Sport & School News
26 October 2018

Rustenburg/ Phokeng – The eighth annual Royal Bafokeng junior national basketball association (NBA) finals took place at the Royal Bafokeng sports palace in Phokeng on 19 October.

This event showcased spectacular skill and determination from the primary, middle, and high school finalists.

The finals featured Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) all-star Monique Currie of the Washington Mystics, performances from an NBA dunk squad and South African music artist Cassper Nyovest.

Thousands of fans filled out the stands to celebrate the conclusion of the basketball season.
The event was preceded by the Royal Bafokeng junior NBA awards gala dinner on Friday night, with students, coaches and administrators recognised for their academic and sporting achievements during the past season.

The championships teams were:
Primary school champions: Tumagole Primary School and Ramotse Primary School.
Middle school champions: Matale Secondary School and Charora Secondary School.
High school champions: Kitsong High school School and Matale Secondary School.

Vice president and managing director for NBA Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall said: “We are extremely proud of the work that has been done here at the Royal Bafokeng junior NBA development programme since its inception eight years ago.

We are especially proud of our local coaches, and their passion for developing grassroots talent. Our number one priority was to localise our development strategy, find people that we could train to build capacity, and this growth is what has sustained the program.”

WNBA all-star, Monique Currie said: “It was a really great experience to see a lot of young girls here in South Africa participating in basketball.”

Technical director for basketball development of NBA Africa Frank Traore and Eugine Thipe of Royal Bafokeng Sports. 
The NBA dunk squad awed the crowds with their performance.


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