Three-day tour­ney to mark bas­ket­ball sea­son opener

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - In­no­cent Kurira Sports Re­porter

KHANYISILE Sports Cen­tre courts will to­day play host to the Bu­l­awayo Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (BBA) pre-sea­son tour­na­ment that ends on Sun­day.

The three-day com­pe­ti­tion will mark the be­gin­ning of the BBA 2017/18 sea­son.

Ad­mire Chafa, the BBA sec­re­tary, said the com­pe­ti­tion af­fords teams an op­por­tu­nity to check their state of pre­pared­ness for the new sea­son.

“We are ready to host the first tour­na­ment of the sea­son and prepa­ra­tions have gone on well. Ten men’s teams and six women’s sides will com­pete in the tour­na­ment, mean­ing that bas­ket­ball lovers are guar­an­teed an ex­cit­ing sport­ing week­end.

“We de­cided to have the tour­na­ment at two venues so that we have enough time to get through the games. This is the first tour­na­ment of the sea­son so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how the teams will play. We ex­pect to see qual­ity bas­ket­ball,” said Chafa.

Mav­er­icks are the women’s de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons and will be hop­ing to re­tain the ti­tle at the ex­pense of Nust, Knights, Lu­pane State Univer­sity and Lak­ers.

In the men’s cat­e­gory, reign­ing cham­pi­ons Giants will face stern com­pe­ti­tion from nine other teams, High­landers, Mav­er­icks, Oil­ers, Os­trich, Lu­pane State, City Knights, Glow and Nust, who are go­ing to field two sides.

The league sea­son will start on Septem­ber 29 with the BBA seek­ing to spread the game to the western sub­urbs.

The BBA is also hop­ing to in­cor­po­rate acad­e­mies into the league as a way of cre­at­ing a vi­brant ju­nior pol­icy for the game. — @in­no­centski­zoe.

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