24 April 2014

UGANDA : Falcons basketball club ink Ug.shs 200M Krinshna deal


Ahead of the 2013 FUBA basketball season, Falcons basketball club has on Thursday afternoon announced a Ug.shs 200 million deal with wax manufacturers, Krishna at Arirang Hotel in Kampala.
“As a club we are so glad to unveil the deal worth Ug.shs 200M with Krishna. In the nearby future, we shall be disclosing the rest of the partners we shall work within the new season”, Club President, Robert Kagolo said.
Agreement with Makerere University:
At the same occasion, Falcons used the occasion to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Makerere University as a way of partnering to use the institution’s basketball facility for training and hosting home games.
“We have partnered with Falcons for a long time and today is a great time to legalize issues”, a jovial Peninah Kabenge, an administrator at Makerere University told the press.
Falcons will refurbish the Makerere University basketball facility in a separate deal whose details could not be revealed to the press due to a confidentiality clause in the agreement.
"Today doubles as the d-day to disclose that Falcons as an affiliate member to Makerere University will use the Makerere main grounds basketball courts as our home ground for the next 5 years. We can not reveal the contract's nitty gritty due to a binding confidentiality clause", Kagolo, a lawyer by profession said.
Contracted players:
The club's players have all been contracted and will receive basic wages and salaries. The team has recruited Ives Kalambay (from Makindye Shooters), Abdul Ntale (Berkley), Johan Mukwemba (Rhinos) and the South Sudanese ace. Luelbai Marial Diamonds in the Sand).
The 4 new players will join the experienced pack of team Captain, Peter Elugat, Herbert Akita, Douglas Uwizera, Sande Okot, Kabangu Serge, Emmanuel Aupal, Moses Okwera, Cyrus Kiviri,  and the Steven duo of Mwesige and the ever fresh vetern Steven Omwony.
Obol Set:
Falcons' Head coach used the moment to echo the readiness of his charges and promised a diligent season with silverware as the final reward.
"I speak on technical issues. About my players, we are ready for the challenges that come forth with the season. We are working for the main prize, being champions", a confident sounding Obol, said.
The 2014 FUBA season kicks off Friday at the YMCA courts with two games. The ladies duel will involve the defending champions, UCU lady Canons taking on the KIU rangers while the men's defending champions, City Oilers will take on UCU men in the second game on card.

EGYPT : Al Gezira Champion of Egypt

Al Gezira won the Egyptian basketball league title. Despite their defeat against Sporting, 67-87 during the final day of Spurleague, Al Gezira celebrated their champion of Egypt title.
Before this last episode of the fourth phase of the national championship, Al Gezira players remained undefeated. Successor of the Alexandria Sporting Club in charts, the new champion of Egypt displays an overview of 9 wins 1 loss at the end of this phase.

KENYA : Kenya U-18 Sides for Zone Five Bonanza

KENYA will send the under-18 boys and girls teams to the FIBA Africa Zone Five championships in Uganda next month. Vitalis Gode, the Kenya Basketball Federation secretary, confirmed the deal has been sealed after successful talks with the Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) in Mombasa.
"We talked to KSSSA who have agreed to work on this programme. The arrangement is good and the terms of agreement favours both parties," said Gode. Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have confirmed participation. He said he is still waiting for more confirmations from other regional teams.
The tournament will throw off in Kampala from May 11-17 and the winners will book a ticket to the Fiba Africa junior event to be held at a venue yet to be announced later.
The players will be named from the two teams that won the national school championships in the coastal town last week. Upper Hill won the boys trophy while Shimba Hills emerged best in the girls' category.

RWANDA : Junior Hoops teams in warm-up games

Today
Girls
Rwanda U18 vs PJB - 4pm

Boys
Rwanda U18 vs PJB - 6pm

RWANDA JUNIOR basketball national teams (boys and girls) are set to play warm-up matches today against Congolese side Promo Jeune Basketball at Amahoro indoor stadium court.
The boys’ and girls teams are preparing for the upcoming Zone 5 Afro-basketball tournament scheduled for May 10 to 15 in Kampala, Uganda.
The Kampala tournament is meant to act as a qualifier for the Africa Nations Championships for U-18 men’s Afro-basket games in Madagascar and U-18 women event in Mali.
While the boys’ team has qualified for the continent event three times, the girl’s team will be looking for their 1st qualification.
Rwanda will battle for the top prize against Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Burundi and hosts Uganda.

