BBH, Ri­fles crowned bas­ket­ball cham­pi­ons

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

BASHANA Ba Heso (BBH) and Shoot­ing Ri­fles were crowned Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League cham­pi­ons at Le­hakoe Recre­ational and Cul­tural Cen­tre last week­end.

BBH beat KTA All-stars 3-2 af­ter a five-match se­ries to claim the male cat­e­gory while Ri­fles won 2-0 also against KTA All-stars in a best-of-three tour­na­ment to be crowned fe­male cham­pi­ons.

BBH coach Tšepo Makhu­pane told the Le­sotho Times that the team was thrilled to beat fiercest ri­vals who have dom­i­nated them for so long.

“We are very happy to have fi­nally won the league ti­tle. I can tell you it was not easy es­pe­cially af­ter los­ing most of our key play­ers in the mid­dle of the sea­son due to school com­mit­ments. How­ever, credit must go to all the play­ers who sol­diered on un­til the last day of the com­pe­ti­tion,” Makhu­pane said.

“KTA beat us in the fi­nal last sea­son and it was a very painful ex­pe­ri­ence for us. But be­cause we knew our po­ten­tial, we took it as a learn­ing curve and con­tin­ued to work hard, and the de­ter­mi­na­tion even­tu­ally paid off.”

Makhu­pane high­lighted that for BBH to main­tain the mo­men­tum, the man­age­ment would be us­ing the cur­rent off-sea­son to groom young tal­ent and en­sure what­ever gaps left should some of the play­ers leave, are eas­ily plugged.

“We strug­gled af­ter los­ing a lot of our play­ers in the mid­dle of the sea­son so we will be groom­ing young tal­ent now that it is off-sea­son,” said Makhu­pane.

On his part, Ri­fles coach, Bokang Sehlabaka hailed his charges for their com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion.

“It was all about ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and hard work. The road we trav­elled was tough be­cause we were play­ing some very good teams, es­pe­cially KTA, in the fi­nal.

“I also be­lieve the kit spon­sor­ship we re­ceived from Seshoeshoe played a big role in mo­ti­vat­ing the play­ers. We were sup­posed to play three games but since we had won the first two, there was no need to play the last match,” Sehlabaka said.

Sehlabaka also said Ri­fles would em­bark on a groom­ing ex­er­cise this off-sea­son, to en­sure there is con­ti­nu­ity in the team.

“Tech­ni­cally, we are a very good side, but we have a very thin squad so we will be re­cruit­ing play­ers be­fore the sea­son starts,” said Sehlabaka.

Teboho Nkotsi of KTA All-stars (mid­dle) goes for a lay up dur­ing the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League fi­nal played at Le­hakoe Recre­ational Cen­tre last week­end.

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