Botswana: Spartans Survival Dreams Fades

Gaborone — Spartans' survival in the Botswana Basketball elite 'A-League' faded even deeper as they registered their sixth loss of the campaign on Saturday.

Spartans suffered a humiliating 122-44 defeat at the hands of Dolphins.

The youthful Dolphins raced out of the blocks in the first quarter, leading the much-experienced opponents 30-5 in the first quarter.

They maintained the same energy to the end of the fourth quarter with an impressive 78 point lead at the end of the final buzzer.

Spartans never had it easy in this year's campaign as they are placed the second bottom in the league. Spartans have one win in the seven games they have played against fellow league strugglers, Francistown Flames, who occupy the bottom spot in the league.

As things stand, Spartans relegation survival seems bleak and will have to battle it out in the relegation playoffs with Motown, who are the current B League runners up.

Spartans' poor run in the league, however, seems not to deter head coach Thato Mekgwe from believing in his team's potential as he said in an interview that there was still a lot to play for in the remaining games.

Mekgwe indicated that a lot could be derived from their previous fixtures as they were pitted against much more competitive opponents.

"We are yet to face BDF V who are just two points and two wins above us in position four, hence it is important that we win games against competitors in the relegation zones if we are to survive in the leagues.

Our next game against BDF V could be a determining fact in our quest for survival," he said.

He admitted that his team might be aging and this could be a contributing factor towards poor performance in the court.

He said there were a lot of positives from his side and the inflated scores line should never be used as a measure of success since his team do not stand any chance at all for an upset against their seasons' counterpart campaigners.

The odds, he said, were always stuck against his team since they played youthful teams with more depth on the bench and full of running.

Meanwhile, in other games played on Saturday, Selebi Phikwe Knights narrowly defeated BIUST Trojan 56-54.

Source : BOPA

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