26 July 2015

RWANDA : Patriots to face Espoir in Hoops playoffs

Saturday
Boys
APR 62-71 Patriots
Girls
First leg semi-final playoff
Ubumwe 57-43 The Hoops
APR 74-25 pts
Patriots basketball club yesterday cruised past APR 71-62 in the third game of the semi-final playoffs to reach the finals of the men’s basketball league at Cercle Sportif de Kigali.
Patriots looked compact and determined as they defeated APR with guard Patrick Habiyambere scoring a game high 17 points while APR’s Pascal Abimana scored 15 points.
In an interview with Sunday Sport, Patriots head coach Cyrille Kalima revealed that they are excited to reach the finals because APR is a good team but his side was more effective.
“APR is a strong team but they were not effective today so we exploited that opportunity,” said Kalima. Patriots will meet Espoir in the finals of the basketball league on August 1, however, the venue is yet to be announced.
In the women’s first leg semi-final playoffs, Ubumwe and APR will meet in the final after wins over The Hoops and University of Rwanda (UR) respectively.
Alice Muhongerwa from Ubumwe top scored with 23 points to guide her side to victory while Nadine Rutagengwa from The Hoops had 13 points.
“The game has given us confidence because we have lost our three principal players to other teams but having won the first leg has given us confidence for the second leg,” said Ernest Ntaganda, head Coach Ubumwe.
In the other game, APR humiliated UR 74-25 with Sandra Kantore scoring19 points for APR while Nadine Urwibutso added eight points for UR.
“We actually had a good game and I think it is all because of the experience and trainings my players have, we are confident we shall qualify for the finals,” said APR women’s basketball assistant coach Aime Karim Nkusi.
The second playoff game will be played today and the winning team will qualify for the finals of the women’s basketball league.

25 July 2015

NIGERIA : It's First Bank Versus Dolphins Final


Nkechi Akachili's game high 15 points, six rebounds and four assists combined with Chidimma Nwakamma's 14 points as well as reigning MVP, Chioma Udeaja's 13 points, took defending champions, First Bank, above four-time champions, First Deepwater, whom they beat 68-43 in the semifinal of the ongoing Zenith Bank Women Basketball League at the National Stadium, Lagos.
The win took First Bank to their first consecutive finals appearance since 2011.
The reigning champions started slowly in the game as First Deepwater raced to a 10-8 lead in the opening five minutes. But a 10-0 run in the closing minutes of the first quarter from the 'Elephant Girls' ensured they took an eight-point lead to the second quarter.
First Bank continued from where they stopped in the second quarter with a 36-19 lead at half time.
However, First Deepwater came out strong in the second quarter, outscoring First Bank 17-11 to close the margin to within nine points in the third quarter (36-47). But they ran out of firepower in the final quarter as the reigning champions raced to a 68-43 win.

23 July 2015

NIGERIA : IGP Queens, First Bank in Semi-Finals


With two straight wins against the Nigeria Customs, whom they defeated 60 - 55 on Sunday and Yesterday's 71 - 51 victory over Benue Princesses, the Inspector General of Police Queens yesterday emerged as the first team to book a semi-final ticket at the on-going 11th annual Zenith Bank Women Basketball League holding at the Indoor Sports hall of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos. Also through to the semifinals is the defending champion, First Bank of Lagos.
The Elephant Girls defeated Benue Princess 95-30 in day one to earn their first victory before beating the Nigerian Customs yesterday.
Group B top contenders, Dolphins of Lagos also cruised to the semifinals yesterday after whitewashing Sunshine Angels of Akure in a one-sided game.
Excited over their victory, Captain of IGP Queens, Julie Onyelugo, said she was happy to lead the police team to their first ever semifinals since the commencement of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League 11 years ago.
Also speaking on their feat, Gift Samson, who stated that the best for the IGP Queens this year was to lift the Zenith Bank trophy, said her team is as good as emerging champions.
Meanwhile, with two straight loses, Benue Princess yesterday became the first team to crash out of the competition alongside Sunshine Angels of Akure and the Nigeria Customs team.

