16 April 2014

KENYA : Equity Bank Trounced Daystar in Their Maiden Nba League Tie

EQUITY Bank women'as team showed they are a team watch when they thumped Daystar University 69-36 in their maiden Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) tie at Railways Club. The bankers, who are eyeing a move to the premier in only their first year, had Irene Ondago and Linda Mfuchi to thank as each posted 18 points.
University of Nairobi 'Dynamites' who were making a return after a long absence, were not so lucky as the were pipped 21-26 by seasoned Gladiators. Strathmore University beat Zetech 44-30 in the other women's clash. In the men's category. 4-Christ made a triumphant return as they posted an easy 81-67 win over Legacy. Dan Imbali managed 24 points for the winners while Lameck Onyancha shot the losers 13.
Francis Wanaswa scored season high of 31 points as he guided Daystar to a 58-45 win over All Stars. Other matches saw Derick Kioko nail a last gasp three pointer as Feba beat Embakasi Dynamos 52-49. Don Bosco lost 73-61 to Emyba who had Collins Ochilo nailing 24. Our Lady Queen of Peace pipped Woodley Knights 38-37.

NIGERIA : NBBF Hammer Falls on Police Batons

The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF has fined the Police Batons Basketball Club and slammed a five-match suspension on one of its coaches and players for their conduct in a Week 5 game in Ilorin between them and the Kwara Falcons.
Those affected are Coach Dominic Dike and Malu Williams, a player who spots jersey number 9, whose overall conduct and behaviour during the said game the federation views as "short of the standard expected in our fast growing league."
According to a press statement from the NBBF, coach Dike and Williams are each suspended for five league matches with immediate effect and with a warning that they use the suspension period to improve their behaviour.
The team was also fined N50,000, part of which will be used to replace the damaged plastic chairs in the Ilorin Sports Hall.

NIGERIA : Chiney Ogwumike First Choice of the WNBA Draft?

Ahead of the NBA draft in June, the U.S. will live on April 14 the draft pick in the WNBA . And as for boys, the first choice is the curiosity of the WNBA draft. This choice could be on Chiney Ogwumike (22). Announced member of the Top 5 of the draft, the Nigerian-born American winger should be selected by Connecticut Sun, Tulsa Shock, San Antonio Stars , New York Liberty and Indiana Fever.
Sister of the No. 1 draft pick in 2012 Nneka Ogwumike also former player of Stanford, Chiney is making herself the name in the midfield of basketball, winning almost everything in her path. Named Pac -12 Player of the Year in the 2014 season, she is also elected Pac -12 Defensive Player of the Year, espnW First Team All-American, USBWA All-American team. She holds the record for rebounds in the women's team at Stanford. The season has been particularly marked by her 27 double-doubles. She is averaging 26.4 points per game (3rd National) 60.4 % success in shoot (4th) and 12.1 rebounds (9th). She is the favorite for the meantime to be at her turn the first pick in the draft.
Chiney Ogwumike could be the second player in Stanford Cardinal, after her sister, to be the first choice of the WNBA Draft...
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15 April 2014

UGANDA : Floodlights excitement grips Zuku TV games at Mukono

Kampala University's Wycliff Olanya in action against Bugema. Olanya's team won 52 - 13 Photo: ZUBL Kampala University's Wycliff Olanya in action against Bugema. Olanya's team won 52 - 13
FRI, 11th April 2014 Results:
Kampala University 56 - 23 BugemaUniversity
Bugema University 13 - 58 Ndejje University
Cavendish University 28 – 68 Ndejje University
Kampala  University 52 - 13 Bugema University
BugemaUniversity 12 - 38 Ndejje University
Cavendish University 50 - 47 St Lawrence University
Cavendish University 69-70 Ndejje University
 No games since the start of the ZUKU TV basketball league last month had drawn a mammoth gathering than the series played at Uganda Christian University (UCU) main campus basketball courts on Friday evening.
The 7 fixtures on card each had a special significance to the players on court, the respective technical benches, and obviously the fans in the terraces.
Ndejje University women basketball team  maintained the fine run with 2 great back to back victories over Bugema and Cavendish in 58 – 13 and 68 – 28 victories respectively.
Lillian Zawedde was the main architect in the each of the Luwero based institution's victories.
Kampala University ladies team  also triumphed 56 – 23 past Bugema University in another one sided battle.
Victoria Ondiso led Kampala University’s onslaught with a game high 24 points in the 52 -13 victory over Bugema University.
Margret Wesonga and Robinah Nkabidwa added 10 and 6 respectively.
Bugema, who managed a point in the opening quarter, and 4 apiece in the subsequent last quarters through FabiolaMujane, NkondeMulenga, RhonaMelia and Diane Ineza put up a spirited true fighting mentality though it was rendered little too late.
Four men basketball games were played on the day with Kampala University opening the door in that 52 – 13 victory over Bugema University.
 Tonny Situma carried the game’s highest score with 16 points collected. Michael Otieno returned 12 while Nickson Were was the other top performer with 8.
Bugema will have Jeremie Bikomia to credit for a team high 8 as Hani Gonda managed to return 6.
Bugema suffered another set back when Ndejje imposing further punishment with the latter winning 38 -12.
In a closely contested duel, St Lawrence narrowly carried the day as they succumbed to a 3 points deficit at the hands of Ndejje University.
Floodlights Game: Ndejje University Vs Cavendish:
The long awaited game of the day, played under the flood lights was the affair between Ndejje and Cavendish.
Tempers flared as early as the first minute of the game and Geofrey Soro was red carded  for fighting. Ndejje trailed for the first 3 quarters, before taking the lead in the last segments of the 3rd quarter.
With the clock fast dashing, Cavendish once again grabbed the lead in the last quarter of the game.
The crowd charged, tactics changed and the players’ mentality from the 2 sides could definitely be envisaged.
Each of the 10 members on court on either side played with the passion and desire to win.
With 60 seconds of the last quarter, Cavendish led 69 – 64. Big players thrive on big moments. Brian Odul, who had an enterprising evening at office mastered minded the comeback.
Coach Walker Obedi’s side put in two three pointers to take lead 70 – 69 with less than 10 seconds on the clock.
Despite Cavendish’s efforts to rally a comeback, it all backfired and 70 – 69 the game ended.
“The game was highly charged especially in the opening 2 quarters but settled by the half time and the tense finish is the true spirit of basketball”, Obedi told Kawowo Sports after the games.
Conference finals:
 After the group games, the top ranked 4 teams in their conference groups will be engaged in the conference finals format, the first of its nature in Uganda.
This will then help determine the 4 semifinalists and finally the finals from whom the best university will be crowned.
Catch the action recorded and other highlights on the BAQESHOW, Channels 300 and 301 every Thursday on ZUKU Television.

