Basketball Sport

Green Buffaloes make history

MWEMBE KAONA, Lusaka
GREEN Buffaloes broke a 10-year jinx to storm the finals of the Sprite National Basketball Championships by beating Lunga Bullets over the weekend.
Matero Magic came back in game two of the semi-finals to force a third match play-off against University of Zambia Pacers after losing game one on Saturday.
Buffaloes travelled to Chingola to face men’s Northern zone league champions, Bullets, but despite arriving late they managed to win the first game 73-64 in the series.
On Sunday, the two teams took to the court and despite trailing in the first and second quarter, the Army side came back strong to win 76-71.
Buffaloes have not been in the semi-finals of a cup competition.
At National Sports Development Centre in Lusaka, Magic gave their chairman Sydney Kalema reason to scream with joy with a hard-earned 66-65 win over perennial rivals UNZA Pacers .
Magic lost the first game 60-46 on Saturday and started game two on Sunday with confidence and enjoyed a 20-point lead early in the first half.
Coach Obert Shamboko, who was delighted with his boys’ performance, said game three would be tough, but having assessed his opponents at the weekend, the next match would be easier.
“We won because we had a good start but the narrow win was because we became complacent which allowed Pacers to close the gap,” Shamboko said.
In the B-League, Don Bosco put up an impressive performance against Evelyn Hone Nishati Denvers despite playing away in Lusaka and the result means the two sides will clash in game three this weekend in Chingola.
Despite losing the first game 78-73 on Saturday, the tables turned on Sunday beating their hosts 66-48.
In the women’s division, UNZA Honeys advanced to the final with ease beating Lusaka City Council Lootresses 70-32 and 46-37.
Honeys will play Nishati Shells in the final after the latter dispatched Napsa Breeze 61-57 and 64-37.

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