23 April 2014

UGANDA : FUBA outlines year long agenda



FUBA 2014 Season:
Fri, 25th April 2014
UCU Lady Canons Vs KIU Rangers - Women (6:30 pm)
City Oilers Vs UCU Canons - Men (8:30 pm)
The long awaited National basketball league is set to kick off this Friday at the Uganda Young Men's Association (YMCA) basketball courts this Friday.
"This year's season promises to be bigger and better than the previous seasons held", Ambrose Tashobya, FUBA president remarked at a special media briefing held to usher in the season long preparation plans.
The well attended ceremony took place at Hotel Triangle in Kampala on Wednesday morning.
Defending Champions draw first blood:
The women's defending champions, UCU lady canons will enter the frey first with a date against KIU Rangers in a 6:30 pm kick off at YMCA before the men's engagement to be played under floodlights between defending Champions, City Oilers taking on the UCU canons.
FUBA also outlined their year long agenda that includes the national U-18 team tournament, the national ladies 3 by 3 team and the Zonal team preparations.
FIBA Referees' Course:
Uganda is set to host the first ever FIBA international referees' course early next Month. FIBA Instructor from Egypt has already confirmed his participation in the week long course that will be held at Hotel Triangle in Kampala.
Uganda will be represented by 7 officials.
FUBA Vice President in charge of administration informed the media that they are planning a special press conference in the week to come where they will officially unveil the stake holders and the sponsors attached to the Federation.
 NEXT FUBA LEAGUE FIXTURES: ALL GAMES AT YMCA
Sun, 27-Apr-2014
Sharing Youth vs KIU Titans 13:30
Nkumba Marines vs TigerHead Power 15:30
Magic Stormers vs KIU Rangers 17:30 - Women
 Falcon vs Ndejje Univ. Angels
Wed, 30-Apr-2014
Crane High Ladies vs Nkumba Lady Marines 18:30 NBL Women
 UCU Canons vs Charging Rhinos 20:30 NBL Men

ANGOLA : Basketball Championship Last Phase Starts On Thursday

Luanda — The final phase of the national senior males basketball championship (BAIBasket) will kick off Thursday in Luanda, with four teams to fight for the winning of the title, 1º de Agosto, Recreativo do Libolo, Petro de Luanda and Interclube.
The teams will be disputed in robin-round system in four turns and the side that wins greater number of points will be crowned champions of BAIBasket.
The penultimate phase of the championship was won by 1º de Agosto with 15 points, followed by Recreativo do Libolo (14), Interclube (12) and Petro de Luanda (11), but they all enter this stage without any point.

KENYA : Daystar Beat Don Bosco As Wanaswa Steals Show

FRANCIS Wanaswa led Daystar University to a 58-49 win over Don Bosco in the Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) league match at Railways Club.
Wanaswa, who has top scored for his team in all their opening three ties, out-scored two-time NBA scoring leader Joel Atebe with 25 points against 23. The duo have showed early intentions of battling for the leading scorers chart.
In their other matches, Daystar University thumped MKU Nairobi 50-28 as Wanaswa nailed 15 while Don Bosco dismissed Our Lady Queen of Peace 72-61 with Atebe posting 33. Linda Mfuchi also maintained her form, posting 31 points to lead Equity Bank to a 96-30 thumping of Zetech College. Pandas beat Embakasi Dynamos 57-45, Ulinzi won 69-44 against Zetech Thika Road while 4-Christ beat Woodley Knights 66-37.

22 April 2014

KENYA : Full weekend basketball results

 
 Updated on 22/04/14  |    By MICHEZOAFRIKA

KBF WEEKEND SATURDAY 19TH RESULTS
ELDORET-
Eldonets  23/59    vs    Zetech  37/69
14/09/17/19                       17/18/14/20
18 pts George Oyoo            23 pts Joshua Kisali
10 pts John Biar                  12 pts Jeremia Opiyo
KISUMU-
 Lakeside  31/78   vs    Baraka  24/60
20/11/26/21                       05/19/15/21
20 pts Brian Onsoto
NYAYO-
Menonites 07/16  vs      Strathmore  28/76
03/04/03/06                        21/17/19/19
08 pts Abigal Ogechi           16 pts Melisa Akinyi
11 pts Tanya Ogwel
Safespaces  24/53  vs      KU. Oryx  15/42
12/12/14/15                        07/08/21/06
16 pts Peninah Nthenya      17 pts Betty Kananu
12 pts Jane Ouko                 11 pts Vivian Odera
Mennonites 11/28   vs    Blades  24/68
08/03/08/09                       10/14/17/27
10 pts Kevin Oodior          27 pts Henry Onono
14 pts Valetine  Nyakinda
Coopbank  32/53     vs     Storms  15/40
11/21/14/07                         05/10/11/14
11 pts Linnet Mukiri             12 pts Susan Akinyi
10 pts Belinda Akinyi           10 pts Faustine Mandu
KU. Pirates 26/51   vs     Nakuru clb  36/66
13/13/13/12                           19/17/14.16
16 pts Jackton Agunda         22 pts James Okerio
13 pts Mathew Garton
W/HOPE-
Parklands 23/55  vs      Jkuat  27/52
19/04/17/15                        15/12/07/18
17 pts Mathew Delton        28 pts Lubano Brian
12 pts Pius Wekesa
Umoja  33/57    vs         Littleprince  20/49
16/17/13/11                          11/09/16/13
22 pts Kevin Sunguti            16 pts Brian Reagan
12 pts Pius Wekesa
Trailblazers  15/36  vs    Dankind  36/60
06/09/15/06                          19/19/08/14
11 pts Howard Nyerere           10 pts Dennis Ongwaro
10 pts Robert Mwangi
Barclays  36/62    vs      W/hope  18/54
17/19/12/14                          10/98/16/20
16 pts Abel Kimondo             23 pts Partrick Wakasiaka
16 pts Mike Lopokoyit
SUNDAY 20TH
Kakamega-