KENYA : Lions fail to sparkle in League opener

  • Strathmore Mugambi Mawira and Fred Odhiambo sandwich Menonites Evans Grado during their premier league match.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
Four times champion Lions had a poor outing in the national classic league, falling to University of Nairobi’s Terrorist and Ulinzi Warriors in its opening fixtures over the weekend.
Lions, missing out of action in the opening weekend of the new season, lost 45-53 to Terror on Saturday before succumbing to a 57-81 loss at the hands of Ulinzi the following day.
The last season’s semifinalists trailed 24-31 at halftime against the students who won 15-9 and 16-15 in the opening quarters.
A weakened 9-6 win in the third quarter did little to salvage the situation for Lions as Terror won the fourth 16-12.
Moses Wanjara and Sila Awour top scored for Lions and Terror respectively with 14 points apiece.
The match was largely expected to be easy-going for Lions considering they were facing a team that played in the relegation zone last season. The students rose to the occasion denting Lions’ hopes of launching their campaign on a winning start.
In their second match, Lions was no match for the soldiers falling to a 25-42 score line going to the breather. Ulinzi won all the quarters 12-5, 30-20, 20-17 and 19-15. Victor Ochieng had a game high 32 points for Lions while William Ochieng scored 16 points for Ulinzi.
Strath edge KPA 
Kenyatta University Pirates began their life in the league with a 41-53 loss to Nairobi Aviation College.
Job Byron scored 17 points and Franklin Delano added 10 to steer Aviation to victory after leading 23-20 at the breather. Collins Wekesa top scored for Pirates with 16 points.
Aviation did not have luck in their second match of the weekend falling by a half basket to Equity Bank who won 55-54. Delano top scored for Aviation with 16 points and Brian Obimbo for Equity scoring 15 points.
Strathmore University won the honors in their high scoring clash with Kenya Ports Authority, KPA, registering 98-96 on Saturday. The students set the pace for victory with a 38-34 lead at the breather.
Strathmore won the first quarter 23-11 and KPA the second 23-15. The students ruled in the second half with 29-27 and 17-12 wins to wrap up the slim win.
Emanuel Soja led the scores for Strathmore with 19 points while Ariel Okal had 25 for the Dockers.
KPA managed to bounce back in their second tie on Sunday beating Thunder 76-64 with 26 points from Okal. Griffin Ligare scored high for Thunder with 20 points.
KPA ladies team returned home with four points winning their two assignments in the city. On Saturday, they dispatched hosts Strathmore University 54-43 helped by Yvonne Akinyi’s 14 points. Melissa Akinyi scored the highest for Strathmore with 14 points.
A day later, the Coastal side dominated and outclassed Kenyatta University Oryx 88-24. KPA scored double digits in all quarters while Oryx scored doubles in only one quarter.
With former Eagle Wings point guard Natalie Akinyi scoring 17 points, KPA won all quarters 20-8, 16-4, 12-10 and 28-2 respectively. Rachael Wandagu had 10 points for Oryx.
New boys Dankid Academy continued with their roll in division one after beating Little Prince 60-50 on Saturday.
Other winners in the league were Kenya College of Accountancy- University, KCA-U, Umoja, Trailblazers and World Hope.
Weekend Results: Saturday- KU Pirates 41 Nairobi Aviation College 53, Strathmore University 68 Mennonite 36, Lions 45 Terror 53, Strathmore University 43 KPA Ladies 54, Strathmore University 98 KPA Men 96, Parklands Baptist 58 KCA-U 62, Dankid Academy 60 Little Prince 50, Zetech College 55 Umoja 56, Barclays Bank 45 Trailblazers 49, World Hope 57 Baraka X-Treme 55; Sunday- KAA 76 Blazers 57, Equity Bank 55 Nairobi Aviation College 54, KU Oryx 24 KPA 88, Thunder 64 KPA 76, Lions 57 Ulinzi 81.

