Basketball play-offs to resume June

Basketball play-offs to resume June

MASERU – The National Basketball League (NBL) championship play-offs will resume in June.
The title-deciding playoffs have stalled and gone cold since a dispute arose two months ago between the Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) and two of its clubs – T98 and Bokamoso.
The association banned the two teams after it found out they used suspended players in their opening games of the play-offs in March.

However, even though T98 and Bokamoso were kicked out, the play-offs still could not go on as planned because the two clubs demanded peace talks with the association at the beginning.
Almost two months have passed and it is not clear how the talks went.
Instead, the play-offs have been put on hold since with no word as to why.

However, speaking to thepost on Wednesday, LBA president Francis Koma revealed the play-offs will finally be played in the first or the second week of June.
He said the current delay is because the LBA is busy with its High School Basketball League (HSBL) which started week.
Koma said the play-offs could have taken place already but T98 and Bokamoso have been playing a cat and mouse game with the association telling saying their players are not available for proposed talks.

Koma said the LBA has decided to give the teams time to get their players together and, if they still come back with the same excuses, the LBA will take action against the clubs.
“We have had some challenges with the teams involved, they told us that their players are not available; they are trying to delay the play-offs,” Koma said.

“At the moment we are still busy with the high school league. We started last week and when it ends we will have the play-offs. I think in the first or the second week of June we will have the play-offs. We decided to give the teams some time but the teams that are giving us problems are the two teams (T98 and Bokamoso) that already have issues with the association, so if by then they are not ready, we will have to act,” he said.

Normally, during this time local NBL teams are preparing themselves to attend the Swaziland International Invitational Basketball Tournament, however, Koma said the LBA is not focused on that event because it is not the local NBL championship.
Bokamoso and T98 won the Northern and Southern Conferences respectively during the NBL regular season.
It remains to be seen if the play-offs, which determine the overall national champion of NBL, will continue or not.

Tlalane Phahla

 

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