MKU Kakamega 47/99   vs     Baraka  20/37
23/24/26/26                             08/12/13/04
32 pts Ansalia Onalo                23 pts Amos Wachira
14 pts Felix Omondi                  07 pts Nashon Owiti
14 pts Wena Sialo
KISUMU-
Lakeside  28/46   vs     Zetech  10/35
11/17/04/14                   04/06/09/16
13 pts Dennis Nyabuti     10 pts Jeremy Opiyo
NYAYO-
Ulinzi  32/78      vs         Kca-u  13/27
16/16/21/25                    06/07/04/10
21 pts Bridgit Nanzala     11 pts Rebeka Nkatha
16 pts Rebeja Sarange      08 pts Liz Walioba
Menno  08/16   vs       E/wings  28/55
04/04/01/07                   15/13/17/10
04 pts Abigal Ogechi       12 pts Annerose Atieno
12 pts Evelyn Nora
K.a.a.  29/59     vs       Equitybank  28/50
22/07/18/12                   08/17/11/14
19 pts Danson Ngati       13 pts Vincent Onsogo
Terror  38/72    vs       Blazers  25/67
13/25/20/14                 20/05/17/25
12 pts Derick Awour      21 pts Abel Nson
12 pts Dan Nabuya       13 pts Abdihakim Omar
Coopbank  32/72   vs    Strathmore  21/44
14/18/20/20                      11/10/09/14
14 pts Titus Musembi        13 pts Shilton Peter
11 pts Allan Oloo

RWANDA : Boys Tipped to Win U18 Zone V Basketball Title

THE NATIONAL U-18 Boys' team has what it takes to win the Zone 5 Afro-basketball tournament scheduled for May 10 to 15 in Kampala, Uganda. The Rwanda Basketball Federation(Ferwaba) Secretary General, Richard Mutabazi has said.
"I don't see any reason why the boys' team won't win the tournament. They have had enough preparations and considering the talent in the team, we are optimistic they will lift the title," Mutabazi told Saturday Sport this week before adding that it's the girls' inexperienced team that could find more challenges.
The two teams started training on April 14 and will be aiming at qualifying for the continental championships.
The Kampala tournament is meant to act as a qualifier for the Africa Nations Championships for U-18 men's Afro-basket games in Madagascar and U-18 women event in Mali.
While the boys' team has qualified for the continent event three times, the girl's team will be looking for their 1st qualification.
Rwanda will battle for the top prize against Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Burundi and hosts Uganda.
Boys' team: Deo Amani, Gilbert Cyusa, Yannick Gihana, Pacifique Habyarimana, Fiston Irutingabo, Serge Kagame, Ian Mugabo, Edmond Mujyarugamba, Victor Mutabaruka, Diedonne Ndizeye Ndayisaba, Bienvenue Niyonsaba, Walter Nkurunziza, Yvan Axel Nshimiye Rwema, Bruno Nyamwasa, Raphael Nzitonda and Jean Marie Rukerimbere.
Girls: Ange Akimana, Angela Dusabirema, Gihozo, Marie Laurence Imanizabayo, Jean d'Arc Masengesho, Angelique Nyirashimiyimana, Nadine Rutagengwa, Emerance Tuyisenge, Jordan Odette Umuhoza, Justine Umuhoza, Martine Umuhoza, Better Umutoni, Nicole Urwibutso, Nicole Utamuliza, Christine Uwibambe, Sandrine Uwiduhaye and Pierrette.

NIGERIA : Nigeria Basketball League - Kano Pillars Mauls Kada Stars

The Nigerian Basketball league season entered the seventh week this weekend.
Kano Pillars bombarded Kada Stars in the Savannah Conference, with the game ending 84 - 36.
Union Bank also beat Islanders by 80- 73 in the Atlantic Conference.
Week 7 match results.
Atlantic Conference
Union Bank 80-73 Islanders
Police Batons 66-71 Dodan Warriors
Customs 62-66 Oluyole Warriors
Kwara Falcons 71-49 Royal Hoopers
Savannah Conference
Kano Pillars 84-36 Kada Stars
Bauchi Nets 51-62 Mark Mentors
Gombe Bulls W/O Niger Potters(W/O) Walk Over

21 April 2014

TUNISIA : International Tournament - U18 National Team of Tunisia in Cherbourg

The U18 Men's National Team of Tunisia is participating in an international tournament organized by AS Cherbourg from 18 to 20 April at the sports complex Nordez, Cherbourg, France.
After two days, Tunisians have achieved two victories in as many games. During the first day, Friday, April 18, 2014, they have defeated the host team, AS Cherbourg, 77-42, before winning over England this Saturday, April 19th on the score of 60-41. 

Tunisia is in Group B with AS Cherbourg, England and Caen BC while Group A is composed of Ireland, Meeting, Manchester and Anjou BC.

UGANDA : UCU make it six in six

Makerere’s Jonah Mukwamba (5) tries sweep away
Makerere’s Jonah Mukwamba (5) tries sweep away UCU’s Calvin Ochan’s lay-up during a Zuku Basketball League clash at Mukono on Saturday. Photo by Aminah Babirye 
By  Elvis Senono

Posted  Monday, April 21  2014 at  10:43
In Summary
Makerere were expected to give UCU a tough challenge when the two met in the Zuku University Basketball League on Saturday. Instead, UCU ran away with an easy win, the sixth in six games. With two games left two play, the Mukuno side is now set to finish the regular season unbeaten.

