A GOOD START BY THE DUT WOLVES
By: Tony Manyangadze
The Durban University of Technology’s basketball team, Wolves, used their wealth of experience and home advantage to thrash the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard Jaguars.
An intricate display of team work was on display resulting in the hosts scoring baskets after baskets, leaving the spectators roaring with joy.
Several dunks, especially by the Wolves’ base Bruce Chakara, left the onlookers with something to talk about.
DUT Wolves coach, Craig Gilchrisy, was very pleased by his team’s performance. He went on to mention that even though they won, the DUT Wolves were not playing their own game, but their opponent’s.
“We played a little out of control at time. We played to the level of Howard College. We didn’t play as structured as we normally play but when you are playing a really weak team the players lose focus at times. But at the end of the day we won by 90 points, so they did a good job,” Gilchrisy said.
Even some of the players shared similar sentiments with their coach.
Lelo Mtshali, the home team play maker who was on top of his game and played an influential role in sealing the DUT Wolves victory, believed that the team can do even better.
“Even though the score was a bit big, we don’t play to our competition’s level, we play to our own level so we try and push as much as we can and try and get a good game,” stated Mtshali.
The mood was not the same at the vanquished team. Today’s game was a major eye opener for them and their coach, S. Dlamini, who remained optimistic that his side will improve once they picked up on their confidence on offense.
“We have a lot to do, obviously. DUT is a good team and because my side is fairly a new team they are still a bit nervous. So now we need to grow confidence,” said Dlamini.
The final score was DUT Wolves 124 and Howard Jaguars 36.