HIGHLANDERS remain the favourites to win the Bulawayo Basketball Association (BBA) men’s league following their 65-56 win against Oilers at the Bulawayo Municipal Sports Club on Saturday.
The win strengthened their hopes of clinching the championship following the pulling out of other title favourites Unicorns from the league.
Unicorns officially pulled out of the league last month after making a series of notices to BBA that they were finding it difficult to travel from Gweru to fulfil their fixtures due to financial constraints.
The Gweru side was joined by ALCC who also sited financial problems leading to them failing to assemble a team. BBA has dropped Nkulumane Stars who have failed to fulfil their fixtures twice making them the third team to pull out of the league with only three fixtures before the league comes to an end.
Howard Phangwana the BBA secretary-general confirmed the pulling out of the teams from the league also saying that it has complicated the log table as they have to comply to Fiba rule that points out that if a team quit or get suspended all the games that team played become null and void.
“We have three fixtures left for the league to come to an end, but our log standings are complicated because of the pulling out of Unicorns, ALCC and Stars. We have to go back to cancel all the games that these teams played because they are now null and void according to Fiba rules. I think by Tuesday (tomorrow) we will be having a clear log standing,” Phangwana said. In the women’s league two teams Giants and Oilers, pulled out during the early stages of the season.