Mukono- Spurred by vocal home support, UCU continued to underline their superiority in the Zuku University Basket League with their fifth and sixth wins at the weekend.
Despite having six players, the Mukono side were too strong for second-placed Makerere University (Mak) and Uganda Martyrs University (UMU,) thumping the visitors 84-42 and 60-39 respectively at UCU court on Saturday.
Joseph Chuma top scored in both games, contributing 27 and 18 points while Joseph Wacha and Jonathan Egau added 12 points apiece against UMU to accompany the 20 and 16 against Mak.
Patrick Seduge was meanwhile the only Makerere player with double figures, scoring a team high 13 points together with 11 boards. The margins got even bigger in the ladies games as Purity Adhiambo poured 44 points16 rebounds and eight assists as UCU massacred UMU 110-5.
IUIU, meanwhile, suffered their fifth consecutive loss in as many games going down 72-12 to Makerere.
ZUKU LEAGUE
Women
UCU1 10 -5 UMU
MAK 71 -12 IUIU
UMU 30 –29 IUIU
Men’s results
MAK 53–35 Kisubi
UCU 60-39 UMU
UMU 52–42 IUIU
UCU 84-42 MAK

KENYA : This Is for Odindo

UPPER HILL trounced Mang'u 67-33 in the Kenya Secondary School Games boys' basketball final at Shimo La Tewa and immediately dedicated their victory to their former player Adrian Odindo who died last week.
Upper Hill won the title for the second year running alongside Mombasa region's Shimba Hills who made it three times in a row. Upper Hill Coach Ronny Owino said Odindo, who had three scholarships study in the USA met his death last week during a session in a gym in Kisumu.
"We were shocked to learn of his untimely death but we were informed that he met his death in the gym as he was also a body-builder. This is the only way we can posthumously honour him," said Owino.
Odindo was in the Upper Hill's squad that won both the national and East Africa games last year. Captain Martin Mugambi who steered his team to victory said: "We want to dedicate this win to order. He is one of the players who congratulated us and wished us well after we beat Laser Hill in the Metropolitan regional championships early this month," he said. Shimba Hills retained the girls' title with a 74-44 triumph over Metropolitan representatives and first timers at the nationals, Parklands Arya in the hotly contested final.
By virtue of making it to the finals, Parklands , however, still qualified to the East Africa School games alongside champions Shimba Hills and Tigoi who finished third. Tigoi beat Loreto 73-33 in the third place play-off.
"We have a better squad capable of defending the east Africa title. We usually don't go home during holidays. When everyone is resting, we are busy training," said Shimba Hill coach Phillip Onyango.

ANGOLA : Petro Win Angola Cup

Luanda — Petro de Luanda basketball team conquered on Saturday the Angola Basketball Trophy, after defeating 1º de Agosto 88-82 at the end of the second leg match of the championship, played at Luanda Arena Pavillion.
By half time, 1º de Agosto had a seven points advantage (47-40).
At the first leg match, played in the same venue, Petro de Luanda had already won by 96-89.

NIGERIA : DSTV Basketball League - Kwara Falcons Beat Royal Hoopers

Kwara Falcons on Friday beat Royal Hoppers of Portharcourt 71-49 in the week seven encounter of the ongoing DSTV Basketball Premier League.
At Indoor Sports Hall of Kwara Stadium, Ilorin, the Falcons showed the winning streak from the first quarter and maintained the lead throughout the entire four quarters.
Speaking with newsmen at the end of the encounter, the Chairman of the State Basketball Association, Dr Joseph Adeyemo, commended the team.
Adeyemo noted that the in-house meeting held earlier had assisted greatly and promised that the team would continue to improve with each game.
Coach Tunde Kazeem, the State Director of Sports, commended the players for their performance and urged them to sustain it.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Kwara Falcons lost their earlier two games both at home and away.
With this win, the team will now play Dodan Warriors in its next game in Ilorin slated for April 25.

RWANDA : Debutants IPRC Kigali eye playoffs in hoops league


photo

Newly formed IPRC basketball club has a record of five wins and five defeats at the halfway mark of the regular season. Plaisir Muzogeye.
Saturday
IPRC 42-31 30-Plus
Friday
KBC 51-64 IPRC
After beating KCB and 30-Plus, Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC) Kigali have now set their sights on a top four finish in the ongoing national hoops championship.
Newly formed IPRC stunned last year’s first runners-up KBC 64-51 on Friday evening at Amahoro indoor stadium before winning 42-31 against 30-Plus at Kimisagara youth sports centre court on Saturday.
Steve Havugintwari, Jean Paul Ndoli and Abdallahtif Nsengiyumva were the driving forces for the new league entrants IPRC in both games.
“This is our maiden season in the league but we are not fazed by the challenge, we’re enjoying the competition, and I believe we are on track to achieve our set object of finishing in the top four,” IPRC head coach Albert Buhake told Times Sport.
The former CSK coach added: “Finishing among the top sides means playing play-offs and that’s our target this season.”
IPRC have won five and lost five of their ten matches played at the halfway stage of the regular season.
They have already beaten Gisenyi BBC, KIE, NUR, 30-Plus and KBC but lost to reigning champions Espoir, Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK), APR, Rusizi and United Generation (UGB).
With a game in hand, Espoir lead the league with 20 points, three ahead of CSK, APR are third with 16 points, level with UGB, while IPRC Kicukiro came in fifth place with 15 points.
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20 April 2014

