Rhodes bas­ket­ball hits the mark

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By SA­MAN­THA CAROLUS

This past Sun­day the Rhodes women’s fe­male bas­ket­ball A and B team’s took on the Uni­ver­sity of Fort Hare at the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Courts in Mother­well and walked off vic­to­ri­ous. The Rhodes A team beat Fort Hare 38-31 and Rhodes Bs beat Fort Hare 50-20.

It was an in­tense game, in which both the Rhodes A and B teams came to­gether as a team, and worked to­gether to win. The Rhodes A team were down by four goals in the 1st quar­ter, dur­ing the time out be­tween the first quar­ter and sec­ond quar­ter the team made a con­scious ef­fort to pick up their heads and keep their fight­ing spirit alive. The A team made a come­back in the sec­ond, third and fourth quar­ters. The team fo­cused on re­triev­ing the re­bound balls and con­vert­ing them into goals, as well as kept their man on man de­fence strong through­out the game, all while pay­ing at­ten­tion to in­ter­cept­ing passes made by the Fort Hare team. The star play­ers of the game were Si­nox­olo Mfana and Lerato Rat­she­fola. Rhodes cap­tain Lerato Rat­she­fola said “the team is slowly bond­ing and this is help­ing us be bet­ter play­ers and to play bet­ter as a team.”

The Rhodes Fe­male bas­ket­ball team is train­ing hard to im­prove their in­di­vid­ual skills and team dy­nam­ics, as they com­pete in the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion league (NMBBA) over the next few weeks.

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