Bricks are just a step into the Kati Scales Southern Zone Basketball League (Sozobal) title defence after winning against Crazy Warriors 62-59 and 78-60 during the play-offs at the Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) on Sunday.
However, their rivals Magangâ€™a, tied on both points and aggregate with Lox360, will have to get into an extra decisive match to qualify for the finals. Magangâ€™a beat Lox360 69-57, but Lox360 retaliated with a 96-84 triumph in the second game.
According to Sozobal general secretary, Banthari Banda, the semi-final game between Magangâ€™a and Lox360 will be played after the Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) All-Stars National Championships in Mzuzu on November 3.
But Banda said the losing team in this encounter will face Crazy Warriors in a third-place encounter as the best three teams will make it into the National Basketball Championships at the end of this end.
Bricks, Lox360, Magangâ€™a and Crazy Warriors could automatically be the champions, runners-up, third-placed and fourth placed teams in the 11-team league after the completion of the second-round matches a fortnight ago, but Sozobal revived the play-offs format to make the contest more competitive.
At the end of the second round, Bricks topped the table with 34 points from 19 games whereas Lox360, Magangâ€™a and Crazy Warriors completed their games with 32, 30 and 24 points respectively.