KENYA : Financial woes weigh down Mennonite teams


  • Mennonites in a past league game.(Photo:SNA File)
Mennonite men and women basketball clubs coach Soni Mugisha has decried financial challenges that have contributed to their poor show as the national classic league entered its third week.
The community clubs have had a poor start to the 2014 season, picking up from where they left in 2013. So far, both teams have played two matches apiece and lost all in big margins.
Mennonite is one of the oldest clubs in the country and suffered a big blow after being relegated at the close of last season.
However, an increase in the number of teams from twelve to sixteen gave the Eastleigh-based clubs a lifeline and are determined to rise to the occasion this season.
On Saturday, Mennonite ladies lost 16-76 to Strathmore Swords while their male counterparts were beaten 68-28 by Strathmore Blades in matches they never scored a double digit in all quarters.
“That is our biggest problem because its hard operating without finances. If we get a sponsor today, we are ready to even change the club’s name,” he told sportsnewsarena.com after Saturday matches.
There has been a consistent departure by key players dealing a big blow to their campaign every season.
“This team is like an academy. We mould players only for other teams to come and take them away just because of our financial situation.”
He has set a playoffs qualification target for both teams at the close of this season and remains optimistic that they will find their right footing soon.
 “It doesn't matter which position we will finish in the top eight but playing in the playoffs is our key target.”
The biggest problem for Mennonite has been lack of teamwork with some players’ contribution counting for nothing.
Against Swords, Mugisha fielded twelve players but only four could find the basket at least once for the entire forty minutes of play. Abigael Ogechi, who topsored with 8 points, had a basket and two free throws to account for the team’s 4-17 los in the second quarter.
Likewise, the males disappointed against Blades as only six out of twelve players could find a score as compared to their opponents who had a good distribution of scorers.
Nakuru hold off KU Pirates 
“We have players who can run and dribble but can't score. This is something I have to change if this team will experience a quick turnaround soonest possible,” Mugisha observed.
Blades enjoyed a 24-11 halftime lead with Henry Onono scoring a game high 27 points that were aided by seven three-point shots. Kevin Oduor top scored for Mennonite with 12 points.
Visiting Nakuru Club registered first win of the season beating Kenyatta University Pirates 66-51 at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium. Nakuru led 36-26 at the halftime break.
In the women premier, Co-operative Bank maintained their perfect start to the season beating Sprite Storms 53-40 for the second straight win.
Safe Spaces scored 53-42 against Kenyatta University Oryx. Peninah Nthenya top scored for Spaces with 16 points, scoring three three-point shots and five free throws.
Saturday Results: Mennonite 16 Strathmore Swords 76, Safe Spaces 53 KU Oryx 42, Mennonite 28 Strathmore Blades 68, Co-op Bank 53 Sprite Storms 40, KU Pirates 51 Nakuru Club 66, Parklands Baptist 55 JKUAT 52, Trailblazers 36 Dankid Academy 60, Umoja 57 Little Prince

19 April 2014

KENYA : Co-op Bank face Storms in women’s basketball league


Sprite Storms Valarie Okeyo (left) during a match in 2013. Co-op Bank who finished sixth in 2013 women’s competition will take on Sprite Storms Sunday from 2pm at Nyayo Stadium gymnasium. PHOTO/FILE 
By CAXTON APOLLO

