Masupha hails basketball standards at schools finals

Masupha hails basketball standards at schools finals

Maseru – High School Basketball League (HSBL) coordinator Fako Masupha has hailed the level of play at last weekend’s HSBL Top 4 finals.

The country’s foremost basketball competition for high schools was held at the Lehakoe Recreation Centre and was won by ‘Mabathoana in the girls’ competition and Johnson Baker in the boys’ section.

‘Mabathoana beat St. Stephens 26-18 to win the girls’ title while Johnson Baker were made to sweat for their victory as they beat Christ the King (C.K.) 28-22 in a tense finale.

Masupha praised the standard of basketball on show and declared the Top 4 finals a major success.

“Compared to last year the performance this year was high and very competitive, which is an improvement,” he said.

“It was great and fun. We saw new teams coming in and lots of talent in those new teams.”

Masupha added: “Another thing we saw was young coaches and I think it will help them to attend the coaching courses we do host as the (Lesotho Basketball Association). In that way they will be able to improve their clubs. Coaching is very important in developing the game.”

The HSBL finals were played alongside the National Basketball League’s (NBL) All Star Tournament in a move to motivate the high school players in attendance.

The All Star Tournament, which featured the NBL’s best players, was also held to bring together the country’s top basketball players and promote a spirit of oneness. Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) public relations officer Mookho Ntebe said its objectives were achieved.

“The performance was very good; the attitude of the players showed they are growing,” Ntebe said.

HSBL Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards:

‘Matšepo Mojela (‘Mabathoana High School)

Bokang Thetha (Johnson Baker High School)

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