GIRLS’ High School and Prince Edward successfully defended the National Association of Secondary Heads (Nash) Top Schools basketball tournament after winning the final of this year’s competition at Kwekwe High School yesterday.
Prince Edward emerged winners in the boys’ category beating Churchill 40-27 in the final while Girls’ High beat Nkulumane 34-27 in the girls’ section.
Girls’ High and Prince Edward won last year’s competition which was played at Peterhouse College in Marondera.
To get to the finals, Girls’ High beat Serima 32-16 while Nkulumane had a 31-28 victory over Goromonzi in the semi-finals.
In the quarter-finals, Girls’ High dismissed Cornway College 35-14, Goromonzi beat Minda 45-16, Serima were in a narrow 32-22 win over Regina Mundi while Nkulumane beat Chipadze 35-25.
Hosts Kwekwe failed to utilise home advantage bowing out in the group stages getting a 46-6 drubbing against Serima before losing 32-17 to Minda in their second game to end on position three on Pool A.
Other schools which took part in the competition include Mufakose 2, St James, Hillcrest and Chipadze — although they failed to make it to the quarter-finals.
In the boys’ category, Prince Edward beat Cornway 31-24 while Churchill thumped Dangamvura 51-28 in the semi-finals.
Prince Edward dismissed Loreto 35-26, Churchill beat Serima 49-25, Cornway narrowly won 49-47 over Goromonzi while Dangamvura beat Gifford 37-29.
Kwekwe boys also failed to make a mark to get into the quarter-finals.
Chipadze, Jason Ziyaphapha Moyo and Mosi- oa-Tunya also featured in the competition that attracted 24 schools.
Competition director Simon Lawson said the tournament went well.
“The competition was very tough because no school could be underestimated. We are not surprised that Girls’ High retained the title in the girls’ category because they have a developmental programme which seems to be working for them,” he said.