BBH back in form

BBH back in form

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – Bashana Baheso (BBH) head coach Tšepo Makhupane is confident his charges are starting to gain momentum after a slow start to the National Basketball League (NBL) season.

BBH, champions in 2015, began the 2016/17 NBL season with a loss to Bokamoso South in September and also lost three of their first four games at the Sprite Memorial Independence Tournament at the start of this month.

However, they have gradually worked themselves back into form.

Makhupane’s charges have won their last four NBL games and are tied on points with log leaders Lichocha Shooting Rifles.

Their turnaround was highlighted by Sunday’s 58-50 statement win over arch-rivals and reigning champions KTA All-Stars at Lehakoe Recreational Centre.

Makhupane blamed injuries to key players for the team’s slow take-off and he praised the team’s character for turning things around.

“This season we started a bit slow, 60 percent of our players were out with injuries and we struggled a bit. We also didn’t do well in the (Memorial Independence) tournament but we are starting to get back,” he told thepost on Tuesday.

He added: “Our passing has improved. The players that were out with injuries are now back with the team and the morale in the team is very high. We are getting back to our normal level. We are not there yet but we are starting to show our game.”

Makhupane said BBH are looking to recapture the NBL championship this season and there are areas he would like his team to improve.

One such is maintaining concentration through all four quarters of the game, an issue he said cropped up in Sunday’s win over KTA All-Stars.

“We need to play direct and also play the entire game,” Makhupane said.

“This past weekend against KTA we didn’t play for the entire game, there were moments we didn’t play. Besides that, there are still minor things that we still need to work on and improve on.”

Meanwhile, the Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) will host its annual awards on November 25 while the Sprite Summer Slam Charity Basketball Tournament is scheduled to take place on December 10 and 11.

NBL logs:

A-Division:

P Points W L PF PA DIFF L10 Streak
1 Lichocha Shooting Rifles 6 11 5 1 578 278 300 5-1 W2
2 Bashana Baheso 6 11 5 1 324 217 107 5-1 W4
3 Bokamoso South 5 10 5 0 317 186 131 5-0 W5
4 Bokamoso North 7 9 2 5 225 306 -81 2-5 W1
5 KTA

All-Stars

5 8 3 2 254 213 41 3-2 L1
6 Leseli Tigers 5 8 3 2 247 216 31 3-2 W2
7 LCE 7 8 1 6 230 450 -220 1-6 W1
8 NUL

Rovers

4 7 3 1 190 149 41 3-1 L1
9 Khubestate 5 5 1 4 122 207 -85 1-4 L3
10 Lerotholi Polytechnic 4 5 1 3 141 245 -104 1-3 L1
11 Limkokwing University 5 5 0 5 141 314 -173 0-5 L5

Ladies:

P Points W L PF PA DIFF L10 Streak
1 Lichocha Shooting Rifles 4 8 4 0 170 71 99 4-0 W4
2 KTA

All-Stars

5 8 3 2 204 179 25 3-2 W1
3 NUL

Rovers

3 6 3 0 144 59 85 3-0 W3
4 Bokamoso North 3 6 3 0 88 26 62 3-0 W3
5 Leseli Tigers 5 6 2 3 162 139 23 2-3 L2
6 LCE 5 5 0 5 72 178 -106 0-5 L5
7 Bashana Baheso 4 4 1 3 74 106 -32 1-3 W1
8 Limkokwing University 2 3 1 1 22 76 -54 1-1 L1
9 South Warriors 2 2 0 2 25 101 -76 0-2 L2
10 BKMSS 2 1 0 2 21 78 -57 0-2 L2

 

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