17 January 2006

ZIMBABWE: Jewels fall to Pross

JEWELS started their second half of the Harare Basketball Association League championship on a bad note as they lost to Maxifix Pross at the University courts on Saturday — their fourth defeat of the season.

Jewels were leading in the second quarter of the game but failed to maintain their lead and eventually lost 39-35.
Pross capitalised on every chance that came their way while Jewels failed to get their act together as all they could manage was committing fouls.
Jewels were the only team in the top five to lose at the weekend as Kingdom Cavaliers, Varsity Leopards and Celtics all bagged maximum points.
Pross player coach Steve Mudawarima was effective with free throws and later praised his side’s teamwork.
"It is a good thing that every player in the team played a role and made sure that we walk away the victors at the end of the day because there was commitment and for sure there was team work.
"We have a self belief that we can make it and that is what drove us to making and we hope to continue the season like that.
"At one stage of the game we were 17-8 down after we only managed to score two points in the second quarter but we did not lose hope and instead had to change our type of play.
"That is when Jewels failed to read our play in the second half and as I had said before, their coach failed to pick that as well because the players had no guidance though there was a man on the line," said Mudawarima.
The Jewels duo of Michael Banda and Simba Murava, who were making their debut appearances for the Harare side, failed to impress though Banda tried to come in with a three pointer to save his team towards the end of the game.
Pross’ Francis Muvevi scored seven points off three three-pointers and Tonderai Murimwa chipped in with six points while Mudawarima top scored with 13points off nine free throws.
Jewels responded through Erick Banda who top scored for his side with 11 points while Tapiwa Mugugunyana chipped in with eight points.
Mudawarima added that they are next looking at defeating Celtics, Varsity Leopards and though they have some sort of respect for current HBA and national champions Cameo.
"Jammers have a running game but their boys are not big and for that reason we would be able to beat them this weekend and we are also sending warning shots to Celtics, Kingdom Cavillers and Varsity.
"Maybe the only team that we fear in the league is Roderick Takawira’s side but that does not mean that we would not be able to stand our ground in the fight," said Mudawarima.
In other matches played at the same venue, second-placed Kingdom Cava-liers beat Gentlemen’s Association 98-44 while log leaders Cameo did not have a game.
But that was not good enough to see Cavaliers reclaiming the top spot as Cameo are leading on superior point difference having amassed 29 points from 15 games and have only one defeat at the hands of Varsity Leopards.


A-League: Pross 39, Jewels 35; Celtics 20, Black Rhinos 0; Varsity 91, Golden Spurs 61; Mbare Bulls 29, Mufakose Hawks 106; Kingdom Cavaliers 98, Gentlemen’s Association 44.

B-League: Airforce Falcon 56, Mufakose Hawks 60; Snipers 28, Stormers 87; Crocoss 38, Kingdom Cavaliers 65; Nuggets 34, Nyamidzi Blazers 61; Airforce Falcons 0, City Wolves 20.

Women: Crocos 8, Kingdom Cavaliers 54; Jewels 55, Stormers 19.

By Paul Munyuki from http://www.herald.co.zw

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