This year’s women’s basketball Premier League and men’s Division One competition will enter the third week with 13 matches spread out in Kisumu, Kakamega, Eldoret and Nairobi this weekend.
Co-op Bank who finished sixth in last year’s women’s competition will take on Sprite Storms Sunday from 2pm at Nyayo Stadium gymnasium.
Co-op Bank, who lost the services of key players Linda Alando, Eleneour Musundi and Irene Makori, made a bright start to the season, beating Western Delight 63-27.
The duel is one of the five matches set for Nyayo Sunday.
Storms, spearheaded by Mercy Wanyama and Susan Akinyi, routed Ulinzi Blades (52-42) and are expected to provide a stern test to Co-op Bank.
Blades, who beat KPA 98-96 in Nairobi last weekend, will start as favourites against Mennonites Sunday at Nyayo as Nakuru Club travel to Kenyatta University to play Pirates.
High stakes
Blades’ coach Tonny Ochieng who also coaches Strathmore’s team ‘B’ will rely on Henry Onono, Samuel Mogoko and Soja Emmanuel as he seeks two vital first leg points against Mennonites.
In the women’s Premier League, Safe Spaces are drawn to play struggling Oryx from Kenyatta University in a match starting from 10.30am.
Saturday’s fixtures will see newly-promoted Barclays Bank take on hosts World Hope in men’s Division One league from 1.30pm.
The bankers have found the going tough in the league, losing their two opening matches.
They fell 46-40 to regular campaigners Little Prince in the first match before Trailblazers beat them 49-45.
Fixtures:
Saturday: At World Hope Centre: Parklands Baptist v JKUAT (9am), Umoja v Little Prince (10.30am), Trailblazers v Dankind (12pm), Barclays Bank v World Hope (1.30pm).
In Eldoret: Eldonets v Zetech College (10am). In Kisumu: Lakeside v Baraka Xtreme (11am).
Sunday: At Nyayo Stadium: Mennonites v Strathmore (9am), Safe Spaces v Oryx (10.30am), Mennonites v Blades (12pm), Co-op Bank v Sprite Storms (2pm), Pirates v Nakuru Club (4pm).
As a result, veterans Abel Kimondo and Mike Lopokoyit should use their long experience in the top league to save Barclays Bank from another humiliation.
World Hope beat  Thika-based Baraka Xtreme (57-55) and their star Moses Abraham is expected to effectively call the shots at their backyard.
Newcomers Dankind Academy, who are motivated with two consecutive victories will take on Trailblazers at Hope Centre from 12pm while Umoja have a date with Little Prince.
Dankind defeated World Hope 68-42 followed by another 60-50 victory over Little Prince the result which give them a head start against Trailblazers, who had struggled to beat Barclays Bank (49-45) last weekend.
After losing 75-62 to newcomers Mombasa County in their opener, seasonal Parklands Baptist will be out to register their first victory when they confront Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
In Eldoret Saturday, Zetech College will be away against hosts and newly promoted Eldonets at 10am while Lakeside will play their second match at home when they host Thika-based Baraka Xtreme at Kisumu Sports Ground from 11am.
Sunday, Zetech College will travel from Eldoret to Kisumu to meet hosts Lakeside at 10am while Mount Kenya University Kakamega will confront Baraka Xreme at Kakamega Police Canteen starting at 10am.

KENYA : Shimba Hills face Arya test in final


Lavenda Adhimabo of Tigoi girls (right) fights to block Jackline Tinega of Parklands Arya from scoring in their semi final match at Shimo La Tewa High School in the national school games. Parklands qualified for the finals. PHOTO/LABAN WALLOGA.  NATION
By Philip Onyango

Parklands Arya Girls Friday upset Tigoi in basketball semi-finals to book a final date with champions Shimba Hills during the Brookside Kenya secondary schools national Term One games at Shimo la Tewa.
Mang’u High School also beat rivals Friends School Kamusinga 57-50 to reach the boys’ final against Upper Hill.
Parklands Arya, playing at the nationals for the first time, were cautious against the former champions who led them 10-07 in the first quarter and 21-17 at the break.
Arya however came back stonger in the last quarter when they outscored Tigoi  24-14 to take the game to extra time.
The victors had a chance to wrap up the game on the stroke of time  when Tigoi fouled Mercy Odima but referee Dave Micheal cancelled the first free throw she made on the basis that Odima had overstayed with the ball.
Odima missed the second throw, sending the game into extra time where Arya outplayed Tigoi 14-09.
Tinega top-scored
Jackline Tinega top scored for Arya with 16 points while Samba Barbra  had  15  for Tigoi .
Parklands will meet champions Shimba Hills in the final. Shimba Hills beat Loreto Limuru 110-21 in the other semi-final match.
“Am proud of my girls for they played according to plan.
I have now told them to enjoy themselves in the final where they will meet Shimba Hills,” Godfrey Mwaloma, Parklands Arya coach, said.
The boys’ final will be a repeat of group B matches when defending champions Upper Hill take on Mang’u High.
Mang’u caused a major upset, beating bitter rivals Friends School Kamusinga 57-50, with Charles Omulo  scoring 16 points for the losers while Teddy Omondi  had 14 points for Mang’u.
“We knew they would press us and we therefore came well prepared.
This, together with the mental toughness my players had, did all the trick for us,” Mang’u coach Peter Kimani said.
Kimani has promised to turn tables against Upper Hill who beat them in the group stages.
Upper Hill on the other hand had Fred Malaki  and Ater Ijiah scoring 14  and 15 points respectively as they whitewashed  St George’s 82-46 in the other semi-final. Gordon Oyara  scored 15 points for the losers.
Girls’ hockey semis also witnessed upsets after defending champions Sinyolo Girls suffered a shock 2-0 defeat  at the hands of Pacy Kapkoilel from Nakuru region.
Ascar Cherop  (45th minute)  and  Vivian Chebet (60th) scored for Kapkoilel. Kapkoelel’s coach, Moses Koech, attributed the win to proper scouting.
“We knew they were athletic and overrelied on long passes.
We therefore tightly marked their key players to cut off the supply of the balls to the midfield,” Koech  said.
Kapkoilel will not meet St John’s Kaloleni in the final  after St John’s saw off St  Joseph’s Kibwezi 2-0 in the other semi final, with goals from Florence Mwaka and Veronica Maua.
Defending champions Friends School Kamusinga will meet newcommers Narok High in boys’ final  after Narok shocked tournament favourites Maseno school 1-0  in the other semi final.
The other semi final saw Kamusinga beat Thomas Fish 3-0 in a games which they played with a lot of ease.
Saturday's  programme:
9.00am: Girls’ basketball final -Shimba v Parklands Arya (Shimo la Tewa)
10.30am: Boys’ basketball final - Upper Hill verses Mang’u (Shimo la Tewa)
9.00am: Girls’ hockey final - St John’s v Kapkoilel (Shanzu TTC)
10.30am: Boys’ hockey final - Kamusinga v Narok (Shanzu TTC)

