Bas­ket­ball gears for fi­nal stretch

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

The Le­sotho Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LBA) is hop­ing this week’s four-day clinic held at Lehakoe Recre­ational Club would help take bas­ket­ball to a higher level.

The sem­i­nar started on Mon­day and ends to­day and was meant to equip de­vel­op­ment and ladies teams with the ba­sic fun­da­men­tals of the sport.

LBA Di­rec­tor for Coach­ing and De­velop- ment Fako Ma­supha and KTA All Stars ladies team coach Bokang Pharela, con­ducted the clinic.

Ac­cord­ing to LBA pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Molupe Ratšolo, the train­ing seeks to en­sure the play­ers are ready when the se­cond round of the sea­son re­sumes on the se­cond week of Jan­uary.

“We are ba­si­cally try­ing to pre­pare our play­ers be­fore the se­cond round of the sea­son gets un­der­way es­pe­cially our ladies and de­vel­op­ment teams,” said Ratšolo.

“The pur­pose of the clinic is to equip the play­ers with the ba­sic fun­da­men­tals and help grow their game and work on their con­di­tion­ing be­fore the league cam­paign re­sumes,” said Ratšolo.

Ratšolo added the clinic was con­tin­u­a­tion of the work Ma­supha had been do­ing in Thaba-tseka, Butha-buthe and Leribe dis­tricts since the be­gin­ning of this month.

“It’s ac­tu­ally a con­tin­u­a­tion of what Ma­supha was do­ing be­cause he has been go­ing to Thaba-tseka, Butha-buthe and Leribe for such clin­ics and fo­cus­ing solely on the de­vel­op­ment of young play­ers,” he said.

Ratšolo, who also plays for KTA All Stars, said the first round of the sea­son was “su­per” but ex­pected com­pe­ti­tion to be tougher in the fi­nal round.

“We will re­sume the se­cond round on a very high note af­ter a very good first round. You can see that the com­pe­ti­tion has been im­prov­ing in our league and we want to see more of the same in the se­cond round,” said Ratšolo.

na­tional Bas­ket­ball League big guns Bashana Ba Heso (white) and KTA All Stars (blue and red) in ac­tion at Lehakoe in this file pic­ture.

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