We’re the team to beat, says Bokamoso coach

We’re the team to beat, says Bokamoso coach

Maseru – Bokamoso Basketball Club coach Fako Masupha says they are the team to beat heading into the National Basketball League (NBL) playoffs.
It has been an impressive 2016/17 season for Bokamoso.

The men’s team have been crowned champions of the league campaign after beating off heavyweights such as KTA All-Stars, Bashana Ba Heso (BBH) as well as Lichocha Shooting Rifles to the crown.

It is Bokamoso’s third conquest of the season having won the Sprite Memorial Independence Tournament in October and the Sprite Summer Slam Charity Tournament in December.
The big one, however, is the national NBL title which will be decided in the playoffs which get underway on March 24.
Masupha said they are waiting to find out their opponent in the play-off semi-finals but it is likely to be defending champions KTA All-Stars who defeated Bokamoso in last season’s NBL finals.

The women’s team, meanwhile, missed out on the league crown by just a point as they finished second behind reigning champions Lichocha Shooting Rifles.
Nevertheless, along with Bokamoso’s development team, which will contest the B-League playoffs, the club’s ladies will be going for national glory in the postseason.
Masupha said all three Bokamoso teams are looking to win their respective championships.

“We want to win in all categories; we are the team to beat,” Masupha declared.
“We want to show that we are as good as our opponents. Even though our opponents have not yet been confirmed (in the men’s competition), it is likely to be KTA and they always come hard for us.”

Masupha added that having three sides qualify for the NBL playoffs is a success for the club but they are intent on accomplishing more, beginning with the playoffs.
“Competition-wise it has been a prosperous year for us. We are winning our third title (in the men’s division) and the ladies side have also done well,” he said.
Masupha continued: “It has been a good season and we are looking forward to achieving more in upcoming competitions. To have three Bokamoso teams amongst a field of 12 in the playoffs is good for us but our aim is to win the championship.

“The ladies missed out on the league by just one point but we were telling them that when it comes to the championship we should take it.”

Luciah Phahla

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