Wits put on a dominant display in the opening quarter with a flurry of two-pointers and one successful shot from outside the three-point line. Wits rounded off the first quarter with a decent 18 point lead, largely inspired by J. van der Bijl who was in fine form. Tuks struggled to make a come back and only managed to salvage eight points from the first quarter. Tuks started to hit their stride in the second quarter as they looked to launch a steady comeback. Tuks netted 17 points in the second quarter, where Sihle Tshabalala proved instrumental for Tuks by bagging ten solo points. Wits were slightly subdued by the Tuks onslaught, posting only 11 points with two quarters left in the match.

 

The visitors appeared to have renewed their confidence heading into the penultimate quarter. Wits took control of the game, scoring rapid two-pointers with some great counter-attacking play. Tuks struggled to distribute the ball with Miguel Ferrao at the heart of the Wits defence. Tuks also struggled to convert their shooting attempts and were relegated to shooting one-pointers from the free-throw line. Wits wrapped up the third quarter with another 18 points, giving them a commanding 47-33 lead over Tuks with just a single round to play.

 

Tuks were sparked back to life with a collective team effort in the last quarter, but Wits were equal to the challenge. The game turned into a scoring fest with both teams displaying clinical shooting. Tuks ended the game with their highest game total of 19 points in the fourth quarter, one superior to the 18 points scored by Wits. The definitive result on the day, however, was the final score which favoured Wits 65-52.

 

Tuks will go back to the drawing board as they look to regain their form and quench their winning drought. Tuks was also left lamenting the defeat to Wits as it means they fail to qualify for the USSA tournament.

 

Image: Hendro van der Merwe

Website | view posts