JBC edge City Hornets in thriller
14 November 2017
KUDAKWASHE Pote turned out to be the hero last Saturday night as he beat the buzzer by few milliseconds to grant JBC a narrow 63-61 victory over Harare City Hornets in the Harare Basketball Association men’s A League.
This titanic battle lived up to its billing as the two powerhouses of HBA, or perhaps Zimbabwe, provided much entertainment, went pound for pound and got to be separated in the final second of the match.
In the first quarter, City Hornets looked determined to run away with the game leading 22-10 before JBC took 14-12, 20-16 and 19-11 leads in the remaining quarters.
But the quarterly scorelines didn’t seem to do justice to the action on the court as JBC and City Hornets had their top performers getting on for a thrilling game.
It was until 5,7 seconds remained on the clock with scores level at 61-all when Pote (13 points) proved his mettle with skill and speed to win it for JBC capitalising on City Hornets’ Simba Mungomezi –an ex-JBC player- miss out on two free throws.
“It’s another two points for us and obviously it puts us in a better position,” JBC technical director, Addison Chiware, told H-Metro.
“I think like I said before, its early days in this championship. It’s a long marathon and we hope we continue with the form and get the desired results.”
Other notable contributors for JBC were Devon Pfachi (14 points; six assists and six rebounds), Taurai Chitsinde (13 points) and Chris Tsvarai with 12 points.
This victory took JBC (11 points) to second position on the points table upon week seven behind Foxes (14 points) while City Hornets are third also on 11 points.
Ben Nyatanga (21 points; 16 rebounds, an assist) was the standout player for City Hornets, if not in the match, but his individual brilliance wouldn’t save the defending champions from conceding their first defeat of the season.
The JBC-City Hornets only but gave an insight of how much the big guns will take on each other in the run for championship glory.
Even HBA chairman Lungisani Mbofana concurs and acknowledged the rivalry.
“You will notice Harare City Hornets lost to JBC. These are bitter rivals. In their march to the championship last year, Hornets won the first encounter and lost the reverse fixture,” he said.
HBA Week 7 results
UZ Stars 51-63 Cameo Sigauke (A)
Foxes 103-57 Yadah (A)
Raiderz B 48-52 Arcadia Bucs B (B)
Mabvuku 42-68 JBC (W)
UZ Rookies 22-47 Green Stars (W)
Raiderz 65-39 Hustlers (W)
HLF Raiderz 76-69 Arcadia Bucs (A)
Varsity Leopards 36-46 Cheetahs (A)
JBC 63-61 City Hornets (A)
Black Rhinos 66-40 FML (B)
Chinhoyi University 22-57 FML (W)
Glen Norah Pistons 50-62 Chinhoyi University (B)
GS Academy 47-60 Vixens (W)
City Hornets 75-11 Chinhoyi University (W)
Chinhoyi University 58-46 Gladiator Knights (B)
Chitown Warriors 58-40 Swagou (B)
Falcons 42-50 Mabvuku (B)
Harare Sons 30-48 JBC B (B)
Drifters 49-49 Foxes B (B)
Cousins Academy 24-56 Lady Lynx (W)
Cousins Academy 49-58 South Side Ballers (B)
Mbare Bulls 33-53 Assassins (B)
Hustlers 77-76 GV Rockets (A)
GS Academy 44-40 UZ Sparks (W)
UZ Rookies 29-48 Arcadia Bucs (W)
Galacticos 44-29 Vikings (B)