ANGOLA : Carlos Almeida to Retire From Basketball On Tuesday

Luanda — The playmaker of 1º de Agosto's senior males basketball team, Carlos Almeida, is to retire from basketball on Tuesday, after the first-leg match with Petro de Luanda, as part of the final of the Angola League Cup competition.
The information was provided to ANGOP by the player himself, highlighting his holding of a seat at the National Assembly (Parliament), where he represents the ruling MPLA party, as the main reason for the early "farewell".
Carlos Almeida, captain of 1º de Agosto, said that the first leg match is ideal for his farewell since it will take place at Victorino Cunha pavilion (1º de Agosto home), where the club's board of directors intends to honour him at the end of the match.
The second leg is scheduled for Cidadela pavilion, on April 18.

SEYCHELLES : Dawgz, Cobras grab victories

Mont Fleuri Dawgz and Premium Cobras claimed victories in their opening matches of the season in the first division league during the weekend as they look to challenge defending champions PLS Hawks for the title.

Mont Fleuri Dawgz were up against MBU Rockers in what on paper promised to be a close match-up. Back on the court, veteran Lenny Aglaé led the game in scoring with 21 points for Dawgz who also got 20 points from Cyril Agrippine.
The Rockers were looking to produce the same kind of performance they gave against defending champions PLS Hawks in the Curtain-raiser semifinal a few weeks ago, but they were uninspiring early on as the Dawgz took a 13-point (19-6) lead at the end of the first 10 minutes of play.
They kept the same momentum in the second quarter as they increased their lead to 33-15. The Rockers could not get back into the game and lost on a 54-68 score.
The defeat leaves the Rockers with plenty to work on ahead of their next game against Drifters.

Dan Come finished with a game-high 19 points as Premium Cobras beat last year’s second division winners Praslin Warriors 79-46. Jackson Auguste finished with 17 points to lead Praslin Warriors in scoring.

Meanwhile, in a second division match, Victoria Shooters edged Anse Etoile 66-60.
Captain Ricky Sicobo was the game’s top scorer with 19 points and Luciano Moumou scored 18 for Anse Etoile.

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14 April 2014

KENYA : Full weekend basketball results

 Updated on 14/04/14  |    By MICHEZOAFRIKA

The Kenya Basketball Federation league action entered the second week last weekend. Here are all results of the matches played in various courts.
K.U. PIRATES   20/41    VS    NRB AVIATION  23/53
07/13/04/17                           13/10/13/17
16 pts Collins Wekesa             17 pts Job Byron
10 pts Frankln Delano
STRATH  26/68       VS         MENNO  23/36
19 pts Peter Shelton            12 pts Felix Odhiambo
LIONS   24/45      VS         TERROR    31/53
09/15/09/12                        15/16/06/16
14 pts Moses Wanjara          14 pts Sila Awour
STRATHMORE  21/43    VS    K.P.A.   26/54
10/11/03/19                           08/18/08/20
14 pts Mellisa Akinyi               14 pts Yvonne Akinyi
STRATHMORE  38/98    VS    K.P.A.   34/96
23/15/29/17                           11/23/23/27/12
19 pts Soja Emmanuel           25 pts Ariel Okal
14 pts Edwin Otula                 21 pts martin Gitonga
PARKLANDS  21/58     VS     KCA-U   24/62
10/11/15/27                           17/08/15/23
21 pts Kevin Eboi                    17 pts George Obimbo
11 pts Alphonce Muchiri
DANKIND  20/60       VS  PRINCE  29/50
12/08/19/21                         14/15/06/15
23 pts Alex Ramazani            14 pts Maurice Obilo
10 pts Iwal Athey                  11 pts Victor Okoth
ZETECH  20/55          VS      UMOJA   14/56
14/06/14/10/11                      06/08/15/16/11
12 pts Howard Nyereb          16 pts Jeremy Opiyo
11 pts Ishmael Nyamache     11 pts Levson Kisia
BARCLAYS  20/45     VS     TRAILBLAZERS  17/49
12/08/11/14                         05/12/14/17
11 pts Abel Kimondo           15 pts Patrick Wakasiaka
10 pts Dan Nalwenge          12 pts Moses Ibrahim
WORLDHOPE 29/57     VS    BARAKA  30/55
23/06/14/14                           16/14/08/17
14 pts Moses Abraham          21 pts Amos Wachira
K.A.A.   38/76         VS        BLAZERS   20/57
21/17/13/25                          09/11/08/29
20 pts Evans Ochieng           11 pts Joseph Kosgei
14 pts mark Ouko                 10 pts Abel Nson
EQUITYBANK  34/55     VS     NRB AVIATION  29/54
15/19/05/16                            18/11/05/20
15 pts Brian Obimbo              16 pts Franklyn Delano
12 pts Phelix Luke
K.U. ORYX  12/24        VS     K.P.A.   45/88
08/04/10/02                            20/16/12/28
10 pts Rachael Wandagu         17 pts Natalie Akinyi
14 pts Donna Achieng
THUNDER   24/64       VS     K.P.A.   36/76
17/07/25/15                          20/16/12/28
20 pts Griffin Ligare                26 pts Ariel Okal
12 pts Charles Kituyi              10 pts tony Okello
LIONS   25/57       VS        ULINZI   42/81
05/20/17/15                       12/30/20/19
32 pts Victor Ochieng          16 pts William Ochieng
11 pts Ancette Wafula

UGANDA : Kami U-turn makes Oilers ‘even better’

Kami will don the City Oilers jersey again this
Kami will don the City Oilers jersey again this season. Photo by Ismail Kezaala 

Posted  Thursday, April 10  2014 at  01:00
In Summary
They are surely a better team with him around as they seek to compete well at the Zone V Club Championships later this year.

