Hardwood Kings wins Winter tournament

Hardwood Kings wins Winter tournament

MASERU – On Sunday, South African outfit Hardwood Kings were crowned 2018 Basketball Winter Tournament champions after beating Bokamoso 71-57 in the 2018 Basketball Winter Tournament at Lehakoe Recreation Centre.
However, despite the success of a foreign side, Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) public relations officer Marake Nkoko praised Bokamoso and other local sides which took part in the tournament.

The Basketball Winter Tournament is an annual competition that attracts teams from outside the country and has grown from year to year.
Nkoko said teams used the opportunity to give their new players a chance to play and gain fitness ahead of the new season with the National Basketball League (NBL) marathon set to begin in September.

“The performance was good and the spirit was high, a lot of new players took part in the tournament,” Nkoko said.
“The support was also massive considering the fact that this tournament was just a tournament organised by the basketball teams themselves. Basketball as a sport is growing very well, the level of competition was high compared to our previous tournaments. We are able to compete and even give foreign team’s tough time on the court,” he said.
Nkoko said the increased exposure to playing teams from South Africa and other neighbouring countries is helping Lesotho basketball.

“Maybe we are getting inspiration from the fact that we have players in foreign countries, that gives us spirit because we are able to see our strengths and weaknesses,” Nkoko said.
“There is no big difference between our teams and foreign teams, it is just that they have better resources and equipped; we just need resources to become the best we can be, to be on the same level with other teams we need infrastructure because we all use the same environment which is Lehakoe. The same environment limits our talent so when foreign teams come we are exposed,” he said.

Nkoko continued that the LBA is working hard to prepare for the new NBL season.
“The teams are also preparing,” he added.“They are currently busy in the transfer window reinforcing their squads.”

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