Gaborone — 2018 Botswana Basketball League champions, Phins Dolphins resumed their championship defence quest with an imposing 71-54 victory against all time rivals BDF V on Saturday.
The youthful Dolphins raced out of the blocks in the first quarter to lead the much experience BDF 23-10 in the first quarter and maintained the same energy to the end of the second quarter with an impressive 39-24 lead going into the first half interval.
Lead by veteran Percy Bolotsang, BDF V came back strongly in the third quarter and made six baskets to cut the deficit to 23 points heading in the final quarter, but Dolphins dominated the fourth quarter on both ends and maintained the lead till the final buzzer.
In a game that was marred by turnovers on both sides, bad shooting and high tempers, BDF V stayed close through the third quarter before taking control in the final quarter, winning it 18-1, but Dolphins earlier buckets in the first half came in handy as they held on to win the game.
Dolphin's point guard Joel Mothusi put up a man-of-the-match performance recording a double double dropping 17 points and picking 10 assists to guide Dolphins to a staling performance that only needed a victory to accompany it.
BDF V were their own worst enemy, hitting just six-of-14 from the field in the period, including one-of-8 on three-pointers.
In his post-match interview, Dolphins coach, Trynos Moyo credited the team for a spirited performance, adding that it was a great achievement as they entered the game as underdogs.
He said it was always a good motivation to record a win in the opening game of the season as it came with a confidence boost that might be carried on in the league campaign, cautioning that it was however crucial to his team not to be carried away by the first since there was still a lot of ground to cover.
Moyo indicated that the team never had it easy in the league due to their youthfulness and lack of resources. "It is always difficult to play against seasoned campaigners like BDF since they are well resourced and financially stabled. A lot of times we rely on high school pupils who end up been poached by the institutional teams as they are well established," he said.
The odds, he said, were always stuck against his team due to other issues such as the depth of the squad and physiological lapses of the young team.
In other games played on Saturday, Troopers had a field day in the court, dominating Francistown Flames 121-51 while Motown Eagles won 70-60 against Diamond Bullets.
Selibe Phikhwe Knights came from behind to win their encounter against BIUST Trojan 64-60 in a tightly contested encounter.
Source : BOPA