Basketball

Buffaloes trample UNZA Honeys, go top

UNZA HONEYS

MWEMBE KAONA, Lusaka
BUFFALOES 80 HONEYS 61
GREEN Buffaloes on Saturday took over the leadership of the women’s Midlands Basketball Association league with an emphatic win over

defending champions University of Zambia Honeys at National Sports Development Centre in Lusaka.
Buffaloes, who in the past three seasons have been beneath the wings of the University side, were in a no-nonsense mood from the start taking a 21-16 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to the efforts of Bessy Katete, Catherine Munachonga and Moono Mudenda.
Buffaloes led 38-32 at half- time and continued on the war path confining their opponents to a retaliatory position.
Not once in any quarter did the soldiers trail and this showed how much they wanted to win, thus setting themselves up as title favourites.
Honeys were strong on the boards through Zimbabwean- born Dorcas Marondera and hard-working Enala Pondani, but it was one of those days when the heavens did not just open for them.
It was a breath-taking day for coach Cuthbert Tembo, who was almost spiced with another setback when men’s side UNZA Pacers managed a narrow 75-73 win over Hawks.
Mwape Konsolo’s Napsa Hurricanes salvaged some pride with a 72-64 win at the expense of Intrepid Bulls while in the men’s B – league Junior Buffaloes carried the day against Huskies winning 66-56.
In the other women’s match, Matero Magic Sparks earned two vital points at the expense of Lusaka City Council Lootresses winning 69-49.
At the Copperbelt University courts in Kitwe, Luanshya Eagles overwhelmed Don Bosco 113-48 in a Copperbelt Basketball Association men’s fixture while Kansanshi Panthers silenced Ndola Nets 69-36.

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