It was to be. The encounter between both the SPAR Proteas and Uganda She Crane was always going to be a tough battle on court. South Africa may have a psychological advantage against Uganda considering that the last time these two met, the latter won.
Uganda was the first team to get off the mark and really took the game to the SPAR Proteas who were forced to chase the game and fight back to take the lead on the eighth minute.
A few possession turnovers and errors made it hard for South Africa. At the end of the first quarter, the SPAR Proteas enjoyed a three-point lead. The score was 13-10 in favor of South Africa.
Uganda did not let this deter them as they started the second quarter the same way they did the first one. The first centre pass of this quarter belonged to them and they made sure that they convert it and reduced their score deficit to two points.
The resilience and fighting spirit of the SPAR Proteas team and their never-die attitude proved to be very pivotal as they had to dig deep to come out of their shells, challenged Uganda and made sure that they take the lead ending the quarter 28-22.
South Africa did not rest. They came into the third quarter, they played with the same intensity that they had in the second. During this series, the SPAR Proteas have sealed their victories in the third quarter of every single match.
At some point in this match, they enjoyed a ten-point lead and managed to pull away ending the quarter 42-30. Dorette Badenhorst seemed to stick to the same players for three quarters and just moving them around into different positions throughout the match.
This seems to have worked very well in her favour as they won the match 57-37. “We knew that it was going to be a physical match against Uganda and we needed to be mentally ready for that one,” said SPAR Proteas Head Coach Dorette Badenhorst.
She added; “There is a lot happening outside of the four lines. However, ours is to make sure that we concentrate on the game. Playing against other African countries is always tough and as I have been saying since day one, we will underestimate no one, everyone gets the same respect from us.”
South Africa will play their final match of the tournament against hosts Namibia on Tuesday 16th November 2021, while She Cranes final game of the Tournament tomorrow will be against neighbors, Kenya.
Quarter Score Breakdown:
Q1: SA 13-10 Uganda
Q2: SA 28-22 Uganda
Q3: SA 42-30 Uganda
Q4: SA 57-37 Uganda
Uganda Results so far
Uganda 62-36 Namibia
Uganda (52)-(33) Zambia
Tanzania 29-77 Uganda
South Africa 57-37 Uganda
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