UGANDA : Ben Oluoch named new Falcons coach


Sam Obol (2nd Right) has been made Technical Director and replaced by Ben Olouch at the coaching role Sam Obol (2nd Right) has been made Technical Director and replaced by Ben Olouch at the coaching role
The StarTimes Falcons have named Kenyan national Bernard ‘Ben’ Oluoch as their new Head Coach, taking the reins from Falcons’ legend Sam Obol who moves to the office of Club Technical Director.
The former Kenyan point guard played with now defunct Post Bank Kenya which he led to the 2003 East and Central Basketball Championship.
Olouch has coached women’s side the Sprite Storms and Nairobi Aviation College in the Kenya Basketball Premier League and Upper Hill High School in Kenya’s Division I.
Friday Kagoro, the StarTimes Falcons says there will be twists and turns in taking Falcons to the rightfull place.
“As we have said before, the Falcons' journey back to its rightful place at the top of Ugandan and regional basketball may have several twists and turns. These changes are in line with Falcons’ relentless goal to compete for local and international honours.”
“Our beloved fans and sponsors should know that Oluoch is here to build on the great work done by his predecessor, as we pursue these targets.”
Oluoch held his first training session with the team at their training ground – Makerere University Pool Court yesterday, and will be on the team bench tonight for his first game as Falcons take on Sharing Youth a side they beat 104-59 in the first round.
As Technical Director, on top of scouting and identifying new talent development, Obol will help with other administrative duties at the club.

