Braveheart’s men, ladies set 100 percent league records

Bravehearts men and ladies teams have set unprecedented 100 percent records in the Central Zone Basketball League (Cezobal) League B and Women League, respectively after winning all their league games.

Bravehearts Basketball Club
Bravehearts Basketball Club

The Bravehearts Men completed their clean sheet in Cezobal League B last Wednesday night after crashing a veterans’ side Hoops by 117 baskets to 42 in a game played under floodlights at Civo basketball court.

They accumulated maximum 32 points from their 16 league games and will now be playing in the Cezozal main league- League A from next season alongside regional giants Mimbulu, Bayonets, Cougars and current league leaders Central Nights.

Captain for the side Madalitso Montana Kadiwa said the team was looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the elite teams from Cezobal next season.

“We are looking forward to the challenge. We know it will be rough in the main league but we are not scared of any team. We have played friendly and competitive games against most of the teams in League A and managed to defeat most of them.

“Although we started from League B, we are ahead of the teams in League A in terms of exposure, having played against top teams from Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania and of late Zimbabwe,” said Montana.

Before joining Cezobal League B this season, Bravehearts Men operated as a developmental basketball team, which hosted and visited other local as well as international teams. The team also helped in refurbishing some basketball courts that were in dilapidated condition.

Just like the men side, Lady Bravehearts also sealed their 100 percent record in the Women League in grand style after overpowering Lady Dynamites, who had to throw in the towel after trailing badly in the first and second quarters. The Lady Dynamites could not proceed with the tie at Civo court and forfeited the game with a 20-0 score-line.

Lady Bravehearts captain Lisungu Banda attributed the success of the team, which also won the King and Queen of the Courts National Basketball Tournament recently to the good support the team has been getting from its sponsors G.Y Imports & Exports and Dr Print, who also sponsor the men side.

“We have been receiving maximum support from G.Y Imports & Exports and Dr Print. They have been looking after the welfare of our players, buying the necessary equipment and making sure we get the right training. We owe all this success to them and hope they will continue empowering the girls,” said Banda.

According to Cezobal Womens League chairperson Alinafe Phiri, the Lady Bravehearts, formerly Bayonets Ladies will participate in a play-off involving top four teams from the Womens League to identify the league’s representatives during national competitions.

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