Schools basketball takes centre stage
The 2016 high Schools Basketball League season gets underway this weekend.
The action explodes on Saturday, with matches set for Methodist high School, Mabathoana high School and NULIS in Maseru while on Sunday, the games take place at Leshoboro in Mafeteng, as well as holy Trinity and St Patrick high School in Mohale’s hoek.
Methodist high School are the defending champions of the competition in both the male and female categories.
According to Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) public relations officer, Ratšolo Molupe, this year’s championship would also have teams from Thaba-tseka where Top8 play-offs of the same competition are going to be held.
“We are anticipating a very exciting high schools competition this year because the majority of coaches in charge of these teams recently underwent intensive training provided by the Federation of International Basketball Associations,” Molupe said.
‘We are expecting over 30 schools to take part in the competition. What makes this year’s championship more exciting is we have teams from as far as ThabaTseka, which shows we are indeed, taking the sport countrywide and not only concentrating on Maseru.”
Ratšolo also said basketball was realising exponential growth spurred by coaching programmes conducted by international experts. Visits by international basketball icons over recent months had also helped increase the profile of the sport in Lesotho, he added.
“I would say 2016 has been very exciting for us as the sport has seen a lot of growth both on the court as well as in administration,” said Molupe.
“however, there is more to come from our national league, which comprises both the male and female categories, and is very competitive.
“Our teams are also making huge efforts to participate in competitions outside the country which is very good for the growth of the sport as this gives the players much-needed international exposure.”