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Zimbabwen basketball giants, Harare City Hornets underlined their class when they won Bravehearts International Invitational Tournament.

Hornets beat Napsa Hurricanes (Zambia) 81-76 in an entertaining final at Mount Sinai International School indoor court on Sunday night.

It was an all-visitors’ final affair as Malawian teams crashed out of the semi-final stage.

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Bravehearts and Bricks reached the semi-finals but lost to Hornets and Napsa, respectively.

During the final, the Zimbabwean giants survived a scare from Napsa who gave them a run for their money.

In the ladies category, Napsa Breeze won gold after beating Bravehearts Ladies of Malawi.

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Hornets, who contribute 12 players to Zimbabwe Basketball National Team, also dominated the individual awards as Neville Chinangaye won the defensive player award whereas assist leader was Simba Mungomezi.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) was Titus Njovu from Hurricanes.

In a post-match reaction, Hornets Team Manager, Talent Marembe, said his charges played their lungs out.

“Every possession counted and we played according to our game-plan. We have made Zimbabwe proud. Honestly, Malawian teams have improved,” he said.

In the ladies awards, Elizabeth Bwalya scooped the assist leader award whereas the best defensive player prize went to Kalonda Mwale both for Napsa.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) was Tendai Ziko Napsa.

The event’s sponsor, G.Y Imports and Exports’ Managing Director, Griffin Kalua, described the tournament as a success.

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