High­landers an­nounce re­turn to BBA League

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khumalo Sports Re­porter

THE High­landers ladies’ basketball team has an­nounced its re­turn to the 2016/17 Bu­l­awayo Basketball As­so­ci­a­tion (BBA) League with a 28-20 vic­tory over Lu­pane State University (LSU), while their male side was downed 24-74 by Giants at Khany­isile Sports Cen­tre.

High­landers, who are one of the old­est teams in the league, had an­nounced that they will not be tak­ing part in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing a player ex­o­dus.

How­ever, fol­low­ing a meet­ing be­tween BBA and High­landers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives held a day be­fore the start of the sea­son, the board came up with strate­gies to make them sur­vive.

“Of course we were hit by a player ex­o­dus, but we are back in the com­pe­ti­tion. High­landers are a big club and one of the old­est in teams in the league. It can­not col­lapse that eas­ily.

“We had lost a num­ber of play­ers to other teams in the league, with some play­ers join­ing Giants in the men’s cat­e­gory.

“In the ladies’ cat­e­gory, some joined An­gels and that had a neg­a­tive im­pact on our team. We are now re­build­ing the team and are look­ing for­ward to a com­pet­i­tive sea­son,” said High­landers Basketball sec­re­tary general Themba Phiri.

In other matches, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons South­ern Mav­er­icks main­tained their win­ning streak af­ter beat­ing City Knights 68-43 in the men’s cat­e­gory.

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