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Bravehearts Edge out Kamuzu Barracks.

By Twimepoki Mangani

Lilongwe, Mana: The defending Central Zone Basketball League (CEZOBAL) champions Bravehearts had  a hard earned win against play off aspirants Kamuzu Barracks on Sunday October 23 at Kamuzu Institute of Sports in Lilongwe.

The match started off on a rather unfortunate path as Bravehearts Guard Ian Limbe suffered a facial injury due to a collision occurred during the first minute of the game, which saw him leave the court and never return.

The first Quarter saw Bravehearts burst out for a quick lead as it ended 21 Baskets to 10. In the second Quarter Kamuzu Barracks used their physicality to creep back into the game cutting the lead to 4 points as the quarter ended 30-26. The third quarter ended 41-35 before Bravehearts could finish strong in the fourth quarter to win the game 62-46.

In a post-match interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) Assistant Coach for Bravehearts Basketball Dominic Munyenyembe admitted that Kamuzu Barracks indeed gave them a run for their money during but was glad the team got a win and stated that Ian Limbe is doing well after he sustained a cut.

He said: “The game was tough because KB is physical. We had a challenge in the third quarter, but we managed to pull up in the fourth quarter.”

Munyenyembe said that the team will continue to work hard in the upcoming fixtures as they will also be preparing for an international trip to Mozambique.

“We shall go back to the drawing board and improve. God willing we shall go to Tete Mozambique in November next month were we have been invited for a friendly, so we are ready to fight and we shall continue to take each of our next games seriously,” Munyenyembe said.

In a separate interview, Assistant Coach for KB Isaac Kafamveka was pleased with the manner in which his team played while attributing the loss to fatigue as a result of the consecutive games they had.

“The game was good, we started on a low pace and then our guys picked up. Our struggle in the later quarters might have been as a result of fatigue from games we played from Saturday. However we accept the loss, the guys played good despite other things we did in the game,” Kafamveka said.

Kafamveka whose side experienced their first loss of against Bravehearts said that they are assured that they are going to make the playoffs this year.

As of October 24 Bravehearts is on top of the league having played 12 games, Disciples are second, Central Knights are third while Kamuzu Barracks are in fourth position while Baseline aces has been suspended and relegated after accumulating three forfeited games.

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