The return of National Bank’s Mo626 College Basketball tournament over the weekend brought back the excitement that the sport's lovers missed for the past two years.
On Saturday, Katoto Secondary School basketball courts in Mzuzu witnessed exciting matches from college teams from the Northern and Eastern Regions as they clashed in the playoffs.
Four teams, Chanco and Mzuni finished top in the men category to qualify for the quarterfinal, while the ladies section had University of Livingstonia (Unilia) and Chanco ladies.
The four will join the others from the Central and Southern Regions that already qualified before the games were suspended two years ago due to COVID-19 outbreak.
The atmosphere at Katoto shiwed that the people missed the games.
“There was exciting and stiff contest among the teams. The men category produced classic performance which spiced up the whole tournament,” said Basmal vice general secretary, John Chizunza.
Chanco Hawks outclassed Unilia 63-52 to qualify for the final of the group stages, while Mzuni narrowly pipped DMI 52-54.
It is Chanco that finished first and Mzuni second after the former won 54-45 in the group stages final to book their places in the quarterfinals.
Unilia ladies beat Mzuni 72-11, and later Chanco 41-22.
The final encounter between Mzuni and Chanco saw the Mzuzu based side win again 50-4.
Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS), Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Kamuzu College of Health Sciences (KUHES), Africa Bible College (ABC), Bunda, and Malawi Assemblies of God University (MAGU) are some of the last eight sides in both men and ladies sections expected to battle it out in the quarterfinals on October 23 in Lilongwe, before the finals in November.
Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA) Lilongwe campus won the second edition of the tournament in the men category, while Zomba Institute of Management (ZIMA) were champions in the ladies section.
ZIMA was supposed to take part in the playoffs in Mzuzu but they pulled-off.