Raiderz halt UZ Sparks
7 November 2017
…City Hornets on top
GUARD Francisca Sekete has stressed out the need for Raiderz to be solid in their quest to defend the Harare Basketball Association Women’s League crown.
Sekete made the remarks following Raiders’ tense 48-41 victory over UZ Sparks whom they dethroned from the apex on Sunday.
“It as a very heavy game. Personally I enjoyed the game,” Sekete told H-Metro.
This was more than just a game with both teams driven by itching backgrounds. Raiders ought to safeguard what is theirs while UZ Sparks, who were runners up last season, are eager to push for a podium finish this time around.
This made a good ingredient for this game although Raiderz would attain victory after a pretty good fight from UZ Sparks.
“The game was tough, UZ were confident and practiced the whole week. They had so much support which gave them so much confidence against Raiderz.
“It was a great game and UZ had confidence because they have beaten some other teams and are well trained playing their hearts out.”
Although Kudzai Muringazuva contributed 25 points for UZ Sparks, this wasn’t good enough to save the game as Raiderz had Maria Mutengo (11 points), Sekete (nine), Fadzai Mutengo (eight), Shamiso Sigali (seven) and Wadzanai Mupapa (six) making useful contributions.
This triumph ensured that Raiderz move on to 10 points, with about two games in hand, thus reducing the gape with UZ Sparks by two points.
Sekete is convinced collect full points whenever necessary will be the key to their success once again. The win over UZ Sparks counts as a first step.
“For Raiderz it was crucial to win this game. You can’t breakdown and lose your games. It is a very crucial win,” she said.
Meanwhile, debutants Harare City Hornets (13 points) are proving to be the team to beat after posting massive wins, 81-7 over First Mutual Life and 102-5 over Bindura University, to become the new log leaders and set up their run for the championship.
Mufakose Hustlers, Vixens and JBC all registered wins to stay within the top table radius.
HBA Week 6 results
Arcadia Bucs 51-91 JBC (A)
Harare City Hornets 80-39 UZ Stars (A)
FML 7-81 Harare City Hornets (W)
Galacticos 45-50 South Side Ballers (B)
Hustlers 37-30 Lady Lynx (W)
GV Rockets 46-61 UZ Stars (A)
Foxes 82-63 Cameo Sigauke (A)
Harare City Hornets 86-46 Hustlers (A)
First Mutual Life 39-48 Mbare Bulls (B)
Vixens 92-16 Bindura University (W)
Bindura University 51-45 Black Rhinos (B)
Swagou 43-41 Falcons (B)
Bindura University 5-102 Harare City Hornets (W)
Assassins 50-49 Chinhoyi University (B)
Glen Norah Pistons 51-48 Bindura University (B)
Vikings 17-45 Chinhoyi University (B)
Green Stars 51-24 Mabvuku (W)
Arcadia Bucs 35-40 GS Academy (W)
Mabvuku 41-37 Chitown Warriors (B)
Drifters 28-55 Arcadia Bucs (B)
UZ Stars B 40-48 Hustlers B (B)
JBC 58-19 UZ Rookies (W)
Cousins Academy 42-48 Gladiator Knights (B)
UZ Sparks 41-48 Raiderz (W)
Cheetahs 64-61 Raiderz (A)
Yadah 45-56 Varsity Leopards (A)