KENYA : Unstoppable Ligare guns down Ulinzi

  • Strathmore University's Nelson Mandela against Ulinzi Warriors John Wachik. Ulinzi lost to Nairobi City Thunder. (Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • Sylvia Koech of Masaku Sparks comes up against Rachael Opinya of Strathmore in a previous game. Masaku Sparks lost to Equity Bank. (Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • Strathmore University's Nelson Mandela against Ulinzi Warriors John Wachik. Ulinzi lost to Nairobi City Thunder. (Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • Sylvia Koech of Masaku Sparks comes up against Rachael Opinya of Strathmore in a previous game. Masaku Sparks lost to Equity Bank. (Photo by Shutterspeed)
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Ulinzi Warriors, on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium, learned the cruel way that Griffin Ligare, the Nairobi City Thunder point guard Griffin Ligare is just unstoppable in the Kenya Basketball Federation men's Premier League.
He single-handedly delivered the win for Thunder as they beat Ulinzi 85-75 in one of the upsets from the weekend’s inter-conference games of the KBF league.
Ligare was the dominant player on the court finishing with a season-high of 47 points. He grabbed four rebounds, five steals and two assists scoring seven three-point shots and six free shots.
By halftime, he had scored 24 points including four three-pointers and matched his performance in second half.
A sizeable number of fans who had thronged the gymnasium turned partisan cheering his every touch of the ball. His moves were clearly intimidating the opponents whose body size were bigger than his.
The matchup between top side in Western Conference (Ulinzi) against second-placed side in Eastern Conference (Thunder) was a cracker.
In the first quarter, both teams were at par as Thunder won 18-16 and were tied twice at 5-all and 11-all. Second quarter was a see-saw performance as both sides interchanged the lead all through with a margin of one and two points utmost.
The game was tied 27-all at one point as Ulinzi went on to win 23-22. Thunder enjoyed a one point lead at halftime. Thunder held tight in third quarter leading all through to win 17-14 and stretch the lead to four points.
Ulinzi’s main shooter Ancette Wafula spent more time on the bench as Ligare who played for full game gave the soldiers a hard time especially from the arc. The opening minute of fourth quarter was eventful.
Ulinzi took the lead at 58-57 with just 9:36 on the clock but Ligare hit back with a basket at 9:29 to tilt the lead at 59-58. That was the turning point for Thunder as they went on to dominate and score points freely.
Extended their lead
With four minutes played, they had extended their lead to eight points leading 69-61 and made it ten after seven minutes with a 76-66 lead. Thunder finished the quarter top with a 28-22 score.
Kevin Chogo added 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. William Ochieng and Bernard Mufutu top scored for Ulinzi with 17 points each. Ochieng grabbed nine rebounds, five steals and 6 assists while Mufutu had three rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Thunder scored 21 points from the three-point line after 15 attempts and had 14 points from free shots. Ulinzi attempted 23 times from the arc scoring eight shots and had 10/23 at the free-throw line.
At Menengai High School, host Nakuru Club produced another shocker beating defending champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) 74-69. Nakuru won the first three quarters 21-12, 21-13 and 21-19 before KPA snatched the fourth 25-12.
Michael Kariuki top-scored for Nakuru with 16 points while Arou Ramadhan scored 14 for KPA.
In Nairobi, Strathmore University showed no respect for their seniors beating Blades 68-58 in a battle of siblings. Blades led 30-22 at halftime. Allan Ouma led scoring for Strathmore with 18 points as Peter Shilton scored 15 for Blades.
United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) won 68-56 against Zetech University with 15 points from Alvin Nyangweso and 14 from Joel Ntambwe. For Zetech, Joshua Kisali scored the first 10 points of the game to top-score with 20.
USIU-A scored 11 points from the free-throw line and Zetech had nine while both teams made a single 3-pointer each.
In other games, Abel Nson scored 22 points as Nairobi Aviation College beat Umoja 71-59 while KU Pirates beat Mennonite 63-54.
In the women's Premier League, Equity Bank beat Masaku Sparks 73-64 with Hilda Indasi scoring 25 points and Samba Mjomba adding 20. Betty Kananu scored 12 points in fourth quarter to top score for Masaku with game-high 32 points that included 12 free shots.
The bankers had three three-pointers and 12 free shots compared to Masaku’s 16 free shots.
Sprite Storms came from 17-22 down at halftime to beat Co-operative Bank 49-43. Angela Luchivya scored 13 points for Storms and Mercy Achieng top scored for the bankers with 10.
Rachael Opinya and Mollete Achieng combined for 31 points as Strathmore University beat Eagle Wings 56-38. Lucy Machuma scored 14 points for the Eagles.
In another game, KPA beat KU Oryx 67-24.
KBF Weekend Results
Saturday: Nakuru Club 74 KPA 69, Baraka Xtreme 61 Eldonets 56, Parklands Baptist 20 Nebulas-Kakamega 0 (walkover), KU Oryx 24 KPA Ladies 67, KU Pirates 63 Mennonite 54, 4-Christ 55 ANU 61, Sprite Storms 49 Co-op Bank 43, Strathmore University 56 Eagle Wings 38, Strathmore University 68 Blades 58, Umoja 59 Nairobi Aviation College 71; Sunday: Little Prince 37 Barclays Bank 44, Blazers 44 Trailblazers 68, Equity Bank 73 Masaku Sparks 64, USIU-A 68 Zetech University 56, Ulinzi Warriors 75 Thunder 85.

KENYA : KBF cancels weekend league games in Nairobi.


