WINDHOEK, 11 May – The Khomas Region dominated on the basketball court during the first day of the 2018 National Youth Games (NYG) in Windhoek on Thursday.
The region’s boys’ team were the first on the court against Oshikoto and managed pull out a convincing 57-31 victory.
The Khomas boys displayed good tactical awareness against their taller and more aggressive opponents, using their speed and agility to outplay Oshikoto.
The second match of the day saw the Khomas girls taking on their counterparts from Otjozondjupa.
The one-sided match produced the highest score of the day with the host region winning by a 100-8 score line.
The different levels of play between the two teams was so evident that Otjozondjupa only managed to score all their points in the last quarter.
The third game of the day saw girls’ teams from Oshikoto and Ohangwena playing a drab match which produced little action as it was marred by unnecessary fouls and mistakes from both sides.
The match ended 21-19 in favour of Ohangwena.
The final match of the day then saw the host region Khomas boys taking the field for the second time in the day when they faced Otjozondjupa boys.
The game also exposed the gulf between the two regions as the visiting team missed several baskets when it seems easier to score than miss.
The home region however made them pay by converting every scoring opportunity that came their way.
As with the similar fixture on the women’s side, Otjozondjupa only registered their first point during the third quarter and managed to add five more in the last quarter in their 6-60 loss.
Khomas boys lead the log-standing on four points from two victories while the girls are on top of the log with two points because of a better scoring difference.
Over 1 800 athletes and officials are taking part in the NYG, which will see a national team selected to represent the country at the Region Five Games in Gaborone, Botswana from 07 to 16 December this year.