Basketball: Grand Final Fiesta-Double wins for BSA primary and Mont Fleuri secondary


Souvenir photo of the winners

The two schools also won all the individual awards for best players of the tournament in the primary and secondary categories.

For the post-secondary institutions, the School of Business Studies and Accounting (SBSA) were the female winners, while Maritime Training Centre (MTC) took home the male title.

Organised by the Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF), the event gathered all finalists of the various age group knockout competitions organised during the year.

For the secondary school and post-secondary institutions categories, the competitions started with a league, with the top-two clashing in the finals, while the primary tournament was played on a knockout system. Primary schools from the inner islands had their own tournament with the winners qualifying in the finals.

In the girls’ primary school final, Baie Ste Anne defeated Mont Fleuri primary school 20-17. After winning the first half 10-6, Baie Ste Anne narrowly lost the second 10-11, but their first half lead was enough to earn them the title.

Compared to their female counterparts, the Baie Ste Anne primary boys completely dominated their opponents as they inflicted a heavy 30-12 defeat on Plaisance primary. They won both halves 20-4 and 10-8.

In the girls’ secondary final, Mont Fleuri overcame a slight first half resistance to beat Anse Boileau 36-18. At the end of the first half, Anse Boileau led 11-9. It was during the second period that Mont Fleuri, with Laura Françoise playing a big role for them, switched to a stronger gear to crush their opponents 27-7 to be crowned winners.

The boys’ secondary final also featured Anse Boileau against Mont Fleuri, with the latter winning the match 39-27 to finish as champions. Mont Fleuri won both periods 21-11 and 18-16 respectively.

The much-awaited post-secondary female final was a one-on-one contest between national women’s league best player of the season Jana Malbrook (SBSA) and runner-up Agnes Bristol of the National Institute of Health and Social Studies (NIHSS).

After winning the first half 10-9, the NIHSS slipped during the second which they lost 10-12, allowing the SBSA to be crowned the queens. The final score was 21-20.

As expected, both players led their teams’ scoring load, with Malbrook scoring all her team’s 21 points, while Bristol scored 18.

The men’s match which featured the School of A’Level studies (Sals) against the Maritime Training Centre (MTC) started on a very high tempo, leaving all spectators on the edge of their seats.

Boasting some players who feature in the division one league, MTC were better organised both in offence and defence, and they comfortably led 16-6 after the first half.

Sals, however, brought their game together in the second period which they won 15-11. With their first half lead, MTC managed to hold and to win the match 27-21.

All winners received trophies presented by representatives of sponsors – National Sports Council, Ministry of Education, Cable & Wireless, Land Marine, Ste Anne Resort and Spa and Seychelles Trading Company.

Best Players of the tournament:

Primary school
Boy – Daryl Etienne (Baie Ste Anne primary)
Girl – Naticha Barra (Baie Ste Anne primary)

Secondary school
Boy – Hendrick Simeon (Mont Fleuri secondary)
Girl – Laura Françoise (Mont Fleuri secondary)

Post-secondary institutions
Male – H. Monthy (MTC)
Female – Jana Malbrook (SBSA)

R. D.