18 April 2014

UGANDA : ZUBL: UCU back in action as regular season nears end


Charles Habonimana and the Kisubi Brothers got their first ZUBL win at Bugema University on Wednesday ZUBL Photo: Charles Habonimana and the Kisubi Brothers got their first ZUBL win at Bugema University on Wednesday
Saturday Fixtures:
UCU Vs UMUMakerere Vs IUIU
Makerere Vs Kisubi Brothers
UMU Vs IUIU
UCU Vs Makerere
It has been over two weeks since Uganda Christian University had a game in the university basketball league. Their matches in the other conference – Ndejje, have completed their regular season schedule with a perfect 8-0 and 6-0 records.
The title favourites will be back in action on Saturday as they play host to a number of Conference A games that get underway from 2pm onwards.  Not only does UCU hold perfect records in the league, they also lead the league in point average with men’s side averaging over 88 points per game and the women 92 points per game both with 4-0 records.
The high scoring Mukono based institution will be up against Uganda Matyrs University (UMU) and Makerere University.
Makerere will also be up against playoff hopefuls Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) and the Kisubi Brothers who have endured a rough welcome into university basketball.
Meanwhile, it was another tale of depressing familiarity for the Kisubi Brothers when they visited Uganda Martyrs University on Tuesday for their fourth game of the regular season.  The Brothers who had shipped in an average of 62 points in the previous games seemed headed in the same direction after three quarters – indeed they got there and supersede the mark suffering their second biggest defeat of the season in the 89-32 loss to the hosts.
On Wednesday the games headed east to Bugema University. Kisubi Brothers along with Bugema University were the only teams without wins in the men’s conferences before they faced off on Wednesday when the ZUBL went to Bugema University for the first time. The Brothers got their first win on Bugema’s own concrete. Thanks to Kellian Ochens game high 17 points they got a 50-49 edge over their hosts.
Bugema joined the other universities as they got their first win (out of conference) on Thursday against IUIU at Makerere.
Tuesday Results:
Uganda Martyrs Univ 89-32 Kisubi Brothers Univ
St. Lawrence Univ 38-55 Cavendish Univ
Wednesday Results:
Bugema Univ 49-50 Kisubi Brothers
Bugema Univ 27-26 Kampala Univ (Women)
Thursday Results:
Kisubi Brothers 49-51 IUIU
Bugema Univ 54-46 IUIU
Bugema Univ 31-22 IUIU (Women)

ANGOLA : Petro De Luanda Beat 1º De Agosto in Angola Cup

Petro de Luanda defeated on Thursday night 1º de Agosto by 96-89, in the first leg match of the senior males basketball Angola cup, disputed at Luanda's Multi-purpose arena.
In the first half, Petro de Luanda were already winning the game by 41-39.
The second leg match will be played on Saturday at the same venue.

LIBERIA : LBA expels two clubs

The Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) has withdrawn Deviers and FUBBA from the 2nd Division fixture of the ongoing 2014/15 league season, Secretary General Allen Goodridge has confirmed.
The LBA Chief Scribe said the decision is due to the deliberate double forfeits of the two clubs which contravene the rules governing basketball.
According to him, the clubs will now be removed from all of the league activities due to the violation of the LBA rules.
It can be recalled since the kick-off of the LBA league, Deviers and FUBBA have not honor any of their fixtures despite their approval to feature in this year’s competition.
Deviers basketball club 1st forfeited against YMCA cardinals on first match day while their 2nd forfeit came against FUBBA where both team did not show up.
Meanwhile the managements of both clubs are yet to comment on the latest action of the local Basketball house.
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KENYA : Upper Hill in Semis

