Basketball analysts have commended the recent participation by three Zimbabwean clubs at the just-ended FIBA Afro Zone VI club championships in Botswana saying their performance is the best by Zimbabwean teams at an international tournament.

None of the three Zimbabwean clubs participating at the zone vi club championships could secure a place at the FIBA Africa club championships in Tunisia later in December, as only the two top teams qualified.

Local basketball analysts said there is need to focus on the positives and for the teams to build from this platform.

There was a significant improvement by all three Zimbabwean clubs that participated at the just-ended FIBA Afro Zone VI club championships in Botswana as  City of Harare Hornets finished fifth one place better the last team to participate in 2013 was JBC men who finished sixth.

City Hornets posted two wins, ladies side Southern Mavericks three wins and Lakers one win.

The tournament in Botswana saw the highest collective number of wins by teams from Zimbabwe when participating in an international basketball tournament outside Zimbabwe.

Harare City Hornets men’s team lost to Angolan Interclube 97-61 and the mighty Sporting Libobo side 98-54 who are considered to be one of the best clubs on the continent after finishing tops and Interclube second.

Hornets also lost to a well polished Ferroviaro de Beira 84-71 and Ferroviaro de Maputo 71-63 who finished 3rd and 4th in very competitive games. 

City Hornets could not get that elusive 3rd victory in a tough loss where they won two of their matches against Botswana sides Troopers 90-47 and 75-53 against Dolphins to finish a credible 5th.

Ladies side Southern Mavericks recorded three historic wins when they beat Police 74-61, fought a good fight but lost to Interclube of Angola 38-85, got thrashed 127-54 in their opening match to beat Ferroviaro de Maputo 94-35 before dismissing BDF V twice, 64-36 and 80-37.

Lakers won two, close game against Police V 48-41 but lost to Ferroviaro de Maputo 92-42, Inteclube 99-37 and Primero de Agosto 96-26.