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MANZINI – It was bound to end like this following their exceptional display in the MTN National Women’s Basketball League game one play-off finals.

After winning game one 60-39 of the MTN National Women’s Basketball League, Phoenix Alumni proved that it was not by fluke as they humbled Super Ladies 84-39 in game two to clinch the title. This was during the second round play-off final match which was played at Mavuso Sports Emporium last Saturday. The Temkhuleko Mthethwa-captained side was just too good for Super-Ladies as they dominated the entire game. The defending champions Super Ladies looked more adventurous in the first set with Makhosazana Dlamini and Mary-Kate Martin combining very well to beat the opponent to their game. However, the home side which is comprised mainly of South African players came back strong to win the first set 17-14, all thanks to shooting guard Monalisa Maphumulo who was instrumental in scoring vital three pointers. The second quarter was the same old story with the Tich Muyambo-coached side dominating play and this set ended with Alumni leading 42-21.

The rest as they say was history as the Andile Thwala-led charges were powerless in the last two quarters with the opponent enjoying possession for the better part of the game. Alumni Captain Temkhuleko said they were happy to win the title in their first season. “The hardwork and determination has paid off, I am happy that we are champions of the National Women’s League,” Mthethwa said. In other matches Swaziland National Basketball Association managed to beat Swazi MTN 31-30 while Mbabane Legends stunned Manzini Legends 66-42. Manzini Steels lost 57-70 in a pulsating encounter which forced the play-off to game three last night.

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