African Bible College (ABC) point-guard Todd Stiles put up a grand performance to inspire Central Zone Basketball League (Cezobal) in the G.Y-sponsored All -Stars Championship glory after beating Southern Zone Basketball League (Sozobal) 63-46 at a packed Civo Court in Lilongwe.
Stiles was a delight to watch and claimed 26 points as he led the demolition of the Sozobal team which was captained by Hope Chisamanga.
It was a double triumph for Cezobal whose ladies also emerged champions after walloping Sozobal ladies 53-24 in the final game.
Cezobal also got the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in Stiles. The Cezobal ladies also produced the MVP in Takondwa Lwazi.
“We overrun them, at no time did they pose a serious threat. The game plan was to give out 101 percent for the team. The players played as a unit,” said Cezobal coach Jacob Chikoya.
His counterpart Blair Phiri, who is also the national coach, accepted the loss, saying: “Our shooting was not accurate. We missed a lot of chances and that cost us. It was not just our day I guess.”
However there is hope for Sozobal after their Rising Stars team showed potential, beating Cezobal 62-50.
For emerging champions, Cezobal men took home K650 000, Cezobal women pocketed K500 000 whereas Sozobal Rising Stars received K250 000.
Speaking on behalf of the Cezobal ladies, Lisungu Banda-Moyo said there has been great improvement in the ladies basketball, signalling a bright future.
Each team also got K100 000 as appearance fee.
G.Y Imports and Exports head of publicity Daud Hussein described the All-Stars finals as a great success, saying: “We are happy with the level of play. The teams had prepared well and we saw a lot of improvement. As G.Y we are very committed to developing basketball. We have sponsored a lot of tournaments and we will continue to do so until the game is on equal level with other countries in Africa,” he said. n