  • Ulinzi's Emmaculate Agusta drives past KPA's Natalie Akinyi in a league match last weekend. KPA host USIU-A on Saturday. (Photo by Shutterspeed)
Kenya Basketball Federation has cancelled all the weekend matches which were supposed to be played in Nairobi at the weekend.
This development has been occasioned by the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit that begins on Friday.
A statement from fixtures secretary Joseph Amoko read; “note that due to the visiting of The President of USA and the meetings which will be held in Nairobi, games scheduled for this weekend in Nairobi have been shelved to a later date. Games outside Nairobi will go on as scheduled.”
Because of the cancellation, the inter-conference meeting in Mombasa between Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) in both men's and women's Premier Leagues will be the key highlight. KPA and USIU-A are still unbeaten in women's Premier League.
While USIU-A has remained consistent with players who won the league last season, KPA has an almost total transformation bringing in experienced players who have been impressive. Western Delight will host Kisumu Lady Bucks in Kakamega in the other women's premier league.
In the mean time, local basketball coaches who took part in the 1st Annual Youth Sports Fitness and Conditioning Workshop were trained on how to prepare players for endurance on the court. The workshop was conducted by international professional trainer Colin Harris from United Kingdom. He is in the country for a series of training sessions at the Sadili Oval Sports Academy.
On Tuesday, KBF roped him in to take coaches through a clinic that focused on flexibility and core stabilization among other aspects of strength and conditioning. The interactive session had coaches learn new tricks for preparing players on endurance which is very critical. They learned the best ways to structure conditioning and fitness training for basketball as well as injury prevention.
“Basketball is one of the most dynamic sports in the world today. Players need to maximize on speed and power especially when they jump and make moves,” he said. “Strength and conditioning needs to be done regularly for a player to gain maximum benefits. It got to be a lot of internal training, core strength and jumping to gain more power.”
Clubs in the country have not invested in strength and conditioning regime and for those in attendance, the clinic was an eye-opener. Ronnie Owino (Strathmore University), Carey Odhiambo (Co-op Bank) Carol Ouma (Co-op Bank), Charles Goro (KCA-U) and Evelyn Kedogo (Eagle Wings) were among the attendees.
Speaking to sportsnewsarena.com after the workshop, Odhiambo termed the workshop as valuable. He said local coaches need more of that to be at par with other international leagues. “It was for things to do with training players on balance, how to run quick and most of the things that we don't do. He has taught us one critical thing; players should not train for like two consecutive hours but they need breaks.”
KBF Weekend Fixtures
Saturday: JKUAT vs Baraka Xtreme (10 a.m., MKU), MKU Thika vs World Hope (12 p.m.), KPA vs USIU-A Flames (2 p.m., KPA), KPA vs USIU-A Tigers (4 p.m.), Western Delight vs Kisumu Lady Bucks (10 a.m., KPC).

21 July 2015

RWANDA : Espoir beat CSK to reach play-offs finals

Game Two
Sunday
Espoir 60-56 CSK
Patriots 66-55 APR
Game One
Saturday
CSK 92-70 Espoir
APR 84-77 Patriots
Reigning champions Espoir have reached the basketball playoffs finals for the fourth successive season after edging out bitter rivals Cercle Sportif de Kigali 2-0 in the best-of-three semi-finals.
Espoir won the game 1, 92-70 on Saturday and Game 2, 60-55 on Sunday at Amahoro indoor stadium court to take an unassailable 2-0 win.
Jean Bahufite’s side, seeking to win a record fourth successive double (regular season title and playoffs trophy), will not face the winner of the other semi-final playoff between APR and Patriots, who are tied 1-1 after the first two games.
Espoir’s forward Olivier Shyaka scored 12 and 22 points in Game 1 and 2 respectively and was well supported by shooting guard Lionnel Hakizimana who scored 19 points in Game 1 while power forward Bienvenue Ngandu contributed 14 points.
Bahufite told Times Sport on Monday that, “We’re now in the finals, congratulations to my players for yet another brilliant performance. Beating CSK in two games was not easy, I expect the finals to be a little easier.”
In other semi-final series, APR won Game 1 on Saturday 84-77 but debutants Patriots recovered to level the series 1-1 after triumphing in Game 2, 66-55. The deciding Game is scheduled for July 25 at Amahoro indoor stadium.

17 July 2015

NAMIBIA : Rebels Take On the Mighty Lions

Defending champions Unam Rebels' dominance of the Khomas Basketball Association first division will be tested when they lock horns against bitter rivals Lions on Saturday.
Last weekend, the Rebels comfortably saw off Katutura outfit Plaza Warriors 93-56 to cement first place position on the log with 13 points, incidentally the same number of points as the Lions.
Rebels power forward Rafael Paulus, supported by Omzak Paulus and Baklam Iyambo dominated the game throughout against Warriors point guard Mervin Katjouanga, power forward Alex Kapepu and guard Abcy Hailenga.
The defeat saw Warriors remain sixth on the log with seven points.
The Lions took on the depleted Titans in what proved to be an outstanding basketball match, with both sides showing great scoring form.
It was only after the third quarter that the Lions began to stamp their authority on the game as the absence of key players from the Titans ranks began to take effect.
Lion's power forward Corbin Prinzonsky and superb point guard Guilherme Bryant da Costa supported by centre player Cyfo Sinvula were the driving force of their team ensuring that they edged their arch rival.
For the Titans, point guard Henoch Shilongo gave an excellent performance scoring 34 career high points against the mighty Lions.
His efforts were however not enough to prevent his side from defeat.
The Lions win sees them hold on to second position behind Rebels, while the Titans are fourth on 11 points.
Another of Saturday's exciting contests saw Poly Blues battle Afro Stars, with the former eventually winning the entertaining encounter 86-66.
Meanwhile, Zula Cobraz lost 93-56 to second division log leaders Wolves, while Monitronics defeated Eagles by 67-46.
On Sunday, Poly Blues were on the losing end after Unam Pacers sneaked a 59-53 victory. The Eagles went down 72-65 to Mwangole on the same day.
Action in the KBA leagues continues at the Unam Basketball Gymnasium this weekend.

