Stars buoyant ahead of basketball playoffs
KTa all Stars coach Bokang Pharela is confident his team would be crowned league champions after next month’s play-offs.
The Khubetsoana-based female side finished top of the 10-team National Basketball League (NBL) table with 25 points, while defending champions, Shooting Rifles were second (22) and Bashana Ba Heso (18) are third and Bokamoso north are fourth.
Stars have already completed their league matches while the others are left with one match each but cannot reach 25 points.
The four top teams would now have to go for semis and then the final, but Pharela believes his charges have enough talent to win the title.
“we still have to play playoffs next month after the male league has ended so there is still a way to go to clinching that title.
“But the fact that we finished the season at the summit shows we have what it takes to challenge for honours,” Pharela said.
Pharela, who plays for KTa all Stars male team, said his side only lost one of their 18 matches.
“we only lost once to the defending champions, Shooting Rifles, so that is one of the things that give me hope going to the playoffs,” he said.
However, Pharela admitted the team travelled a road filled with challenges but still managed to prevail.
“It wasn’t easy at all because we are a big team and every side wanted to beat us. But I would like to give all the praise to my players because they showed character and never let challenges discourage them. There were times we would be short of players due to their different commitments but those who were there still managed to do the job,” said Pharela.
“The commitment they showed throughout the season is one of the main reasons that put us where we are now. The players responded well to how I wanted them to play so things were much easier for us and if we continue playing the way we did, I don’t see any team beating us in the playoffs.”
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