The basketball play-offs resume | MENAFN.COM


(MENAFN – La Poste) MASERU – The National Basketball League (NBL) playoffs will resume on October 8, the Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) has announced.
As with all other sports codes, basketball took a hiatus in June when the government shut down sports following an increase in Covid-19 cases.
With the new announcement, the LBA wasted no time in bringing the fun back, although it might not be too much fun for the players as they only have two weeks to prepare for the crucial games.

On the men’s side, Lerotholi Polytechnic is already in the final and awaits the winner between Tornado 98ers and Khubetsoana All Stars (KTA). Both teams will play in a Best of 3 series with the winner advancing to the final.
On the women’s side, it’s a final between Bokamoso Dolphins and Lerotholi Polytechnic. Finals are usually a Best of 5 series. Although it has not been announced where these games will be played, the LBA regularly uses the National University of Lesotho (NUL), Maseru Club, Lehakoe Recreational Center as well as Lesotho College of Education (LCE) as sites.

When asked if two weeks is enough for players to prepare and return to action after such a long period of absence, association spokesperson Hopolang Hoala said there was a pressure and a hunger for basketball to resume its activities. The association has said it wants to finish the playoffs after experiencing previous seasons that have not ended and look forward to starting a new season afterwards.

LBA also said that as basketball returns to the pitch, the safety and well-being of players and their families will always be important. The LBA has encouraged teams to follow guidelines for public gatherings to ensure a safe return to sport.
“We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to conclude the basketball season,” said the LBA.

“We hope our league can find a way to get back to action this summer. “

Tlalane Phahla

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