Panthers, Roses book IBF spots


Moorosi Tsiane

PANTHERS and Bokamoso Roses have booked their spots in the Young Lions 3on3 International Basketball Federation (IBF) tournament.

The two teams booked their places in the tournament last weekend. The tournament will be held from 28 November to 2 December in Botswana.

Panthers will compete in the male category while Roses will contest in the female category in the third edition of the under-18 tournament.

Tseko Lekono, Thole Tsotako, Reabetsoe Serame and Mkhoata Motenalapi will represent Panthers while Liteboho Lelimo, Palesa Matlole, Matheakoena Mabathonana and Ntsoaki Snyman will play for Roses in the female category.

The two teams qualified by winning a one-day tournament at Lehakoe last Sunday.

Lesotho will contest alongside Zambia, Burundi, eSwatini, Seychelles, Comoros, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and Botswana.

This will be Lesotho’s second team to compete in the competition having sent another team in January this year.

According to the 3on3 coordinator, Ratšolo Molupe, this will be the second time Lesotho sends a team to this competition with the first group went in January this year.

Ratšolo Molupe, the country’s 3on3 coordinator, told the Lesotho Times this week that they are doing all they can to prepare their teams for the upcoming tournament because they performed poorly in the last edition.

“Our female team won just one match against Zambia in January while the males lost all their games,” Molupe said.

“As the coordinator, I noticed that our shooting was poor. We had equal opportunities with other teams like Botswana and eSwatini but our shooting from range was poor. If we improve on our shooting, maybe we will fare better.”

Molupe said they are already planning several friendlies for the participating teams to ensure that they are also conversant of the rules.

“We need to secure friendlies for our teams so that they can learn the rules of the 3on3 game early before tournament. The 3on3 rules are slightly different from the regular basketball and last time our players seemed not to really know of the rules. It is going to take them some time to adjust so playing many friendlies is the way to go,” Molupe said

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