by Tendai Sahondo

The St Ignatius Snr Basketball teams put up stellar performances at the just ended Catholic Secondary Schools Association (CASSA) games held at St Francis of Assisi in Chivhu. The fiery teams managed to snatch Silver at the end of the affair, losing by a whisker to opponents. However, their performance was deemed superior as their progression to the summit was only hampered by extenuating circumstances.

The Snr Boys Basketball team thumped St Peter’s Mbare 29-6, before overcoming Mt St Mary’s 38-23. They were stopped in their tracks by Kutama College, losing 23-6, only for the boys to rediscover glory in the Semi-finals, pummelling Assisi 27-13.

Kutama proved to be a thorn in the flesh for the boys as the team resurfaced in the finals, overconfident and zealous. However, seasoned and tactically astute coach, Owen Kasengezi, rallied the boys, leading to a pulse-stopping show. As final the whistle blew, the two teams were neck on neck, only separated by 2 points with the compassionate Ignitians saving boisterous Kutama from extreme embarrassment by handing them the win.

On the flipside, the Snr girls breezed through the group stages, clubbing St Peter’s Kubatana 11-2 and slightly edging Visitation Makumbe 9-8. They met the hosts in the semi-finals, dominating 8-4, only to act comradely, in solidarity with their male counterparts by handing Visitation the victory in a close 7-5 thriller.

Promising player, Delroy Chitambira scooped the silver Most Valuable Player (MVP) award while Adiel Banda continues to glow in the court as she won yet another bronze MVP award, following the gold she clinched at the recent St George’s festival.

As they returned from Assisi, singing and harassing the school bus in their usual care-free-cheer and chanter, they wore their hearts on their sleeves, proud of their exploits at the games.

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