24 Mar 2019 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAR (NAMPA) University of Namibia Wolves won the Khomas Basketball Federation (KBF) Independence Cup for the second successive season by defeating UNAM Rebels 80-72 at the universitys Gymnasium Hall on Thursday.
In a high tempo match, Wolves prevailed over their rivals by using their fitness and agility to win the trophy and medals in a hotly contested match watched by a sizable crowd.
On their way to the final, Wolves defeated their second team by 100-49 points in the semi-finals, while Rebels defeated Titans (2) by 86-62 points.
In the third and fourth place play off, Wolves (2) beat the Titans (2) by 84-69 points.
On their way to victory, Wolves won all six matches including the final, accounting for clubs like the Bulldogs by 108-18 points, Titans (2) by 92-60 points and Nust Blues 73-55.
Rebels also went through the tournament without tasting defeat until losing the final, beating the likes of Bulldogs, UNAM Raiders, Zula Black Mambas and Plaza Warriors, amongst other teams.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, competition director Michael Mabuku said the tournament was a success as the teams displayed high quality basketball.
We worked hard as a team to organise this tournament and we are happy with the participation in the mens side as 10 teams registered to play. Unfortunately, only one team from the womens side registered, he said.
He added that a team from Botswana was supposed to participate but they encountered difficulties in terms of travelling to Namibia.
Mabuku further added that the winners only received trophies and medals as they did not get any sponsorship.
We are therefore calling on the corporate world to come on board and sponsor the league and individual clubs as this will help develop the sport and put Namibia on the world basketball map, he added.
The KBF Independence Trophy is always played before the league season officially begins and it gives clubs a chance to review their playing personnel and work on playing strategies.
The 2019 KBF league is scheduled to start in the next two weeks.