The Sasol Amawheelaboys secured their place in the final of the Lwini Cup here in Luanda Angola, after a convincing victory over Switzerland this afternoon.
Having secured a convincing victory against the Emerging Angola side the day before, the Amawheelaboys, were expecting a stiff challenge form their more fancied European opposition in the Semi Final encounter.
Head Coach, Lydia Dumond had the luxury of starting with some debutant players in the previous game and showed faith in young Simingaye Shabalala from the out set given him another opportunity to start the match.
The South African’s charged into the game and employed an aggressive press defence on the Swiss team, who struggled to find a way to threaten the South African basket and young Wolverines player Steven Walgenbach impressed in the quarter, seeing the South African’s to a 18 – 4 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.
A period of inconsistent play from the Amawheelaboys, then followed at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, as the South African’s failed to convert their opportunities, and a period of complacency saw them struggled to give the scoreboard operator much work in the first 6 minutes of the quarter, and in so doing allowed the Swiss to narrow the lead to 8 points.
After a much needed time-outs called by Dumond , the South Africans regained their control of the game and extended the lead at half time to 35-13 .
Thandile Zonke and Zakhele Shelembe were impressive through out the game with solid consistent play and the contribution from the bench meant that the South Africans were able to maintain their control of the game throughout the second half.
The Amawheelaboys however will look back at the encounter with the Swiss and admit that there is still room for much improvement, as the failed to convert on numerous occasions, but coach Dumond was satisfied that despite this, the team was able to finish off the game and end with a convincing 60 -29 score line.
South Africa, will face a stern test in tomorrow’s final however, as the host nations side, have looked really impressive, and will surely make things tough for the Amawheelaboys, who will need to be at their best to ensure they bring the trophy back to South Africa.
Steven Walgenbach (SA) 20 points
Thandile Zonke (SA) 12 points
Cecil Dumond (SA) 8 Points
Thandile Zonke (SA) 3
Kyle Bowles (SA) 3