Poly Bobcats put home-court advantage to good use on Saturday when they made a perfect start to their National Bank of Malawi (NBM) Mo626 College Basketball Tournament campaign with with two victories.
TheBobcats beat College of Medicine (CoM Lumricals) 81-30 thrashing CoM Lumbricals and 82-40 demolition of Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA) Blantyre Campus.
Bobcats coach Banthari Banda, whose team failed to cross the semi-final stage line last season, said the two victories last weekend are a fair warning to opponents that there are more big-margin victories to come in their search for ultimate glory.
“Although it is too early to make such a statement, I believe it is important to show our determination for the ultimate glory,” he said.
“It was painful to lose our semi-final match to Chanco Hawks last season and we have left no stone unturned to win all our matches by the widest score margins possible in the latest edition.”
On Saturday, Poly’s two victories were inspired by power forward Francis Banda, who contributed over half of his team’s points to emerge as last weekend’s most valuable player (MVP) in the Southern Region.
In other Southern Region games at the Polytechnic in Blantyre, MCA men found solace in a 52-40 triumph over Lumbricals while in the ladies’ section, Poly Ladies thumped CoM Ladies 29-9.
In the Central Region, the tournament rolled out at African Bible College (ABC) in Lilongwe where the hosts triumphed over Natural Resources College (NRC) in both men and ladies’ divisions. ABC men won 78-49 whereas the ladies side triumphed 56-35.
NBM basketball committee chairperson Rex Kholomana said they are impressed with how the competition has started and they expect more competitive games as the event enters second week.
In the last edition’s national finals, which concluded in April this year, MCA-Lilongwe Campus beat hosts Chanco Hawks 53-46 in the men’s division while Zomba Institute of Management and Accountancy (Zima) saw off Malawi Assemblies of God University (Magu) 62-56.