KTA to take on  Tornado 98ers

KTA to take on Tornado 98ers

MASERU – The National Basketball League (NBL) playoffs kick off on Friday with Khubetsoana All Stars (KTA) taking on Tornado 98ers in the first game of a Best of Three men’s semi-final series.
The winner will proceed to the NBL finals to meet Lerotholi Polytechnic.
The women’s finals series has already been set and it will also start tomorrow with Bokamoso Dolphins and Lerotholi Polytechnic facing off in a Best of Five series to determine the ladies’ champions.

Basketball is making its long-awaited comeback this weekend after a near three-month hiatus because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking on Tuesday, Bokamoso head coach Sam Ntšekhe said his team is ready to face Lerotholi but admitted the time they have been given to prepare has been short.

Two weeks ago the NBL announced the season would resume which put teams in a race against time to shake off rust and return to competition.
Nevertheless, Ntšekhe said his charges are happy to be back playing again.
He added that, as the defending women’s champions, Bokamoso’s aim is to win early against Lerotholi and not have to play all five games of the series. In a Best of Five, the first team to win three games triumphs.

“We want to win this (first) game, we don’t want to play all of these five games, therefore, every game we play is like a final game,” Ntšekhe said.
Ntšekhe confirmed he will be without several players for the first game as some are schooling in South Africa while others will miss the game due to personal reasons.

“We will be missing players and we have been affected but I am a soldier, I fight and I am going to fight with the ones I have,” he told thepost.
“I am training with the players that are in Maseru because our team is built on players coming from different districts, those in the districts are training and we will be meeting for the first time with them since the games stopped. However, I do have a player from South Africa coming to boost the squad,” the Bokamoso coach added.
Ntšekhe said the defending champions do not have injuries ahead of tomorrow’s game and the players are delighted to be back on the basketball court again.

Tlalane Phahla

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