THE Bulawayo Basketball Association (BBA) men’s league is heading for a nail-biting finish after second-placed Giants narrowly beat log leaders Highlanders 45-41 in a match played at Bulawayo Municipal Sports Club on Saturday.
With one game before the end of the season, Giants are on 24 points — the same as Highlanders, but they trail log leaders by the head-to-head rule.
Highlanders won the reverse fixture against Giants with a wide margin giving them an advantage over Giants.
The two teams are not comfortable at the table as Southern Mavericks who are on third position with 22 points have a game in hand.
In another game played in the men’s league seventh-placed KAOS succumbed to a 65-44 defeat by Kings who moved to 21 points. KAOS have 13 points, one ahead of Milton who are rooted at the bottom of the table with one game to spare before the end of the season.
There was more action in the women’s league as log leaders Lakers proved to be championship favourites nailing Highlanders 70-33 to move on to 23 points. Stars lost to Hawks 57-49 before a 26-86 drubbing by Southern Mavericks. They had lost to Mavericks 28-62 in their previous match making it three league defeats in a row.
The match between Highlanders and Hawks was a walkover in favour of the former as Hawks failed to fulfil the fixture. BBA secretary-general Howard Phangwana hailed the teams for being consistent despite facing financial challenges.
He said the problem has led to the withdrawal of some clubs like Gweru-based Unicorns, Stars and ALCC while in the women’s league Giants and Oilers made an early exit to the league.