LBA to host awards ceremony

LBA to host awards ceremony

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – The Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) will hold its third annual awards on November 26.

The LBA is yet to confirm a venue but the association’s public relations manager, Ratšolo Molupe, confirmed the awards will go ahead saying they serve as motivation to the local basketball fraternity.

Molupe said the LBA awards have made a noticeable impact on players and clubs who have upped their performances since the introduction of the showpiece event.

And the ceremony is set to be bigger and better this year with soft drink company Sprite coming on board as a backer for the LBA awards.

Once again the main awards will be that of most valuable player (MVP), most improved player (MIP), coach of the year and the respective teams of the year.

“This year Sprite has come on board and they even have their own awards that they will be giving out,” Molupe told thepost on Monday.

“The categories will be reduced; however, we are going to review it. The main awards like the MVP, MIP, coach of the season, team of the year will be there.”

Molupe said competition for accolades is tight.

“The competition is tough because everyone wants to be on top, everyone is putting in energy and that puts everyone in the best place to win,” he said.

Molupe added: “The awards have made a huge impact because it is already a reward for the players for the rest of their lives. It’s something one can be proud of and even after retiring they can still show it and know that his or her efforts were recognised.”

Upstarts Bokamoso South are one of the leading candidates for this year’s awards.

Bokamoso South lead the National Basketball League (NBL) A-Division with 10 points after winning five of their games this season. They are three points ahead of Lichocha Shooting Rifles.

LBA also announced other events for the rest of the year. LBA will hold a picnic and funwalk on December 3. The following weekend, December 10, will see this year’s edition of the annual Summer Slam Charity Basketball Tournament.

LBA has also revealed it will hold development coaching clinics in December.

NBL Standings:

A-Division

Pos. Team P Points W L PF PA DIFF L10 Streak
1 Bokamoso South 5 10 5 0 317 186 131 5-0 W5
2 Lichocha 4 7 3 1 326 216 110 3-1 L1
3 Bashana Baheso 4 7 3 1 205 131 74 3-1 W2
4 KTA All-Stars 4 7 3 1 204 155 49 3-1 W1
5 NUL Rovers 3 6 3 0 154 94 60 3-0 W3
6 Leseli 4 6 2 2 156 131 25 2-2 L1
7 Bokamoso North 5 6 1 4 139 212 -73 1-4 L2
8 LCE 4 5 1 3 115 210 -95 1-3 W1
9 Khubestate 3 4 1 2 89 142 -53 1-2 L1
10 Limkokwing University 4 4 0 4 114 196 -82 0-4 L4
11 Lerotholi 2 2 0 2 58 164 -106 0-2 L2
12 Botho University 2 0 0 2 0 40 -40 0-2 L2

Ladies League

Pos. Team P Points W L PF PA DIFF L10 Streak
1 Leseli 3 5 2 1 128 74 54 2-1 W2
2 KTA All-Stars 3 5 2 1 101 100 1 2-1 W1
3 Lichocha 2 4 2 0 63 18 45 2-0 W2
4 Bokamoso North 2 4 2 0 68 26 42 2-0 W2
5 LCE 4 4 0 4 53 150 -97 0-4 L4
6 Limkokwing University 2 3 1 1 22 76 -54 1-1 L1
7 NUL 1 2 1 0 47 8 39 1-0 W1
8 Bashana Baheso 3 2 0 3 46 87 -41 0-3 L3
9 Botho University 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Lerotholi Polytechnic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 SW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Bokamoso South 1 0 0 1 0 20 -20 0-1 L1

 

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