Bokamoso South storms into playoff finals
Maseru – National Basketball League (NBL) surprise packages Bokamoso South have stormed into the finals of the NBL championship playoffs to book a date with Lichocha Shooting Rifles.
Bokamoso triumphed over defending champions KTA All-Stars in the best-of-three semi-finals series last weekend by winning two straight games.
With the win, Bokamoso are making consecutive trips to the NBL finals after losing 3-0 to KTA last year.
Next up as they aim to go one step better against a Lichocha side they beat twice in the league season.
However, Bokamoso coach Fako Masupha said his side will not be banking on those wins in the finals.
Lichocha themselves brushed aside another giant in Bashana Baheso (BBH) to reach the NBL finals.
“It’s a different level and I suppose (Lichocha) will come looking for revenge. They will come hard at us and will do whatever they can to win,” Masupha said.
“We won two games against KTA but we are trying to talk to the boys not to let the win get to them. We have to work hard until the last game,” he added.
Masupha lauded his charges’ mental strength and said it was crucial to beating KTA.
He said the youthful Bokamoso, who won the regular season league championship to earn the top seed for the playoffs, had to use every bit of their exuberant energy to see off an experienced KTA outfit.
“Although I think we are still not perfecting it yet, but our high tempo play helped us, we were hard on those guys,” Masupha said.
“We realised that we lack the kind of experience (KTA) have so we said ‘let’s use our energy to press them’. The mental strength was important for us. KTA was going to do everything they can to win. They are big (in size) and I think our mental strength has really improved.”
Looking forward to the finals, Masupha said Lichocha also have several young players in their line-up so Bokamoso’s approach will not be the same as against KTA.
He said Lichocha play a similar high tempo game.
“(Lichocha) has young players, they also play a little bit like us but they have one or two players that they are relying on while Bokamoso is a unit. But, we are not saying we will not be focusing on the other players in their team,” Masupha said.
The best-of-five NBL finals series is scheduled to begin on April 28.
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