KAMPALA- How will City Oilers cope without Kami Kabange? That has been one of the most familiar questions amongst basketball folklore for the past three months.
This followed a confirmation from the club in February that the finals’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) was to leave for Qatar. Now, that deal has since fallen through.Why? “The documentation has failed us,” Oilers’ team manager Silver Rugambwa said yesterday. “But when another chance comes, he will be allowed to leave.”
Though Congolese-born, the centre plays for Rwanda and it seems this is where all the confusion about his eligibility for Qatari-visa stems from.
“It just didn’t work out. I will stay and contribute to the team again,” Kabange, who averaged 18.4 points and 10.5 rebounds in the seven-game 4-3 final series victory over Falcons, said.
His coach Mandy Juruni, who declared two months ago, that the team was moving on with Samuel Kalwanyi, Andrew Opio and James Okello to star on the inside, has opened his arms again.
After that memorable December triumph which came in Oilers’ debut season in the Airtel National Basketball League, he has continued to train with his team.
In addition, arguably the most dominant inside player in the Zone V region, has played in trial games against the national team, TeamUG, and featured in the UCU Open for Oilers.
They are surely a better team with him around as they seek to compete well at the Zone V Club Championships later this year in Kenya.
“We have depth this year. We have good guards who can hurt you offensively. We are even better” Juruni added.
The club had moved to split the scoring burden borne by Kabange last season by signing guard Ben Komakech (Tiger Head Power) and guard/forward Geoff Omondi (Falcons).
Rugambwa had even gone ahead to make a declaration that; “The scoring will be shared between Jimmy Enabu, Komakech, Omondi, Kalwanyi, Opio and everyone else.”
With Kabange still here, the numbers could even become obscene.

10 April 2014

LESOTHO : The Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) will next month host a tournament for women teams at the National University of Lesotho (NUL).

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MASERU-The Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) will next month host a tournament for women teams at the National University of Lesotho (NUL).
According to LBA spokesperson Ratšolo Molupe, the tournament whose main purpose is to uplift the basketball spirit among ladies and inspire them to further take part in officiating, is open to all women teams in the country.
“We are expecting all women teams in the country to take part in the tournament and not only those who registered with LBA, including high school clubs. Registration fee is M250 per team and deadline is February 21,” said Molupe in an interview with Public Eye on Tuesday this week.
He noted besides promoting the sport, the event also seeks to motivate women to take part in officiating roles such as refereeing.
Molupe further said the tournament, which normally takes place during Women’s Month in August, would help put focus on ladies teams.
“This is unlike when we hold a tournament for both men and women teams at the same time, where after men teams play most people who come to watch the matches, including the players themselves, just go away as if it’s break time instead of watching the women playing,” he explained.
“Apart from that, we are hoping this kind of competition will also help us have more women teams to join our league as we currently have only four clubs playing in the women A Division League, namely KTA All Stars, Limkokwin University of Creativity Technology (LUCT), Lerotholi Polytechnic (LP) and the National University of Lesotho (NUL) ladies side, Rovers.”
Others including Shines, Street Sharks, Lialuma, Buffalos and Rangers have since quit the league.
Molupe indicated there would not be cash prizes but as usual, the winners would get gold medals and a championship trophy, while the runners-up will get silver and third-placed bronze medals.

UGANDA : ZUKU TV basketball returns to Mukono

Women's action between Kampala and Ndejje university ladies at Makerere University Photo: ZUBL Women's action between Kampala and Ndejje university ladies at Makerere University
Zuku TV University basketball league:
FRI, 11th April 2014 Fixtures:
At UCU Basketball Courts
The usual excitement accompanied by the Zuku TV university basketball returns  on Friday at the Uganda Christian University (UCU) main campus.
A total of 7 Zuku T.V University Basketball league fixtures will be played .4 of these will involve the men and 3 ladies’ fixtures.
This follows Sunday and Tuesday’s successful matches played at Makerere University basketball courts.
The competition and stiff arch rivalry among the men sides will be shifted at the Uganda Christian University (UCU) main campus basketball courts this Friday as the Zuku T.V University Basketball league returns.
Four games will be played from as early as noon. Already, teams are playing to consolidate the slots, others to catch up and narrow the points’ deficit.
Bugema, Cavendish and Ndejje Universities will each play 2 fixtures apiece. Bugema opens up against Kampala University with a mid-day fixture.
Bugema will play their second and last game on the day against an ever fresh Ndejje University outfit before Cavendish commences their first of the back to back fixtures against St Lawrence and then finally against coach Walker Obedi’s Ndejje University.
The Women action:
Kampala University ladies opens the day with a a mid-day date against Bugema University. The fixture will be followed by another Bugema games against title favourites, Ndejje Universit
Catch the action recorded and other highlights on the BAQESHOW, Channels 300 and 301 every Thursday on ZUKU Television.
Welcome in Mukono.
Kampala  University  Vs Bugema University - 12:30hr
Bugema University Vs  Ndejje University - 16:00hr
Cavendish University Vs St Lawrence University – 17:30 hr
Cavendish University Vs Ndejje University – 20:00 hr
Kampala University Vs Bugema University - 12:30hr
Bugema University Vs Ndejje University – 15: 00 hr
Cavendish University Vs Ndejje University – 18:30 hr