NATIONAL boys basketball defending champions Upper Hill yesterday cruised to the semi-finals of the Kenya Secondary Schools Term One Games after beating Northern representatives Kang'aru 88-25 during a match played at Shanzu Teachers Training College yesterday.
Upper Hill will meet Mombasa's St George's, who eliminated Mandera 154-20 in the first semi. Match-wise, Upper Hill were in a class of their own dominating all the four quarters, which they wrapped 24-01, 17-8, 29-6 and 12-10 respectively.
Upper Hill's Fred Malati bagged a game high of 20 points with Emmanuel Kajula posting 15 points. Robin Mutuma was the losers' best scorer with 15 points. Other players who played a key role in the Upper Hill win were Martin Mugambi, Isaiah Ater, Garang Deng, Lee Samba, Tilen Buluma, Desmond Otach, Ernest Onjula Augustine Sekiete, Joshua Omolo and Simon Sekut.
Upper Hill coach Ronny Owino exuded confidence that they are going all the way in as far as the week-long event is concerned.
"I can't underrate St George's because they have good players but I have a bank of equally good players who can beat any team. I have no injuries so fo far and I am confident of victory," said Owino.
The second semi-final will pit Nzoia region's Friends Kamusinga against Mang'u. Kamusinga sailed to the final after running over Lake region's Ambira 88-52 in the match dubbed 'Mashemeji Derby' at Shimo la Tewa School. The Moses Khaoya coached Kamusinga had the likes of Martin Nandi, Keith Masinde, William Omondi, Patrick Oduor, Geoffrey Obuya, Billy James, Teddy Omondi, James Mbugua, Paul Ekiru and Sidney Wekesa also playing a key role.
Khaoya said: "We are aware of the task ahead in the semis because Mangu have very focused player, but we promise to give them a run for their money," he added.
To reach semis, Mang'u shot down Kirobon 48-37. The Aberdares region team were dominant throughout the match-- sweeping all the quarters 29-19, 15-04, 27-18 and 17-11. Joseph Obiero posted game high of 12 points while Raymond Kimathi scored 11 points.
In the girls category, defending champions Shimba Hills booked a ticket to the semis after punishing Moi Girls, Eldoret 88-32 in a match played at Shanzu. Shimba recorded 11-19, 20-27, 07-24, 04-18 in all the quarters. They will be up against Metropolitan's Loreto Girls who thrashed Northern's Ogle 82-14 at Shimo La Tewa.
Shimba's Elsie Anyango was the top scorer with 18 as Maria Komba posted 15 points. Parklands also from Nairobi sailed through to the semis after sending packing Mabera 71-37 in a one-sided match at the same venue.

LIBERIA : LBA League: Timber Wolves upset Mighty Barrolle










Mighty Barrolle got up to a disappointing start in the 2014 Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) First Division League on Sunday as they were whipped 53-49 points by Timber Wolves.
The Rollers got up to a frustrating start against inspiring Timber Wolves at the Open Air Sports Commission on Broad Street on Sunday.
Timber Wolves who are now fans’ favorite due to the signing of some top players in the likes of Glen Nimely, Jethro Bings among others dominated the match taking the lead in the first and second quarters before the break.
The overzealous Wolves’s side proved supreme against the experienced Rollers squad as they went on to clinch their first victory on Sunday.
LPRC collected their second success in the league  as the three times champions staged a 70- 53 points win against Flames.
Oilers took the lead in the first quarter achieving 23-12 points over Flames.
The second quarter was magnificent for Flames to recover, but Oilers maintained the lead as they increased the points to 37-23 to end the first half.
Fredrick Myers three points was possible to reduce the score line 54-41 in the third quarters.
LPRC Oilers’s head Cocah Paul Houlsen said that his side is targeting the fourth championship title this season.
In the other match Heats defeated  S. Brothers with a score line of 82-30 points in game one, game two saw host Commissioners bowed to S. Sister 28-11.
In Saturday’s parings Cesstos Mogars were whipped 55-53 points as the Barnersville Side was narrowly wiped by old hands NPA Pythons.
K. Detta overwhelmingly dragged D. Queens 120- 2 points as the both clubs locked horns in game three of the Saturday’s encounters.
In the day’s first encounter, Kardinals received 20 points following the forfeits of Deviers.
Another interesting showdown was exhibited on Saturday, April 5, 2014; Fubba and Deviers lost points each for not showing up, SAC-Based battle U. Prince in game two but it was U- Prince who took the day with 45-21 points.
On Friday, April 4, 2014 B. Bull was unable to host Heats as they forfeited 20 points in game one, Fubba also refused to welcome home H. Pointers as they forfeited 20 points in game two, while Dream Team II saw Flames defeated 56-48 points at home in the day’s last encounter.v
The LBA National League continue Tuesday with another interesting matches in game one, Deviers will host G. Blazer as Kirdinals anger B. Bull in game two of the league.

LIBERIA : C-Delta Confirms Withdrawal from LBA League

By: Leroy M. Sonpon, III
 
The technical manager and captain of C-Delta Basketball Club, Eddie Panton and Claudia George have confirmed the team’s withdrawal from the national basketball league.
The duo said the withdrawal is due to the untimely opening of the league in the raining season.
They said the 2014 Basketball League will not end at the open-air Sports Commission and the league will not continue at the SKD Sports Complex because of the pending renovation.
Coach Panton and skipper George described the one-phase 2014 basketball league as a mockery.
“The basketball league has never stated in April before which inarguably means the league should not because we’re in the rainy season,” Coach Panton said.
He added: “The next thing is where to practice during the raining season; the only place is at the YMCA --- but unfortunately, the Children Vacation Basketball Program will be on.”
Ms. George, who is also captained the female national team, said the opening of the league in April is improper because the league will not end because of the rain and there is nowhere else to go to continue the league.
“It’s just regrettable that this administration could not observe the climate since the Sports Commission is not covered,” Ms. George said.
In his reaction LBA president, Rufus Anderson said C-Delta’s argument does not hold, and expressed confidence that the league would end successfully.
He added: “We believe the league will end with the participation of the 43 teams in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd division leagues.”
The founder of C-Delta, Montserrado County’s District # 7 Representative, Solomon George could meanwhile not be reached up to press time yesterday for his reaction.

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