The quiet ones are usually the deadliest. They sit by and watch everything steadily unfold and when the right moment comes, they strike with great vengeance. That’s a predator. Can this be used to describe Bandile Nsele and his performance for the Kwazulu Marlins against the Eastern Cape Windbreakers? Though this season can be described as an unsuccessful season for the Marlins, perhaps this is one of the great signs that will show Coach Craig Gilchrist that they have a lot to build on towards next season.
The Marlins and Windbreakers both looked focused when they opened matters for us on Sunday. Dinilesizwe Madika was once again on a mission to lead Eastern Cape’s attack, him and Luvuko Manana answered Coach Mfundo Ngangamsha’s call for offense. The Windbreakers kept scores close early as the Marlins had a slender lead of 18-14 at the end of the 1st quarter. The Marlins stretched it out in the 2nd, making some defensive stops and gaining from some of Eastern Cape’s turnovers which pushed the halftime score to 47-25. Benjamin Constable played limited minutes but was able to clock-in a double-double of 10-points and 10 rebounds. Ryan McFie had himself another big game cleaning up the boards; he tallied up 14 rebounds to go with his 8 points. The story of the game was Nsele though, he scored a season high 28-points while making 12 of 14 field goal attempts and 4 out of 7 free-throws. The game finished 94-50 to the Marlins. Madikwa and Manana scored 18 and 15 points respectively for Eastern Cape.

The Mpumalanga Rhinos and Free State Warriors had a speed-meet appointment. The Warriors were lead, as always, by Albert Maqabe and Vusi Sithole who did most of their scoring. Unfortunately for Coach Clemen Kock, he needed more of his Warriors to show up. The scores stood at 32-29 to Mpumalanga at the halfway mark, but Coach Andile Hlophe’s Rhinos came out stampeding in the 2nd half. They clamped down on defence with Marcus Mokwena grabbing 16 rebounds before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Mondli Gama was also a menacing figure on the boards as he took 13 rebounds. Sizo Sambo benefited a lot from the rebounds as he leaked out to score a number of points on the break, he finished with 14 points. A number of other players contributed to their points and the Rhinos steadily ran away with the game as it finished 70-52. Sithole and Maqabe scored 18 & 17 points for the Warriors.

The Tshwane Suns are ready for the playoffs; the Tshwane Suns have BEEN ready for the playoffs. More and more players are putting their hands up for the count as Coach George Makena keeps a stern eye on a 3peat. The Suns’ defence is something that one cannot get tired of talking about, and it is a major concern for all teams to think about. Though there is a great offensive threat always looming, it is their defence that gets the wins. Christian Kabasele was once again a nuisance for the opposition, but some quick adjustment had him on lock-up by Tich Mabiza. Neo Mothiba came out and handled the Suns’ scoring and had them in from early. Larry Jackson was also a large figure and caused problems in the paint. Coach Makena looked to his bench to maintain the lead and guys such as Elias Manganyi, Bongi Nkosi and Mpendulo Kholwa went on a rampage; their defence and scoring would have been signs that the Suns are looking vicious and are ready to go the whole 9 yards once again. The final score was 99-56 with Mothiba posting 23 points and Jackson adding 18. Kabasele finished with 15 for the Pride.