By Twimepoki Mangani
Disciples basketball team beat Central Zone Basketball league (CEZOBAL) heavy weights Central Knights on Sunday November 13 in a league encounter played at Kamuzu Institute of Sports in Lilongwe.
In the highly tight matchup in which Central Knights were the clear favourites, Disciples trailed in the first quarter which ended 12 – 08. Central Knights kept their foot on the pedal as they finished the second quarter still leading 30-25.
Disciples closed the gap to a single point as the third quarter elapsed with Knights narrowly leading 42-41 before Disciples pulled the right strings and plays to close off a dramatic fourth quarter to win the game 55-53.
In a post-match interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) Coach for Disciples William Mwanza hailed his team for having applied themselves throughout the season as the results are now evident.
“This is our biggest win of the season, we had a goal at the start of the season and we are pushing for that objective which is to be in the playoffs.”
“We knew how Knights play including the areas that they attack and so we closed them out and played to our strengthens,” Mwanza said.
Mwanza further appreciated his team captain Gracious Zimba for his efforts and said they will not undermine any team during the remaining 4 games in the league.
“Zimba is an excellent player he leads from the front, he played three big games this weekend and this was the biggest game. We got three wins, we went game after game to achieve that,” he said.
Meanwhile captain for Central Knights who are second in CEZOBAL, Innocent Mbale admitted that his team needs to step up following the loss to Disciples as they anticipate a tough game against the defending champions in their next match.
“It’s a wakeup call for us, it’s no longer farmer’s league, the league is getting better and so are the teams as you can see we also lost to Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday November 12,” he said.
“The next game against Bravehearts is tough, they have had their ways with us in the past three matches but we hope to bounce back and learn from this game,” Mbale said.
In other matches played in CEZOBAL on Sunday November 13 Bravehearts men beat Dream team 95-33, Kamuzu Barracks won against Pirates 59-47, Cougars defeated Dream team 57-31 while Disciples beat Pirates 51-47.