KTA All-Stars coach defiant

KTA All-Stars coach defiant

Maseru – KTA All-Stars head coach Tšepo Ntsoele says he is not worried about the champions’ current position in the National Basketball League (NBL).

The champions are in sixth place with only 24 points after 14 games, a far cry from last year’s triumphant NBL championship victory. And, although KTA have games in hand on the sides above them, their inconsistent performances have not inspired confidence, even if they manage to force their way into the top four playoff spots.

Ntsoele blamed this season’s dip in form on the loss of key players and practice sessions that have not been of the same standard as in their title-winning campaign.
Nevertheless, the KTA mentor insisted being champions means his side have to fight tooth and nail to defend their crown.
“There are two things that affected our performances this season; firstly, we lost our key players at the beginning of the season and, secondly, my team is no longer practising the same way they did last year when we won the championship,” Ntsoele said.

Ntsoele vowed KTA will qualify for the championship play-offs but pin-pointed runaway log leaders Bokamoso South as the favourites to win the title.
He insisted he is not worried about meeting Bokamoso in the postseason should the youthful high flyers finish first on the log, earning the top seed in the playoffs, and KTA end up fourth.

“Don’t look at the log right now,” Ntsoele asserted.
“We will make it into the top four for sure because we have played the teams above us and beaten some of them.”
He added: “Bokamoso has been doing well, they have been winning games. But, remember, last year KTA was winning games; (Bashana Baheso) was also winning games. We will see in the playoffs what happens. But, by the looks of things and how they have been playing, it is obvious Bokamoso are the favourites.”
KTA have a mountain to climb on Saturday when they meet third-placed Lichocha Shooting Rifles at the National University of Lesotho (NUL).
Meanwhile, due to heavy rain, the Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) had to postpone several league games last weekend. The association said it is working hard to reschedule the games and avoid the season being extended.
NBL weekend fixture:
Friday (Lehakoe) at 18:00
Leseli Tigers vs. NUL Rovers (A)
Saturday (NUL) Court A (Mutala)
09:00 KTA All-Stars vs. Bokamoso North (A)
10:00 KTA All-Stars vs. Bokamoso North (L)
12:00 NUL Rovers vs. Limkokwing University (A)
13:30 Leseli Tigers vs. NUL Rovers (L)
15:00 Lichocha Shooting Rifles vs. KTA All-Stars (L)
16:30 Lichocha Shooting Rifles vs. KTA All-Stars (A)
Court B (Machabeng)
09:00 Lichocha Shooting Rifles vs. Bashana Baheso (B)
10:00 NUL Rovers vs. Limkokwing University (L)
11:30 Bokamoso South vs. LCE (A)
13:00 Bokamoso South vs. LCE (L)
14:30 South Warriors vs. Leseli Tigers (B)
Sunday Court A (Lehakoe)
09:00 Bokamoso North vs. Khubestate (A)
10:00 Bashana Baheso vs. Leseli Tigers (L)
12:00 Lichocha Shooting Rifles vs. Limkokwing University (L)
13:30 Lichocha Shooting Rifles vs. Limkokwing University (A)
15:00 LCE vs. KTA All-Stars (L)
16:30 LCE vs. KTA All-Stars (A)
Court B (Lehakoe)
11:00 South Warriors vs. Lichocha Shooting Rifles
12:00 Bashana Baheso vs. Leseli Tigers

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