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BNL: Tshwane Suns heading back to the top?

By on August 1, 2014 in BNL
Photo by Frennie Shivambu

Photo by Frennie Shivambu

On a six-game unbeaten run, the Tshwane Suns seem to have a firm foot on the accelerator and they are odds-on favourites to retain the title in the second season of the Basketball National League. The Suns, who are second on the log, have had a good run of form and look set for a place in the semi-finals.

One of the vital cogs in helping the Suns juggernaut has been three-point specialist and shooting guard Dumisani Moyo, whose shooting was pivotal during last season’s championship run and led to the Suns enjoying their unbeaten run so far.

“It doesn’t matter where I am (around the three-point line), I take them as I get them,” said Moyo about his three-point shooting, that saw him being voted Most Valuable Player in their 51-39 victory over last season’s beaten finalist, Mpumalanga Rhinos two weeks ago.

“Shooting three-pointers is a fragile thing, you can be consistent in one game and just fire blanks in the next. It’s not about individual accolades, I was just doing what I normally do (against the Rhinos).”

Having been inactive for the second time this week, the Suns could feel aggrieved that the breaks could disrupt their momentum. But Moyo does not see the inactivity as something that would hamper his team’s progress, but chooses to see it as an opportunity to improve their team chemistry and iron out the mistakes made in previous matches. “Even though we won our game this past weekend, the break allows us time to asses things and review what we need to work on,” said the final year BCom Investment Management student at the University of Pretoria.

The Suns next face the seventh placed Free State Warriors, who have played seven games, won three and lost four, at the Wembley Arena on Saturday. Moyo believes his team will go into the game with their feet firmly rooted to the ground. A victory for the Suns would allow them to close in on the newly formed KwaZulu-Natal franchise, Duzi Royals, who have played two games more than the Tshwane franchise and will be inactive this weekend.

“They are a pretty good team (the Warriors) like all other teams and we can’t afford to be complacent against them,” said the Zimbabwe-born Moyo.

On his team’s chances of winning the title again Moyo, who started playing the game as a 14-year-old, says they are the same team with the same objective. “We are confident of retaining our title. We are a team that’s playing great basketball at the moment and luckily there is continuity in our team. We only added one player to our roster and that’s Letlhogonolo Tholo. Besides that the chemistry is the same among the players,” says Moyo who believes he has learnt a lot from the game. “I have shown some progress as compared with last year, but I am still a student of the game and there are areas which I can still improve.”

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