Leopards maul UZ Stars as league reaches climax


Staff Writer

THE Mashonaland Bas-ketball Association (MBA) Bohlinger’s Lager League reached the climax last Saturday at Hellenics Sports Club. Stable-mates, Varsity Leopards and the Univ

ersity of Zimbabwe Stars (UZ Stars) clashed in one of the games played.


Leopards overcame their bitter rivals 71-70 in a very close encounter.

Leopards, coming in-to the game still smarting from the previous weekend’s disaster against Raiderz where they lost (76-61), needed to win the game to stay in the hunt for league honours.


UZ Stars have always been tough opponents for Leopards.


The game was a see-saw battle with neither team able to open a gap of more than 6 points. With 12 seconds on the clock and Leopards leading 71-67, Stars’ Tafadzwa “Bingo” Masango set up a grand finale when he nailed an almost impossible three-pointer for UZ Stars.


However, with anxiety gripping both sides, Leopards controlled theball and managed to run down the clock much to the relief of stand-in coach Darlington Masenda who would have suffered the embarrassment of losing to the only woman coach in the MBA, Gamuchirai Kambare.


Leopards sealed a fruitful weekend when they tossed aside Highfields Assassins 63-36.


Tomorrow Leopardsare tipped to easilyovercome Faithwear Jemmers at UZ.


On the other hand, Cameo and Raiders continued to cruise as they both won their games over the weekend, setting up an interesting match-up when they meet tomorrow at Hellenics Sports Club.


Weekend fixtures


Saturday

Venue: UZ pitch

UZ Stars vs Warthaugz – 12 noon (Men B); UZ Stars vs Black Rhinos – 2pm (Women); UZ Stars vs Black Rhinos – 4pm (Men A) and Varsity Leopards vs Faithwear Jemmers -6pm (Men A).

Venue: Hellenics Sports Club; City Wolves vs Western Sixers – 12 noon (Men B); Cameo vs Highdon Raiders – 2pm (Women); South Central vs Gentlemen’s Association – 4pm (Men A) and Cameo vs Highdon Raiders – 6pm (Men A).

Venue: Mufakose

Hawks vs Golden Spares – 2pm (Women) and Hawks vs Golden Spares – 4pm (Men).


Sunday

Venue: Hellenics Spo-rts Club; Mbare Bulls vs Airforce – 12 noon (Men B); Cameo vs Nyamidzi Blazers – 2pm (Women) and Cameo vs Nyamidzi Blazers – 4pm (Men A).

Venue: Mabvuku Eli-Mathias Jemmers vs Hawks – 2pm (Women) and Faithwear Jemmers vs Hawks – 4pm (Men A).

Venue: Mufakose

Western Sixers vs Cavalliers – 2pm (Women) and Western Sixers vs Cavalliers – 4pm (Men A).

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