Basketball Sport

Magic force game three of playoff series

MWEMBE KAONA, Lusaka
MATERO Magic on Sunday night re-ignited their title defence hopes when they beat a less aggressive Hawks 70 – 60 in game two of the 2016/17 National Championship series in Lusaka making amends to their 74 – 76 loss to the same side on Saturday.
Although the birdmen put up a good fight, their zeal and focus was not as sharp as it were the previous night and this time the magicians got their act right.
In the other semi-final, University of Zambia Pacers ensured that they did not have to play a third game to determine who goes to the final when they beat Green Buffaloes 69 – 63 to win the series 2 -0 which will give them more time to rest before the final.
The Buffaloes versus Pacers game did not lack drama as play had to be stopped for close to 15 minutes when an off the ball incident missed the attention of the referee but caused an uproar.
At half time the teams tied 19- all with Buffaloes Lawrence Mubanga leading the teams’ scorers’ statistics sheet as John Kawana did for Pacers.
At the third quarter finish, the university side enjoyed advantage leading 59-54 and in the final quarter point guard Gosa Hamudulu, Lubinda Simukwela and Dominic Phiri kept the soldiers at bay.
In the women’s division, favourites Matero Magic Sparks forced the series to tie one- all thrashing a relaxed Buffaloes 75 -67 in a match where Aminata Diaby’s three point shots made the difference for the Martin Muchena coached side.
For Buffaloes most of their baskets came from 2016 most improved promising player award winners Irene Mutale, Bessy Katete and former Under- 20 international Gift Mwamba.
Meanwhile UNZA Honeys maintained their dominance over Nishati Shells sending them crashing 60-46 in game two of the series.
In the men’s B – League, Chingola Spiders found Junior Magic too much to contend with when they were beaten 99-57.

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