KENYA : Weekend basketball fixtures

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 Updated on 10/04/14  |   
The Kenya Basketball Federation 2014 season action enters the second week this weekend with several matches to be played at different venues on Saturday and Sunday.
Here are the fixtures as released by KBF.
STRATHMORE    VS    K.P.A.    2.00 PM
BLADES    VS    K.P.A.    4.00 PM
PARKLANDS     VS    KCA-U    9.00 AM
ZETECH      VS     UMOJA      12 NOON
K.A.A.      VS       BLADES    9.00 AM
K.U. ORYX     VS     K.P.A.    12 NOON
THUNDER     VS     K.P.A.    2.00 PM

ANGOLA : 1º De Agosto Beat Libolo and Lead Baibasket

1º de Agosto consolidated on Tuesday their lead of the national senior males basketball championship (BAI Basket) with 13 points, after defeating Recreativo do Libolo by 88-86, in the third round of the second lego f the competition, disputed at Luanda's Vitctorino Cunha arena.
In the first half, both teams were tied up by a 41-41 draw.
Recreativo do Libolo's player Olímpio Cipriano was the best scorer of the team with 24 points.
With this defeat, Recreativo do Libolo occupy the second position with 10 points.

09 April 2014

National Teams Champions 2013

National Champions  2013

Argelia CSM Constantine
Angola 1º de Agosto
Benin Elan Sport Port Novo
Botswana Troopers
Burkina Faso AS-Sonabhy
Burundi Urunani
Cameroun Condors
Congo Brazaville Inter
Egypt Sporting Alexandria
Eritreia ???????????
Ethiopia ???????????
Gabon TALI
Gambia YMCA
Ghana CEPS Braves
Guinee Conackry SLAC
Guinée Malobo Kings
Ivory Côte ABC
Lesotho Rovers BB
Liberia LPRC Oilers
Libia Al Ahly Bengazhik
Kenya CO-Bank
Madagascar ASCUT
Malawi ???????????????
Mali Stade Malien
Mozambique NOT PLAYED
Maroc WAC
Mauritania ???????????????
Namibia ?????????
Niger ???????????
Nigeria Kano Pillars
Rep. Centre Africa Tondema
Rep. Democ. Congo BC Mazembe
Rwanda Espoir
Seychelles PLS Hawkes
Senegal DUC
Sierra Leone Young Sportmen
Somalia ?????????
South Africa Tshwane Suns
South Sudan ????????
Swaziland ????????????
Sudan ???????????
Tanzania ABC
Tchad Postel 2000
Togo ????
Tunisia ESSS
Uganda City Oilers
Zambia ???
Zimbawe ??????????

TANZANIA : Holders ABC Off to Winning Start

THE National Basketball League (NBL) defending champions, ABC walloped Chang'ombe United 113- 29 at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday. ABC dominated the match from the start and took all four quarters.
They led 37-7 after the first quarter and added 22 points in the second against United's five, to take a 59-12 lead at the interval. ABC picked up where they left after the restart and extended their lead to 87-22 and showed no mercy as they went on to register a 26-7 score in the final quarter, winning 113- 29 in the end.
Erick Kahangwa led the scoring chat for ABC after scoring 22 points followed by Juma Kissoky, who scored 18 points while Akram Abdul scored eight point for Chang'ombe United in a game that his team was outshined in almost all departments.
United started the championship on higher note, following their 68- 61 victory over Dodoma Warriors, truly gave themselves a hide against a superior opponents.
In another game played at the same venue Chui edged out a nail-biting game against University of Dodoma (UDOM) after scrapping to a 44-41 win.
The game had to stop for sometime due to the ongoing seasonal rains that left the playing court soaked and slippery as the National Indoor roof was leaky.
The game resumed after the rain had stopped and the two teams were very evenly matched and played a close game right up to the nail-biting finish. Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) expects to spot and tap talents from the on-going league who will be developed through several scholarships granted through the sport.
The league brings together teams from Tanga, Dodoma, Mororogo, Lindi, Arusha, Mbeya, Mtwara and Dar es Salaam. Participating teams include Vijana City Bulls, ABC, Chui, Don Bosco, Oilers, Chang'ombe, JKT, Jogoo Kurasini Hits, Ilala Flats, Don Bosco Lioness, Jeshi Stars and JKT - all from Dar es Salaam for men and women categories.
Others are Tanga United, Tanga Kings and Risasi from Tanga, from Dodoma is University of Dodoma (UDOM) and Mzinga from Morogoro. NBL reigning champions for men's category are ABC and ladies category are Don Bosco Lioness.
The event champions in men and women categories will battle with their compatriots from Zanzibar for the tickets to represent the country in Zone Five tournament, which is scheduled to be held in Mombasa, Kenya later on August.

RWANDA : Espoir to Organise Memorial Activities

TWO-TIME reigning champions, Espoir Basketball Club are organising memorial activities to remember and honor their players, staff members and fans who perished during the tragedy of 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
The Nyamirambo-based Espoir lost over 20 people but they are carrying out a research to identify clearly the exact number of their members who died in the 100 days of Genocide against the Tutsi, according to club president Fidele Rutagarama.
"We are organising activities to remember our players, staff members, fans and basketball players in general who lost their lives during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. We will host a memorial basketball tournament that will include senior teams' category (men and women) and junior teams' competition (boys and girls). We also want to visit an orphanage, a memorial site and help one Genocide survivor among other activities," he explained.
Jean Bahufite's club, Espoir is the 2012 Fiba Africa Zone V champions and last year's finalists. They also hold an unbeaten record of two and half seasons in the local basketball championship.
After the ongoing league's first round, still unbeaten Espoir lead the standings with 20 points from ten matches, CSK stand second with 17 points in nine games, APR come third with 16 in nine matches too while UGB in the fourth place have 16 points from 10 matches respectively.

