South Africa took on host nation Angola in the first edition of the Lwini International Wheelchair Cup in Luanda, Angola today.
Going into this encounter, both teams were unbeaten and the winner of the match would be crowned the Lwini Cup Champions of 2018.
Angola had convincingly defeated Switzerland in the opening match of the tournament, which had surprised many and were playing good aggressive and solid basketball and it was expected that the hosts would give the Sasol Amawheelaboys a tough match.
The South African’s however did not seem to get that memo, as they started the game in a blistering fashion. The Amawheelaboys went hard at the hosts and right from the onset employed the successful press. Angola simply had no answer to this and by the end of the first quarter South Africa held a 22-3 lead.
Jaco Van Niekerk and Thabane Tshange impressed in the quarter and they were clinical with their chances.
South Africa started the second quarter much the same as the first and continued to dominate the game. At times their play was just magnificent to watch.
At the Half Time Break South Africa held a commanding 42- 9 lead.
With such a large lead, South Africa’s Head Coach Lydia Dumond was able to give her bench players the opportunity to perform and she was also able to experiment with combinations.
To their credit, Angola put up a fight of it in the second half and the South African bench players had a tougher time of it.
South Africa started the fourth quarter with a 59 – 26 lead .. Sifiso Gama started indifferently and struggled to get into the game and although Angola played well in the fourth quarter the Amawheelanboys finished off the game with a 70-40 victory in the end to be crowned Champions!