UGANDA : Jimmy Enabu leads City Oilers past Sharing Youth


Jimmy Enabu led City Oilers past Sharing © Kawowo Sports / AISHA NAKATO Jimmy Enabu led City Oilers past Sharing
Jimmy Enabu fueled City Oilers with the jolt of energy they needed.
With his pin-point shot falling from beyond the 3-point arc, the shooting guard scored 18 points to spur City Oilers to an easy 87-56 win over Sharing Youth on Wednesday night at YMCA, Wandegeya.
Also contributing was Kami Kabange with 15 points, 11 rebounds while Landry Ndikumana added 14 points and picked up 16 rebounds.
Victory tallied up City Oilers’ tenth win of the season and keep with in touching distance to table topping sides KIU Titans and UCU Canons.
Alex Lugasi top scored for Sharing Youth with 13 points and Tong Gatwech contributed 11 points. Despite defeat (3-10 run), the Nsambya based side retained their 9 position on the 12 team log

13 July 2015

UGANDA : Titans Keen to Stretch Advantage On Falcons


Kampala — Despite a 76-62 first round defeat to KIU Titans, Star Times Falcons forward Stephen Omony reckons there was little to choose between the two teams then.
"We are not too far behind but just need to sort out a few issues on our defense," he said in the aftermath of the game in which his side clawed to within three points two minutes to the end.
A fortnight on, the two teams clash again as the Airtel National Basketball League second round tips off this evening at YMCA Wandegeya.
A 6-0 start for Falcons was followed by three straight losses before concluding the first round seeded fifth with a 7-4 record.
Only Omony and Kenyan center Ariel Okall have managed to put in consistent performances for Sam Obol's side to arrest the slump with the pair averaging 17 and 16 points respectively from their last five games.
The same cannot be said of their opponents, KIU, whose depth sees them sitting top of the log after a 10-1 record going into the second round.
The acquisition of experienced players; Henry Malinga, Norman Blick and Diego Angemi, has ensured that the gelling has not taken as long as coach Hamza Nyambogo had anticipated. Blick and Angemi also did most of the damage, scoring 14 and 18 points respectively in the first round encounter between the two teams.
Nyambogo will expect more of the same today. In the ladies category, A1 Challenge, who completed the first round as third seeds with an 8-3 record, play fourth-seeded KIU Rangers (5-6) in the day's opening game.
Airtel Fuba League
TODAY AT YMCA
KIU Rangers vs. A1 (6pm)
Star Times Falcons vs. KIU Titans (8pm)

