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D1 Standings
 1. Troopers 18-0 
 2. Spartans 17-2 
 3. Dolphins 12-4 
 4. Flames 11-7 
 5. BDF V 10-7 
 6. Cadets 10-9 
 7. Bullets 7-10 
 8. Police 7-12 
 9. Saints 3-13 
 10. Splinters 3-15 
 11. Warriors 0-19 
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Spartans lead at halfway stage - Jul 11, 2011


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NELSON DIRENG
Correspondent 8/7/2011 Mmegi

Spartans will conclude the first round of the basketball league as leaders after losing only one match in 11 outings. The league will break after this weekend's games but Spartans are assured of the leadership ahead of the second round which begins at the end of August. Defending champions, Troopers who have 19 points, two behind Spartans, are second. However, Troopers, who ended last season's first round unbeaten might slide to third if Police win their three outstanding fixtures this weekend.

Police are seventh with 14 points after playing eight games and losing only two. The basketball league committee chairman, Kabo Khama said there are signs of improvement from a number of clubs. He said it is difficult to tell who will walk away with the title at the end of the season. He asserted that underdogs, Flames have performed beyond expectation, exchanging the number one position with Troopers, before being pushed to third a few weeks ago.

Khama said debutants, Dolphins have made their presence felt although they struggled to maintain their momentum towards the end of the first round. 'The team is quite young and inexperienced and this can be seen in the way they struggle to maintain the tempo in a game,' he said. However, he advised another debutant, Bullets to work hard on their skills level. He said the team is clearly struggling as it has only won twice in 11 outings.

'The basketball transfer window starts immediately after the first round and it would be best if they secured one or two experienced players,' he said. Khama said seasoned campaigners such as Eagles who anchor the log and Splinters have been disappointing. Last season, Splinters who are currently eighth finished the league fourth while Eagles were sixth. Khama said Splinters might be struggling after losing a couple of good players to Flames at the start of the season.

Former champions, BDF V have not hit the right cord and are placed fourth. Meanwhile, the BDF V womens team is the only unbeaten side this season. They have won all five first round games and accumulated 10 points. Defending champions, Police V are third with one loss with a game in hand before the end of the first round. Debutants, Panthers are second and have lost two of their five games. The other newcomers, Relics and Splinters occupy the last two places respectively.

Weekend fixtures
(University of Botswana Courts)

Today (men)
Police vs Dolphins - 6pm

Tomorrow (men)
Cadets vs Splinters - 12noon
Eagles vs Dolphins - 2pm

Tomorrow (women)
Police vs Splinters - 10am
Splinters vs Relics - 4pm
  



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