THE first-half of the Bulawayo Basketball Association (BBA) league ended on a dramatic note at Northlea High School on Saturday with the top-of-the-table clash between Highlanders and Unicorns.
Highlanders won 76-72 over Unicorns to make sure they end the first half of the season at the summit of the log. They are on 19 points after winning nine and losing only one of their 10 matches, a point ahead of runners-up Unicorns.
Despite losing to Highlanders, Unicorns’ 101-77’s win over KAOS was enough for them to claim the second place as they have won eight of their 10 games of the first half.
Kings could have gone to the break tied on 18 points with Unicorns, but Southern Mavericks emerged party spoilers as they handed Kings a 62-53 mauling.
Mavericks who go to the break on position five with 16 points have a game in hand. They played nine matches in which they managed to win seven and lose only two.
Giants who got the better of Lords narrowly beating them 53-49, moved to the fourth spot tied on 17 points, but trailing Kings on average.
In the women’s category, Lakers who are yet to taste defeat winning all of their seven matches, went to the leading the pack on 14 points.
Ihlathi Hawks and Highlanders are tied on 10 points after losing four and winning three of their games respectively.
In the only women’s match of the day on Saturday, Highlanders beat Hawks 44-33.
BBA secretary-general Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu said the first half of the season had been competitive and they were looking forward to another exciting half early next year.
“The first-half went well in the men’s section where there was an element of continuity and consistency in terms of fixtures. Credit goes to Highlanders and Unicorns who have been good throughout the half, but we are not ruling out teams like Kings and Giants because they are close, so we hope this kind of competitiveness of our league will continue in the second half of the season,” Ndlovu said.
The second-half of the season will begin early next year in a date yet to be announced.
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