Wire battle as Unicorns takes title

By Sports Reporter

Titans blew away their chance to take the Midlands Basketball Association men A league championship on last day first game against Drifters at Kwekwe Polytechnic games.

The Perseverance Jabangwe coached side had two games in hand going to the last games of men A league with 23 points while arch rivals Unicorns had finished their games with 26 points.

They needed to win both their  games against Drifters and Oltexp to wrap up the title in their bag.

In their must win first match they had  a depleted side missing the immensely talented duo of Gannon Gundani and Prince Mapfumo due to work commitments in the morning match.

They lost the game 57-38.

Although playing without their star players they fielded 17 year old Kwekwe High School student Adore Phiri the youngster surprised everyone with his splendid performance.

Phiri was selected into the Zimbabwe U17 team last year and currently is in camp with Kwekwe District U17 after Mapfumo arrived before the game and Gundani joined in the second quarter.

Unicorns coordinator and player coach Walter Mabhena was watching the games with keen interest together with some teammates and elated when they won the championship on goal differences and head to head scores after finishing on top of the log tied on 26 points together with Titans.

The MidBA season ended with most teams tied up with the same number of points.

Third and fourth placed teams Oltexp, Falcons had 23 points both followed by MSU hawks and Drifters on 20 points while relegated Stallions and Voltrons had 13 points.

Speaking to Observer Sport Mabhena is already planning to bring in new players.

“It was a long season we started with ups and downs but we kept going and improving hard work paid.

“We are targeting one or two players to join us and strengthen our team as we prepare for national championship qualifiers in Bulawayo,” said Mabhena.

When the 2018-19 seasons started Titans were the underdogs and no one gave them a chance.

Unicorns brought in players form Mutare, Masvingo raided former Steelers players.

Oltxep went on a shopping spree while Falcons, Hawks and Drifters strengthened their teams, Titans stick to young local blood to showcase their talents.

“We are grateful to the Lord for coming this far, when we started this club (Titans) we faced a lot of challenges no one believed in us but we managed to pull through and prove who we are.

“We are not in the league to make numbers we are here to compete for the title. It has been an amazing journey and I am happy to be where we are this season we are now preparing for national championship play offs in Bulawayo where we will be underdogs again but we have to go there and perform we can compete with any team in the country,” said Javangwe.

Unicorns, Titans, Oltexp and Falcons have qualified to go to Bulawayo and play in the Zone B national league preliminaries from 5-7 April where top four teams will go to Mutare in May for the national league finals.

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