LIBERIA : Oilers Lead 1st Division Basketball Campaig

Flashback: A basketball action scene

Oilers Lead 1st Division Basketball Campaign

Leroy M. Sonpon, III
Basketball giant, LPRC Oilers, is topping the first division’s log after two terrific and convincing wins, reports Leroy M. Sonpon lll.
The triple champions on Sunday defeated Flames, 70-52 points.
The gold-and-white boys’ take-over was based on their good shots, amazing defense and rebounds.
Oilers controlled the floor in the four quarters to quench the flames: 23-12; 37-23; 54-41 and 70-52 points respectively.
The Paul Houlsen’s duo, Ben Dixon and Clarence Davies were the highest shotters, followed by Jethro Bing.
For Flames, Vlehdy Chelly was the ‘lone soldier’ for his 3-point shot.
Earlier on Sunday, Heats thrashed Supreme Brothers 82-30 points; Commissioner bowed to Supreme Sisters 28-11 points; and Timber Wolves dumped Mighty Barrolle, 53-49 points.
On the opening games on Wednesday, 3rd division winner Kardinal grabbed her first two points owing to a forfeit from Devier and Oilers won 2nd division champs Barnersville Celtics.
On Thursday, Du-Runners whipped Uhuru Prince 62-53 points and Sac Base lashed Supreme Brothers 58– 39 points.
On Friday, Bull and FUBBA forfeited to Heats and Harbel Points respectfully while Dream Team II whipped Flames, 56-48 points.
On Saturday, FUBBA and Deviers never turned out; Uhuru Prince beat Sac Base 41-35 points; Destiny Queens forfeited to K. Delta and NPA ‘Deadly’ Pythons narrowly grabbed their first win against Cestos Mogars, 55-53 points.
Up to press time yesterday, Deviers were scheduled to play Georgia Blazers and Kardinals is expected to host the Bulls.

08 April 2014

UGANDA : ZUBL Preview: Kampala University seek redemption against Cavendish

Kampala University's Micheal Deng shooting over Ndejje Jonah Otim and Andrew Deng ZUBL Photo: Kampala University's Micheal Deng shooting over Ndejje Jonah Otim and Andrew Deng
Today’s Fixtures (at Makerere)
Cavendish University Vs Kampala University 2:00pm (Women)
Cavendish University Vs Kampala University 3:30pm
St. Lawrence Vs Bugema University 5:00pm
Kampala University sho
uld only be bettered by Ndejje University in Conference B of the Zuku University Basketball League. That is achievable only if they can dispatch Cavendish, St. Lwarence and Bugema Adventist University.
Following back-to-back losses to Ndejje University last week, K.U’s coach Derrick Mbusi will be hoping his boys bounce back against Cavendish University at Makerere today. “It is about the guys improving. I always tell them they have to get better everyday” he says
K.U have got a single conference game win and dropped three while their opponents also have a single conference win and one loss. While the two teams may not be so bothered as they both will make the playoffs (thanks to Bugema’s inability to compete) the game will be competitive as the two institutions are not far apart in personnel.
The ladies sides of the institutions (Kampala University and Cavendish) will also face off in the first tip-off of the day
Meanwhile St. Lawrence look destined for a win as they face Bugema University that has struggled through the league and are cellar dwellers of conference B.

07 April 2014

KENYA : Losing league debuts for Equity, Kenya Airport

  • KPA's Alex Lugasi at a past game.(Photo:SNA File)
Equity Bank, Kenya Airports Authority, KAA, and Ulinzi Blades had a losing debut in the national classic league forfeiting their opening matches as the 2014 season got underway over the weekend.
KAA and Equity are playing in the men premier league after earning promotion from division one while Ulinzi is making a return to the women premier. KAA was the first on the court Saturday going down 96-63 to Kenya Ports Authority, KPA, in Mombasa.
Alex Lugasi scored a game high 26 points for the Dockers while Alfred Kipruto had 13 for the visitors.
KPA won all quarters 27-6, 26-15, 20-19 and 23-22 respectively. Equity lost 49-40 to Strathmore University after trailing 21-27 at the breather. Emmanuel Soja had 23 points for Strathmore with Vincent Onsogo scoring 12 for the bankers. Champions Co-operative Bank beat Thunder 47-44 in a game Griffin Ligare top scored for Thunder with 20 points.
Allan Ouma scored 10 points for the bankers.
It was a tough encounter that had the lead change hands severally.Co-op took home the first quarter 12-4 before Thunder won the second 16-10.
Enjoying a two point lead, Co-op extended their lead in the third quarter winning 11-7. Thunder’s 17-14 victory in the fourth quarter was not enough to overturn the scoreline in their favor.
In the other match of the men premier, visitors Ulinzi Warriors beat Nakuru Club 72-54.
Ulinzi fall to Storms 
In the women premier, Ulinzi’s hopes of a good start were dashed after a 52-42 loss to Sprite Storms.
The first half was highly competitive as the game tied 23-23 at halftime after 10-10 and 13-13 scores in the first two quarters.
Storms broke away in the third quarter winning 18-7 and not even a 12-11 win by Ulinzi in the fourth quarter could deny them maximum points. Mercy Wanyama was Storms’ highest scorer with 14 points while Sarah Anyango had 15 points for the soldiers.
Defending champions KPA scored 68-37 past fellow Coastal side NYTA-Shimba at the Makande Gymnasium.
17 points from Lucy Ohanga and 13 from Brenda Angeshi were enough to lead the Dockers to their first win of the season.
Lillian Adera’s 12 points were not enough to spur Shimba into victory after trailing 14-37 at the halftime break. A half basket helped Eagle Wings beat Safe Spaces 49-48 in a match the former champions trailed 15-21 at the breather.
Co-operative Bank beat Western Delight 63-27 in Kakamega as Kenya College of Accountancy- University, KCA-U, scored 50-36 past Mennonite.
Weekend Results: Saturday- Kisumu Lakeside 50 Umoja 54, Nakuru Club 54 Ulinzi Warriors 72, Western Delight 27 Co-op Bank 63, MKU Kakamega 87 Eldonetts 68, Mombasa County 75 Parklands Baptist 62, KPA 68 NYTA-Shimba 37, KPA 96 KAA 63, Trailblazers 51 Zetech College 56, Dankid Academy 68 World Hope 42, KCA-U 34 JKUAT 25, Little Prince 46 Barclays Bank 40, Eagle Wings 49 Safe Spaces 48; Sunday- JKUAT 59 Baraka X-Treme 48, KCA-U 50 Mennonite 36, Sprite Storms 52 Ulinzi Blades 42, Strathmore University 49 Equity Bank 40, Thunder 44 Co-op Bank 47.