KENYA : USIU-A maintain unbeaten run


  • Strathmore University overcame Lions in a KBF league. (SNA File Photo)
Defending champions United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) remained unbeaten in women premier league with a 76-71 win over Equity Bank as the inter-conference games continued on Sunday.
Complacency in the fourth quarter nearly ruined their seventh win of the season after squandering a 17-point lead. Equity trailed 28-44 at halftime and had reduced the deficit to just two points with 1:06 remaining in fourth quarter.
The students started strong winning the first two quarters 22-17 and 22-11 as Equity struggled to click. The bankers attempted 14 times from the 3-point line making only four shots compared to 13 attempts by the students who made five shots.
From the free-throw line, the bankers scored 4/5 at the free-throw line while USIU-A made 5/11. Upon resumption, Equity managed to win third quarter 21-20 and the fourth 22-12 but it was too late too little.
In second half, the bankers shot 3/4 from the 3-point line and 17/27 from the free-throw line while USIU-A had 1/10 from the arc and 8/11 from the free-throw line. Georgia Adhiambo made four 3-point shots as she top scored for USIU-A with 25 points.
Sarah Chan scored 17 and Cynthia Irankunda added 14. Hilda Indasi scored highest for Equity with 22 points, Samba Mjomba scored 19 and Eleanor Musundi added 13.
Ulinzi Blades beat Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) 53-15 while Co-op Bank registered a 76-22 win over Mennonite.
Strathmore piled pressure
In the men's Premier League, Strathmore University piled more pressure on Lions beating the former champions 73-56. Strathmore won the first three quarters 26-13, 18-14 and 16-11 before Lions won the fourth 18-13.
Cliff Alela scored 17 points for the students, Allan Owino had 13 and Keith Adams added 12. Marvin Omondi and Harrison Kaudia scored 11 points each for Lions, player-coach Juma Ikapian added 9 with Moses Wanjara accounting for 7 points. Strathmore made 16 free shots against 12 for Lions and scored three 3-point shots against Lions’ four.
Blades also from Strathmore University had a good outing beating Nairobi Aviation College 63-33. Blades dominated in all quarters with 18-10, 18-11, 12-6 and 15-6 respectively. Hugh Ayara top scored for Blades with 12 points, Emmanuel Soja scored 10 and Bill Nyagosia added 9. For Aviation, Mohamed Asman scored 10 points and Ben Oluoch added 8.
After their 61-62 painful loss to Zetech University last weekend, Nairobi City Thunder was back to winning rhythm with a 70-41 score over Mennonite. Kevin Chogo top scored for Thunder with 17 points and Anthony Oduor added 15.
For Mennonite, Felix Odhiambo scored highest with 15 points, Eric Makokha had 12 and Marvin Gathua accounted for 10. After leading 41-35 from the first three quarters, fourth quarter was the game changer for Thunder after convincingly winning 29-6.
Former champions Co-operative Bank beat University of Nairobi’s Terrorist 74-57. In division one action, Upper Hill registered one win and one loss. They beat MKU Thika 92-88 on Saturday but lost 52-57 to Barclays Bank on Sunday.
Other results had Little Prince beat Don Bosco 59-38, MKU Thika beat JKUAT 84-54 and KCA-U won 59-43 against EMYBA.
KBF Weekend Results
Saturday: World Hope 51 ANU 52, Mennonite Ladies 22 Co-op Bank 76, Ulinzi Blades 53 KCA-U 15, Upper Hill 92 MKU Thika 88, Nairobi Aviation College 33 Blades 63, Blazers 48 4-Christ 46, Trailblazers 65 Parklands Baptist 32, Masaku Sparks 68 Eagle Wings 53, Strathmore University 74 KU Oryx 20, Zetech University 61 Ulinzi Warriors 64.
Sunday: Barclays Bank 57 Upper Hill 52, Little Prince 59 Don Bosco 38, Equity Bank 71 USIU Flames 76, Lions 56 Strathmore University 73, Co-op Bank 74 Terror 57, EMYBA 43 KCA-U 59, JKUAT 54 MKU-Thika 84, Mennonite 41 Thunder 70.

