KTA guns for title

KTA guns for title

MASERU – The race for the National Basketball League (NBL) title is heating up and heavyweights KTA All Stars are aiming to win both the regular league season and subsequent NBL championship.  Last season was one to forget for the basketball giants as they were not only outrun to the NBL title by a youthful Bokamoso South but were also battered on the court as they ended the campaign trophy-less.
But this season things have changed.

KTA lead the NBL log standings with 31 points from 17 games and are vowing not to let this moment go to waste.
Speaking to thepost yesterday, KTA stalwart Ratšolo Molupe insisted this is their chance to return to the pinnacle of Lesotho basketball and he said they have the quality to do so.

Molupe attributed their improved performance this season to the smart business they did during the transfer window by acquiring the services of forward Tšeole Kojane and guard Atang Mantutle.

“We signed players that brought what we didn’t have as a team and it has brought extra energy to the team,” Molupe said.
“The players are Tšeole Kojane who was at the National University of Lesotho last year and Atang Mantutle who play as a forward and a guard. Both of them are still young.”

Molupe added: “We also have a player who returned from Bokamoso, Khathatso Thamae. He won the championship with them last year; now he is back and that has given us a boost. Last year we didn’t play well because most of our players were working and never had time to meet but now we have a group that meets regularly.”

The NBL campaign is divided into a regular league season where 11 top-flight clubs battle it out to claim the top four spots and the playoffs where those four sides battle to decide Lesotho’s champion.

KTA are one of the NBL’s most successful clubs having won three titles and Molupe said they are gunning for their fourth.
The end to the regular league season will be tight, however.
KTA lead but are equal on points with champions Bokamoso who are second.

The top two are just a point ahead of Lichocha Shooting Rifles who have 30 points from 17 games while Lerotholi Polytechnic (28 points), National University of Lesotho Rovers (26) and Bashana Baheso (26) are in a logjam for the fourth and final spot to qualify for the title deciding NBL playoffs.
For Molupe the goal is clear for KTA, though.

“This time around we don’t only want to win the championship (after the playoffs), we want to win the regular league,” he said.
“We are hungry,” Molupe added. “The last time we won the championship was in 2016, it’s 2018 now. We should get back to winning ways.”

Luciah Phahla

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