Basketball players had a feel of the refurbished Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) on Sunday when Crazy Warriors triumphed 67-60 over Southern Zone Basketball League (Sozobal) defending champions Bricks in a friendly match.
The sport lacked a court for training and competitive matches for about four months to pave the way for renovations on the two BYC courts in preparation for Malawi’s recent hosting of the African Netball Championships.
However, the Warriors seemed to have made quick adaptation to the new-look basketball court as they forced the Bricks on the back-foot for the better part of their encounter that aimed at preparing their squads for the kick-off of Sozobal second round this weekend.
Warriors’ electric forward Mike Chimombo proved a thorn in the flesh of the five-time Sozobal champions as he planted in almost half of his team’s baskets.
“We just played social; we did not put all our effort in this game because our main aim was to have a feel of this well-manicured court ahead of the Sozobal second-round fixtures this weekend,” said Sozobal senior player Weluzani Chingota, whose side top the league with 24 points from 12 straight wins.
Southern Region sports development officer Griffin Saenda could not reveal how much they have spent to put the basketball court back in shape after the African Netball Championships.