Last Saturday’s rainy weather left the Queen’s basketball court wet, resulting in the cancellation of the school’s first team game against Port Elizabeth rivals Grey High School.
Due to safety and security reasons, stand-in coach Nkululeko Gamede said the game was cancelled in the first quarter when Grey was leading with five points and one point for Queen’s.
“We always have the best interests of our boys at hear and had to cancel the game because the courts were wet.”
Responding to the overall performance by the players on the day, Gamede said: “We are extremely proud of the boys and their growth in the past two years. This is essentially our second year playing basketball and we were able to put about 50% of wins in our pockets. This obviously shows that the sport and the boys have developed in such a short time. The number of boys wanting to play basketball has increased. We are getting a lot of schools from around the province who want to play against us so there are exciting times ahead.”
Grey teacher-in-charge, Siyabonga Denga, said the game was tight. “Queen’s have obviously started basketball recently,but they were pushing us hard. We were slowly starting to get ahead.”
Gamede said they were looking forward to the upcoming tournaments which will greatly contribute to the growth of the sport at the school
“The U16s were at the St Stithian’s College basketball tournament and the next couple of tournaments coming up are the St John’s U15 and the first teams basketball tournaments as well as the Jeppe U14 tournament. We are excited that we were able to find tournaments outside the province to expose our boys to basketball in different areas and how different provinces receive the sport. There is no doubt that will continuously help us grow. Basketball is arguably one of the fastest growing sports provincially and nationally, especially in the summer season,” said Gamede.