Basketball

Buffaloes sides top Midlands standings

MWEMBE KAONA, Lusaka
GREEN Buffaloes men and women senior sides have taken over the leadership of their respective divisions after posting wins in the

Midlands Basketball Association league fixtures over the weekend.
For the men, it was a vital 67-50 win over defending champions Matero Magic.
Buffaloes top the men’s division with 11 points from five wins and one loss and are closely followed by Pacers, who share the same number of points but disadvantaged on account of basket difference.
Magic, who were until last week league leaders, dropped to third place and have 10 points from four wins and two losses.
Buffaloes team manager David Chitapika, whose wife delivered a set of twins, had more than the new arrivals to celebrate for as the women’s side stretched their unbeaten run to five straight wins when they silenced arch-rivals University of Zambia Honeys 80 – 61 to inflict the first defeat of the defending women’s champions.
Honeys loss was a blessing for Matero Magic Sparks, who beat Lusaka City Council Lootresses 69-49, a situation that pushed the former to second on the table.
Honeys’ Shells continued their disappointing run with their fifth straight loss to unfancied Lusaka Hotspurs going down 50-23 to remain at the bottom of the seven-team table.
In the men’s B league, Earthrow Bull Dogs kept their promotion prospects alive with a walkover win over no-show Assumption Comets from Mazabuka, thus making it six wins in a row.
Defending champions Magic Juniors were in hot form beating Four Seasons 90-63 to remain second on the table while Junior Looters are trailing in third position after posting a 106-94 win over Kabwe Legends.
In the women’s Copperbelt Basketball Association, division champions Lunga Woosters were stunned by Kansanshi Wild Cats who beat them 36 -35 at Copperbelt University Courts in Kitwe.
It was a fruitful trip for Kansanshi Panthers, who walloped Mufulira Magnets 77-62 while Roan Blazers lost 57-54 to Spax Warriors.

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