Delegates from visiting teams that participated at the just ended Zone VI Basketball Championship preliminary games are said to be happy with the way the tournament went. Speaking to this publication Botswana Basketball Association spokesperson Thabang Maranyane said the tournament was a success. Maranyane said the BBA is happy with how the event went, adding that even the delegates were very impressed. Maranyane said as it was the first time Botswana hosted the basketball event countries did not expect much from them. “They told us that they did not expect much from us since it was the first time we hosted the tournament. However, they said they are very impressed with how everything went,” said Maranyane. He said visiting teams even went on to say they will continue supporting Botswana going forward. On the performance of the local teams, he said despite them not doing well they have shown great improvement in their play. He said given the fact that basketball is played part time the local teams were playing against those playing professionally. “The teams played fairly well given that they were playing against tough opponents who are professionals,” he said. Maranyane said despite losing, local players have learnt a lot form their counterparts. Coaches of the local teams decried lack of the league this season as the reason behind their poor performance. They argued that without a league the players could not match those who have a running league. Maranyane acknowledged this, saying indeed it had an effect on the local players. He, however, said the teams did well in their own preparations. Only one team proceeded to the next round for both men and women. Both the male and female teams of Interclub of Angola are the ones that qualified for the African Championships to be played in Angola. Botswana was represented by Police V and BDF V in the female category while Troopers and Dolphins represented Botswana in the male category.