NIGERIA : Islanders, Union Bank Win, Pillars Holds Off Mark Mentors

In one of the three games decided in Lagos over the weekend in the Week-5 pairing of the 2013/2014 season of the DStv Premier Basketball League, Islanders basketball club return to the summit of the Atlantic conference with a hard fought 68-55 points' victory over Oluyole Warriors basketball club of Ibadan.
The high profile Game-18 pairing saw both sides sharing the four quarters evenly with Islanders coming from behind twice in the first and third quarters (10-13 and 15-17) to upstage their Ibadan rival wining the second and fourth quarters by 21-10 and 22-15 points for a cumulative score-line of 68-55 points to make it a 4-1 record with an overall 316 points from five games.
Islanders' basketball club quartet of Ibrahim Okpe; Seyi Ayodele; John Ohwe and Chiwendu Nwaigbo hit a double figure each to aid their side victory.

TANZANIA : National Basketball League Starts in Dar

THE National Basketball League (NBL) takes off on Saturday at the Indoor National Stadium in Dar es Salaam where over 30 teams will battle for the national championship.
The league which is organised by the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) was earlier scheduled to start on Tuesday this week.
However, it was postponed to today and fans are bracing for a thrilling and tight competition as for the first time after many years, more teams from upcountry have confirmed their participation in the event.
TBF Secretary General, Saleh Zonga said the league will involve teams from Tanga, Dodoma, Mororogo, Lindi, Arusha, Mbeya, Mtwara and dominant Dar es Salaam.
He named some of the teams which have already confirmed their participation in the event as Vijana popularly known as 'City Bulls', ABC ,Chui, Don Bosco, Oilers , Chang'ombe , JKT , Jogoo Kurasini Hits , Ilala Flats, Don Bosco Lioness, Jeshi Stars and JKT all from Dar es Salaam for men and women categories.
While from Tanga region are Tanga Wanted, Tanga Kings and Risasi, from Dodoma is University of Dodoma (UDOM) and Mzinga from Morogoro. NBL reigning champions for men's category are ABC and ladies category are Don Bosco Lioness.
According to Zonga other teams will be known today after the release of the league fixtures. The event champions in men and women categories will battle with their compatriots from Zanzibar for the tickets to represent the country in Zone Five tournament, which is scheduled to be held in Mombasa, Kenya later on August.

ANGOLA : 1º De Agosto Beat Petro in Basketball Championship

1º de Agosto beat Petro de Luanda last Saturday by 83-82, for the seventh round of the senior males basketball championship, dubbed Bai-Baket.
For the same round, Interclube surprised Libolo and won the game by 104-90.
Meawhile, last Friday, for the sixth round, Interclube beat Petro by 101-71, while 1º de Agosto beat Universidade Lusiada by 75-51.
1º de Agosto now have 11 points, occupying the first position, followed by Libolo, with nine points.

ZAMBIA : ZBA Aims At Attracting More Support

THE Zambia Basketball Association (ZBA) is targeting to woo the corporate world into sponsoring various programmes lined up for 2014 aimed at developing the sport on the grassroots.
ZBA president Shawi Fawaz said in an interview that basketball was one of the minor sports in the country that was under-funded and that increased financial support to the sport would see Zambia produce world class players that would deliver on silverware.
Fawaz, whose company Lunga Minerals Resources last week led by example by refurbishing the Kwacha community basketball court at a cost of about K30, 000, said ZBA would go flat out to seek support from the business community.
He said offering financial and material support to sports was one of the ways various companies could pay back to the community.
"We have a lot of programmes that we need to implement this and these targets require some funds, so we will need support from the business community in order to achieve our goals.
My appeal to the corporate world is that we need to have a heart of giving, especially to the minor sports like basketball which face numerous challenges and we are aiming at attracting more support this year," he said.
And Fawaz said the ZBA would pay particular attention to strengthening basketball at the grassroots.
He said Zambia had enormous basketball talent that needed to be nurtured for future prospects, hence the introduction of the under 14 and 18 leagues in the northern region.
"We need to lay a strong foundation for our grassroots for us to have strong future teams. There should be someone to take over from our ageing players and if we don't invest in young ones, who will take over from us, therefore, the grassroots is one of our priority areas this year," he said.

