By Lawrence Trusida, Sport Editor
FOXES mauled Mercenaries and dethroned them as basketball national champions in an exciting encounter played at Khanyisile courts in Bulawayo this Monday evening.
Fresh from being crowned Harare champions two weeks ago, Foxes carried their form into the Basketball Union of Zimbabwe (BUZ) National Championships and swept past all their opponents to be crowned national champions.
The Kelvin Ben coached side took on defending champions, Mercenaries in the final and walked away with a convincing 67-52 victory over the Mutare based side.
Foxes dominated the match from start to finish and at one point led by a high of 21 points as they asserted their authority on a game they never lost a quarter.
Guard Kuda Pote, who scored 23 points in the final and had an outstanding campaign, was named the Most Valuable Player.
The win also saw Foxes making it to the Basketball Africa League, which is Africa’s premier basketball league and will be running again later this year after the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic in the last two years.
Meanwhile, Foxes’ sister club, Vixens continued with their dominance of women basketball in Zimbabwe after they grabbed their fourth National Championship gold medal in their nine years of existence.
The Harare based side thumped their compatriots UZ Sparks 71-68 in the final.
Vixens won their first title during their first year in 2013, before retaining it the following year and settling for bronze in the next two years.
They were back on top in 2017 after dethroning Harare City Hornets, which had become a new force in the land before COVID-19 forced the abandonment of the 2019, 2020 and 2022 editions.
Veteran, Ellen Chikoto was named as the most valuable player as the competition came to an exciting end.