Botswana: Police Winning Streak Continues

Gaborone — Police V ladies basketball team continued their winning streak with an imposing 82-46 victory against an inexperienced Dream team during the Botswana Basketball League (BBL) game on Sunday.

The 'Poplets' as the ladies Police team is affectionately referred to, entered the contest on a five-game winning streak.

In its previous match against UB Relics, Police came out on top and stamped their authority in the league dominating the university side with 74-12 score line at the end of the fourth quarter.

The Sunday's game was no different as Police cruised to a 36 points victory and captured their sixth win in their last six game to remain the only unbeaten team in the league.

Police started off strong behind the hot hand of senior guard, Kemmonye Madikwe and the leadership of senior national team player, Andie Kalebwe.

The national team star forward, who is an MVP-caliber player in her own right and looked to push her team to the top of standings, had her work cut out for her against Dream team youth rookies as they struggled to deal with the much experienced counterparts.

If the match statistics are anything to go by, Kalebwe has then been the driving force behind Police V ladies team either with points on the board, rebounds or assists as she tops all in the roaster.

Through the first five minutes of play, Police controlled the paint and the pace of the game, drawing two fouls, forcing Dream team to the bench as early as the second quarter.

In a game that was marred with turnovers on both sides, bad shooting and tempers flying, Dream team stayed close through the third quarter, before taking control in the final quarter, winning it 18-16, but Police earlier buckets in the first half came in handy as they held on to win the game.

Perhaps more impressive than the 6-0 start to the season is that Police currently has the longest active win streak in the BBL dating back to last season with seven straight wins. In a post match interview, Police coach James Kalebwe took the cliché, 'just one game at a time' approach as his team prepares for the next encounter.

"As defending league champions, we do not have to be carried away by our early dominance and the 'one game at a time' mantra is a deeper preparation that allows my team to be prepared for each opponent we meet on the court," he said.

Meanwhile, on other league games played over the weekend, Motown Eagles defeated Phikwe Knights 71-41 and Spartans won 53-46 against Francistown Flames.

Dolphins ladies were victorious against bottom of the log placed UB Relics with a 75-25 scoreline.

In what was arguable the match of the weekend, Troopers narrowly beat Dolphins 60-58 while Botho University lost the university bragging rights as they were defeated by UB Relics 61-52.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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