THE BULAWAYO Basketball Association (BBA) league second half kicked off on a high note at Northlea High School on Saturday with top four teams in the men’s league in action.
Highlanders maintained their top position after beating title contenders Gweru-based Unicorns on Saturday.
The two teams went to the league neck-to-neck with Highlanders leading the pack on 19 points after winning nine of their 10 matches, a point ahead of Unicorns.
It is, however, Highlanders who kept their chances of clinching the championship alive when they narrowly beat the runners-up 53-48.
Highlanders moved from 19 to 21 points after beating the Gweru side.
Their loss to Highlanders saw Unicorns dropping to position three following Giants’ 85-38 win over Lords.
Giants are now on 19 points, trailing to log leaders with two points while Unicorns are now three points adrift of Highlanders.
Southern Mavericks moved to 18 points, drawing levels with Unicorns.
They beat Kings 76-46 to pick maximum that moved them to position three.
Kings dropped crucial points that could have seen them piling pressure on the log leaders as their win could have taken them from 17 to 19 points.
Highlanders, Unicorns and Southern Mavericks are the three BBA teams expected to take part in the proposed basketball national league that will feature teams like Cameo, JBC, Raiders, Cheetahs (all Harare) and Mercenaries (Mutare)
In other men’s league matches, ALLC beat Milton 69-43 while Oilers passed through Kaos 71-52.
There was only one match in the women’s league following Highlanders’ request to postpone their match against Mavericks.
Lakers maintained their unbeaten run as they trounced second-placed Hawks 70-35.