The Harare Basketball Association (HBA) Super 6 Basketball League second round swung into action again this Sunday at the City Sports Center in Harare with six very interesting games on the cards.
In one of the matchups of the day, defending women’s champions Vixens secured a hard-fought 49-46 win over JBC ladies.
Vixens’ victory was inspired by a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds from Memory Mataga.
Leaders UZ Sparks maintained their unbeaten run with a 38-25 win against Girls High School side Greenstars 38-25 to extend their winning streak to six matches.
UZ Sparks was as usual led by Kelly Mhembere and Tadiwa Mabika who grabbed 10 rebounds each. Stella Chikowore caused more damage by leading the scoring with 11 points.
The former champions Harare City Hornets feminine found their winning ways as they started the second round on a winning note, outclassing Bunnies 62-47.
Thelma Goredema led all scorers with 24 points while Chido Willie helped with 18 rebounds.
UZ Sparks still top the women’s league with 12 points from 6 games while JBC have 10 points on second and Vixens have now improved to third over Bunnies both with nine points.
Hornets now have a record of two wins in six games and are still fifth while winless Greenstars anchor the bottom of the table.
In the masculine side of the league, the defending champions Foxes clobbered Hornets 79-58 to continue their revival after a poor start to their title defence.
Gabriel Mhosira led his teammates to a win to start the second round with 14 points and nine rebounds, one rebound shy of a double-double.
Tatenda Maturure did not get as much help with 25 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort for the Hornets.
The next encounter saw JBC continue to win as they won for the sixth consecutive game, beating Leopards Academy 89-74.
Panashe Kaduya had a very good outing scoring 24 points while Dyvonne Pfachi weighed in with seven assists to inspire his team to remain top of the log standings.
The last game of the night saw Arcadia Bucs lay off the UZ outfit 77-61. Tichaona Chinyanganya outperformed everyone with 17 points for the Bucs and 8 rebounds as well.
JBC still top the men’s log standings with 12 points off six games followed by Bucs, Leopards and UZ who all have 9 points separated by score differential.
Foxes are on fifth with eight points after managing their second win with Hornets at the bottom with a solitary win.
More matches return next Saturday as Bunnies play against UZ Sparks and look to snap the win streak while JBC plays Hornets and Greenstars face Vixens. In the men’s league JBC plays UZ before Bucs play Foxes and Leopards will look to return to winning ways against Hornets.
Provincial League Results
Bulawayo Basketball League (Venue: Khanyisile Sports Club)
Mavericks 32-23 City Royals (WOMEN A), Angels 22-34 Highlanders (WOMEN A), Clippers 40-33 Highlanders (MEN A), Mavericks 37-50 Legends (MEN A)
Gweru Basketball League (Venue: Raylton Sports Club)
Mimosa Celtics 53-37 MSU Hawks, Unicorns 44-39 Legends, Warriors 62-28 MSU Hawks, Wolves 48-55 Falcons