Summer Slam tourney set to roar into life

Summer Slam tourney set to roar into life

MASERU  – The 2017 Summer Slam Basketball Charity Tournament will take centre stage this weekend at Lehakoe Recreational Centre.
The championship will see National Basketball League (NBL) go head-to-head with teams from neighbouring South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

The annual showpiece is held by the Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) as a way of giving back to the community and promoting the game.
LBA public relations officer Ratšolo Molupe said several international teams have confirmed their participation.
The visitors will include South African outfits Phoenix – which is bringing both its men’s and women’s teams – Braam Blues and Good Fellas.
Local heavyweights, meanwhile, include KTA All Stars, Bashana Ba Heso (BBH) and defending champions Bokamoso.

“It is important for a local team to retain the title because that will show that we are getting better and better when it comes to our basketball,” Molupe said. “The preparations are going very well for the tournament, by Friday we will be ready to jump.”
“We have improved a lot when it comes to the entire sport given that there are a lot of international teams coming through (to compete at the tournament),” he added.

“Our play has also developed a lot given that last year we had two local teams contesting the final.”
Molupe said the LBA has invited a local charity to attend the Summer Slam championship. The charity will be presented with gifts.
Last week the association held its annual pre-tournament fun walk and picnic to raise funds.

Nkheli Liphoto

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