B-ball schools league ends on high note
THE Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) has commended the just-ended high school basketball tournament for its role in fostering the growth of the sport in the country.
The tournament that started with 40 schools in March came to an end on Sunday with Christ the King High School and Mabathoana High School crowned champions in the male and female categories respectively.
CK, as Christ the King is popularly known, defeated Sacred Heart 38-21 in the final, while Mabathoana edged St Stephens 22-20 in the female final.
In an interview with the Lesotho Times this week, LBA public relations officer, Ratšolo Molupe, said the high school tourney was a big success and raised the standards of the sport in the Mountain Kingdom to another level.
“This competition has become very important because the core of our young players are found at the high school level,” Molupe said.
“It was satisfying to have schools from as far afield as Thaba-tseka participating in this year’s edition of the tournament, which was not the case in years past. So it shows there is massive growth.”
He said the competition had also become a good scouting ground for the association’s top flight clubs.
“This competition has become a good platform for our big teams to identify budding talent that can bolster their squads,” said the LBA publicist.
“They attend matches, scout for young talent and develop it into a finished product.
“That, for me, shows we are going somewhere and it is always very good for continuity and the growth of young players.”
Molupe also expressed gratitude to fast food restaurant chain KFC for sponsoring the tournament.
“We are grateful to KFC for sponsoring the tournament by providing medals and sporting attire to the eight teams that made it to the last round of the competition,” he said.
“It is no secret we had financial struggles without sponsors and having to depend on the small subvention from the government.”
“Having KFC on board really made life easy for us as they gave playing attire and bought medals for the winning teams as well as the players.”
Molupe added: “We now await the start of our new basketball league that will get underway in September and will be followed by two other tournaments in the Independence Cup and the Summer Slam that will feature an international team.”
LBA public relations officer Ratšolo Molupe.