Khubestate crowned champions

Khubestate crowned champions

MASERU – Khubestate Basketball Club are celebrating after being crowned champions of the 2018 Summer Slam Basketball Tournament on Sunday at Lehakoe Recreation Centre.
Khubestate claimed the crown by beating current National Basketball League (NBL) champions Lerotholi Polytechnic, despite rain and bad weather.

It was an upset victory for Khubestate against a Fokothi side that had dominated the tournament only to fall short at the final hurdle against their NBL counterparts.
Speaking to thepost after the match Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) deputy president Tefo Mosala praised the two finalists but said, overall, this year’s tournament was not the success organisers had hoped for.

Mosala pointed to the lack of foreign entrants as a reason the level of competition was not as high as in years past.
“I think the tournament went well but not as we had planned it because we had six confirmed teams until Friday evening and then one team withdrew from participating and we were left with five teams,” Mosala said when assessing this year’s Summer Slam Tournament.

“We played a round robin type of tournament where every team played all the other teams (in the competition) so that, in the end, we had a number one up to number five (on the log standings). The top four teams then played semi-finals and finals to determine which team became the champions,” he added.

Mosala continued: “The tournament was competitive. Every team worked hard, Lerotholi Polytechnic dominated throughout the round robin group but eventually they lost in the final.
“Every team won and lost at some point, it was not just a walk in the park playing this tournament. The teams had to come prepared and bring their ‘A team’.

“However, to be honest, compared to previous tournaments the standard was not as high as we expected because we are used to having many teams from eSwatini, Zimbabwe and South Africa, so this tournament did not have many competitors (for the title),” Mosala said.

With the Summer Slam Tournament in the books, the NBL’s sides will enjoy a break from competitive action until the New Year. The first round of the league season is complete and the second round will launch in January.

Nkheli Liphoto

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