TANZANIA : Chang'ombe Beat Chui in Basketball League

CHANG'OMBE United started the National Basketball League (NBL) on higher note, following their 68-61 victory over Dodoma Warriors at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
The winners started slowly in the first quarter of the game in which their opponents Warriors were leading by 25-16.
United turned the score and took command of the game in the second quarter which they won 32-27.
In the third quarter, the Dodoma lads recovered and matched their opponent's pace but slightly trailed 47-42. The Temeke boys accumulated 21-19 points in the last quarter to win the match.
Warriors' Emmanuel Jonas led his team after scoring 20 points, followed by United's Athuman Mangase, who managed to score 19 points. In another game held at the same venue Kurasini defeated PTW 55-37 points.
PTW started brightly to take a 15-13 lead in the first quarter, before Kurasini took control in the second and third quarters after scoring 9-8 and 19-7 points respectively.
Commenting on the event Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF), Secretary General Saleh Zonga said the league has started well and they expect to scrutinize talents from the on-going league which will be developed through several scholarship granted through the sport.
Meanwhile, Cosmas Mlekani reports that Tanzania basketball is experiencing a landmark moment, after it was announced that at least ten junior players dubbed 'Rising Stars' are set to leave for Canada on April 14, this year for a ten-day special training programme.
The team received a timely boost from Tigo, who offered part of the return tickets.
The team main sponsors are Coca Cola, through its Sprite soft drink. Speaking at the Spiders Gymkhana courts in Dar es Salaam, Tigo Communication Manager, John Wanyacha said the company has decided to support the tour with a view to develop some of the nation's elite prospects.
"Our aim is to support in unearthing talents and developing them so as to ensure that the country make strides in international scene," said Wanyacha.
Team coach Bahati Mgunda said the players have been selected from various schools with the primary objective of guiding the development of athletes falling within the youth age categories.
Mgunda named the players and their respective schools in bracket as Madereka Peter (Good Samaritan), Iverson Vagaries (Tusiime), Jesca James (Mbuyuni), Janusz Kumpuni (IST) and Talumba Chinyanga (DIA).
Others are Rebecca Padou (IST), Anthony Momboyani (IST) and Yusuf Amir (Mbuyuni). The team is expected to return back in the country on April 24.

UGANDA : FNL Climaxes On Good Note

Kinetic Management group has pulled off seven powerful shows of the Friday Night Lights basketball tournament [FNL], despite the shaky start.
Last Friday was the final night of the FNL tournament at the YMCA grounds in Wandegeya, with Team Ikong proving to be the kings of FNL. Led by Tiger Head skipper Joseph Ikong, the team has now won the tournament three out of four times. And it was a victory well deserved over a resurgent Team Blick.
But just like the organizers know, it is not the basketball that gets the crowds filling the house but, rather, the entertainment and carnival atmosphere. The organizers promised to have a "big night of fun", but the performances did not quite live up to the billing.
Forever MC was the first with his song on FNL, although it did not get the crowd cheering. Even rapper Patrobas with his 256 single featuring Ruyonga could not save the situation. The Mith suffered the same fate. It was evident that the Kinetic rappers have to produce new songs synonymous with current trends.
The Goodlyfe Crew of Radio and Weasel were the main acts of the night and everyone was expecting them to blow the house away. They didn't. First, they were too high, and secondly, they forgot they were performing for the crowd and turned their attention to the cameramen.
It was, however, Irene Ntale who got the crowd on its feet, clapping and dancing. Clad in white pants and sports top, she just knew what would get the crowd going. She had a dancer in zebra print pants and top who just knew how to make good use of her natural endowments as Ntale belted out Nkubukinze and Stay With Me.
The pair went into the crowd teasing a few men amidst cheers and ululation. Ntale then moved on to pick Norman Blick and Ikong for a rub-a-dub. This forced a fan to come forward and give them a run for their money. The crowd loved it and could not get enough.
And it was not just fun, merrymaking and basketball; fans collected money to support the disabled basketball association, plus a charity group called 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation.
The tournament returns next year.

RWANDA : Espoir Finish First Round Unbeaten

ESPOIR BASKETBALL club beat Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center (IPRC) Kigali 89-41 on Friday evening to remain unbeaten at the halfway stage of the season.
Champions of the last two seasons, Jean Bahufite's team lead the standings with 20 points from 10 matches, three points ahead of Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK), who have played a game less.
CSK have a rescheduled league game against UR- Huye campus - due on April 18.
Espoir's forward Oliver Shyaka scored the game high 19 points, while former national U18 team captain Pascal Karekezi added 17. The Nyamirambo-based outfit remains unbeaten in regular season for two and a half seasons.
"CSK is our major concern because they have shown they are capable to challenge for the title; nonetheless, I am happy that we are still unbeaten at the halfway stage of the season," Espoir's head Bahufite told Times Sport.
On-form CSK did not disappoint after beating last season's first runners-up KBC 108-70 on Friday evening and 100-68 IPRC-Kigali on Saturday.
Against IPRC-Kigali, Patrick Buzangu scored the game high 34 points with his younger brother Mike Buzangu adding 28 points for Janvier Kamanzi's side.
Selected Results:
Gisenyi 53-71 IPRC
CSK 100-68 IPRC
CSK 108-70 KBC
Espoir 89-41 IPRC

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