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State of Basketball in South Africa

July 22, 2012 in News

“Some say the latest move around BSA is politically motivated (looking at the interim board with old PBL faces and SAFA executives it makes you wonder), some say that it is the usual cull that happens after a few years of one board being in charge; please read the article below and make your own conclusions. “

9 July 2012

From the office of the CEO:

To: SASCOC Members

Provincial Affiliates of Basketball South Africa

Sport and Recreation South Africa

Provincial Departments of Sport and Recreation

Provincial Sports Councils

Dear Colleagues, 

RE: State of Basketball in South Africa

Mr Mubarak Mahomed and his Transformation, Ethics and Dispute Resolution Commission had interaction with the executive of Basketball South Africa and in so doing uncovered various issues in the federation around lack of governance and issues of reckless spending to the extent that the federation is technically bankrupt. The commission made recommendation to the SASCOC Board and the SASCOC Board resolved that the matter be referred to the Transformation, Ethics and Dispute Resolution Commission Chaired by Mr Mubarak Mahomed for investigation. Read the rest of this entry →

FIBA Africa Zone VI Club Tournament gets underway

November 14, 2011 in FanZone

FIBA Africa Zone VI Club Champs

Date: 11 November 2011

South Africa is proud to host the 2011 FIBA (Federation Internationale Basketball Association) Africa Zone VI Club Championship (sponsored by ESPN) from November 14th to 21st, 2011 at the Mandeville Sports Club (near Eastgate Shopping Center). This will also present an opportune occasion to officially launch the NBA Africa office and the introduction of BBall, a new lifestyle television show on SABC1 on Saturday afternoons. Read the rest of this entry →

Curtains Fall on FIBA Zone VI Qualifiers

January 17, 2011 in News

AS the curtain closed on the successful Fiba Zone VI Games for both men and women on Saturday held at the University of Pretoria’s indoor sports centre, the South African basketball should have lots to cheer about with the men’s team qualifying for the All Africa Games to be hosted in Mozambique.

The South African men’s senior team were unfortunate, though, to miss out on qualification for the Fiba African Championship or Afrobasket, to be held in the Ivory Coast after being edged out 78-74 by their more polished Mozambican opponents the last game of the competition at the weekend. Read the rest of this entry →

Zambia women fall to Zimbabwe for the second time

January 15, 2011 in News

Zimbabwe women met Zambia for their second game against each other in the tournament. The first time these two teams met, it was a massacre for the Zimbabwean team as they marched over a Zambian team that could not seem to get the ball into the basket.

Fast forward to the second game between these two teams – going into the game, it was almost obvious that the Zimbabwean team would dominate like they did in the first game, right? Wrong? Zambia started the game and outhustled, outran and outscored the Zimbabwean team 19-14 in the first quarter. That’s more points than they scored in the entire first half in the first game between these teams. The Zimbabwean team was playing their reserves most of the game – none of the usual starters played more than 10 minutes. Read the rest of this entry →

Mozambique Women cruise past South Africa easily

January 15, 2011 in News

Ladies: South Africa vs. Mozambique

13 January 2011-  The second round between the two teams was another blowout in Mozambique’s favour. They started the game pressing South Africa in a 2-2-1 press and forcing them into early turnovers. South Africa was making the mistake of trying to dribble through the press, and as a result the team made 38 turnovers in the game, with 21 of them coming from their point guards.  This allowed Mozambique to get into their transition game early and outscore their opponents by 37-14 in the first.

The second quarter was much of the same and Mozambique went on a barrage from downtown en-route to making 11 out of 20 attempts from three point land in the game. The South African ladies seemed out of wind, out of sync and vastly overmatched up against Mozambique as they headed into half time trailing 24 -71. An interesting observation was creeping up on me at this stage – Anabela Cossa (6 Mozambique) was yet to miss an attempt in this game – she was perfect from the field. Read the rest of this entry →