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Chaos hits basketball faction

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The league programme in Harare Basketball Association (HBA) faction led by Gilchrist Mageza got underway over the weekend amid poor organisation.

There was confusion from the outset when the Women’s A League match between Varsity Leopards and Hustlers at Richwood Park was called off at the eleventh hour.

The match was supposed to start at 1330hrs but the two teams were left stranded after they arrived at the match venue only to realise that the venue had already been booked by the national volleyball team.

However Mageza, president of the splinter group which is recognised by the Basketball Union of Zimbabwe, blamed the confusion on the owners of the match venue, whom he accused of double booking.

“We were also surprised when we got to the match venue only to find that the volleyball guys had been booked at the same venue because we had already made our bookings.

“Fortunately only one match was affected and hopefully that scenario will not happen again as the season reaches the second week,” said Mageza.

However the drama was not finished as the Men’s A League match between Assassins and Cavaliers was awarded to the former through a walkover.

The organisers had last week said Cavaliers had crossed over from the HBA splinter faction led by Roderick Takawira and they did not turn up for the match.

However before the no-show, in the women’s league JBC made a good start to the season after a comfortable 22-46 win over LA.

Two matches scheduled for Glen View were moved to Dzivaresekwa after the organisers realised on Saturday that courts at the match venue were not up to standard.

The Raiders’ men’s team went on to dismiss Pistons 47-35 while their ladies’ team lost to the Pistons 24-12.

The most nail-biting encounter of the day featured Nuggets and Stormers and the latter sneaked home 36-37 as the fans were kept on the edges of their seats for the better part of the match.

However there seemed to have been more sanity at the splinter faction led by Takawira which entered the second half of their season over the weekend after week nine fixtures on Saturday at the University of Zimbabwe Basketball Courts.

Title aspirants in the Men’s A League Cheetahs brightened their chances of lifting the league title with a 65-19 demolition of the Chinhoyi University of Technology men’s team.

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