Namibia selects U-18 basketball teams for Botswana regional tournament

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-04 19:03:34|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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WINDHOEK, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Namibia Basketball School League (NBSL) with the help of the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) recently held national teams' qualifiers in Windhoek.

The games took place on November 2 at the Basketball Artists School (BAS) in Windhoek.

Teams from different towns around the country came together to battle it out for a spot to become the U-18 3x3 basketball National team. Players from Omaruru, Otjiwarongo, Windhoek, Gobabis, Ongwediva took part in the tournament.

A total of 10 boys' teams and four girls' teams took part in the tournament which was played in pools system before reaching the quarters, semi-finals and final.

The third-place female games were played between Legatores from Ongwediva town in northern Namibia and Omtown Pacers from Omaruru in the Erongo region, which Legatores won 8-4. The boys' third-place match was contested by May Days from Ongwediva and the Cube from Omaruru of which saw May Days winning 12-6.

The girls' final match was between Young Beasts from Windhoek and Queens also from Windhoek, which saw Young Beasts beating Queens 15-9.

The boys' final was between two Khomas teams, the Janitors against the Knights, with the Knights emerging victorious with a scoreline of 22-18.

The tournament aimed to select 3x3 teams to represent Namibia in Botswana in the Young Lions U-18 Cup tournament this year, said development officer of NBF Malakia Matias in an interview with Xinhua on Monday.

"I am very much happy to see the commitment from the players... Basketball is really growing in the region and we are still working very hard in making sure that the sport of basketball continues to grow. The new developments of programs in areas such as Oshana Basketball School (OBS), Gobabis Youth Development Academy (GYDA) are fruits of commitment towards growth," Matias said.