LBA to host tournament

LBA to host tournament

MASERU – The Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) will host a 3-on-3 Under-18 tournament on Saturday at Lehakoe Recreation Centre.
The LBA will also use the competition to select 10 players to represent Lesotho next January in Botswana at an international FIBA 3-on-3 tournament.
According to LBA president, Francis Koma, five girls and five boys will be selected based on their performances on Saturday.

January’s tournament in Botswana will be the first time Lesotho takes part in the FIBA competition.

3-on-3 basketball is a shortened form of the game featuring teams of three players using one hoop to score, instead of the usual two hoops.
3-on-3 basketball is currently being promoted and structured by FIBA, the sport’s governing body, and has been accepted into Olympic competition from 2020.
Games are played in the half court with a 12-second shot clock and Koma said the Lesotho’s trip to Botswana is fully sponsored.

“There is a tournament in January that will be held in Botswana and the tournament we are having this weekend is meant for selection of two teams to represent Lesotho,” Koma said.
“The tournament is organised by the international basketball federation (FIBA) and we are going to use Saturday’s tournament as qualifiers for January’s tournament in Botswana,” he continued.
“We call it 3-on-3 because in (traditional) basketball there are five players per team but here a team will be built by three people playing in the half court, it is a new way of playing basketball,” Koma added.

“The tournament in Botswana started this year in January but we could not participate because the message came very late for us to make proper preparations but now that the organisers told us in time we are taking part.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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