KENYA : Ulinzi overcome strong Zetech challenge to snatch narrow win

  • An anxious Ulinzi Warriors coach William Balozo.Ulinzi beat Zetech 64-61 on Saturday.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
Ulinzi Warriors needed extra time to beat Zetech University 64-61 in a men premier league inter-conference game that they interestingly dominated at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium on Saturday.
The soldiers started off with an 11-point advantage in the first quarter winning 15-4. Zetech won the second quarter 19-13 for Ulinzi to lead 28-23 at the breather. At one point in third quarter, the soldiers enjoyed a 15 points lead to win the quarter 16-9.
Trailing by 12 points heading to the fourth quarter, Zetech was not ready to go down without a fight. The introduction of Keith Luvisi who had warmed the bench for long changed the game for Zetech, their offensive play gaining momentum.
They hit back strongly and managed to make it a one-point game at 46-45 with the clock reading 4:47. Jeremy Opiyo, one of their key players, was then fouled out at a time his input was highly needed but teammates held steady.
Jeremy Yongo scored a free shot to tie the game and that set an intriguing finish. Joshua Kisali scored a basket as Zetech took the lead for the first time at 48-46 but Ulinzi tied the game again with a Byron Mabonga basket.
Kisali hit back again with a basket to give Zetech a 50-48 lead before Ulinzi leveled and took control.
At 0:12 on the clock, Ulinzi were leading 55-53 and Zetech called a tactical time-out that came with possession.
They took only two seconds after resumption for Luvisi to sink a contested basket and tie the game at 55-all pushing play to overtime. Zetech won fourth quarter 23-11 which proved to be the turning point. In overtime, Ulinzi won 9-6 with scores tied twice at 58-all and 60-all.
Ancette Wafula top scored or Ulinzi with 17 points, two rebounds and seven steals while William Ochieng added 13 points and grabbed four rebounds.
Kisali scored a game high 25 points for Zetech who did not make any 3-point shot from 20 attempts and made nine free shots from 24 attempts. Ulinzi scored four 3-pointers after attempting 18 times plus 24 free shots against 45 attempts.
Masaku beat Eagles
Masaku Sparks was in fine form as they dispatched Eagle Wings 68-53 in the women premier league. Eagles took a slim 13-12 first quarter lead.
Within two minutes of second quarter, Masaku was 20-13 up with two 3-pointers from Fridah Gumra and a basket from Michelle Otinda.
They went on to win the quarter 26-16 and enjoy a 9-point lead at halftime. Masaku sailed to safety with a 19-10 win in third quarter as Eagles won the fourth 14-11. Felmas Adhiambo top scored for Masaku with 17 points and Gumra added 12.
Sylvia Koech scored highest for Eagles with 13 points; Lucy Machuma had 12 while Eunice Ouma scored 11,seven coming off free throws. Masaku scored four 3-point shots from 20 attempts and 8 free shots from 18 attempts.
For Eagles, they attempted eight times at the 3-point line scoring none while 23 free shots were made from 45 attempts. Strathmore Swords had an easy win over Kenyatta University Oryx scoring 74-20.
They restricted Oryx to a low scoring game of 22-8, 21-4, 19-8 and 12-0 respectively. Mollete Achieng led the scores for Strathmore with 19 points, Mercy Odima added 16 and Sarah Wakanyi had 11. Berine Okoth scored 8 points for Oryx coming off two 3-pointers and two free shots.
Strathmore made one 3-point shot and 15 free shots against Oryx two 3-pointers and six free shots. In division one, Blazers narrowly beat 4-Christ 48-46 and Trailblazers won 65-32 against Parklands Baptist.
FORMER national champions Ulinzi ‘Warriors’ gunned down Zetech University 64-61 in overtime in a tightly contested Premier League duel at Nyayo National Stadium.
The soldiers took a 15-4 first quarter edge before the students stormed back with a 19-13 score-line in the second stanza. But Ulinzi still hanged on to 28-23 at the break. After the breather, the two teams rarely found the target with Ulinzi taking the third quarter 16-9 and Zetech clawing right back for 16-9 difference to lock the scores 55 all at the end. Ulinzi were top in the extra five minutes with a 9-6 cushion. Ancette Wafula managed 16 points while William Ochieng added 9. The students had 22 from Joshua Kisiali and 10 from Fredrick Odhiambo.
Masaku Sparks took a 38-29 half-time lead and went on to beat Eagle Wings 68-53 in a women’s fixture. Felmus Adhiambo posted 17 points and Fridah Gumba added 12. The losers had 15 from Cathy Nedesa and 12 from Lucy Machuma.
Strathmore University easily trounced Kenyatta University 74-20, behind 18 points from Mercy Odima and 17 from Mollete Achieng. ‘Oryx’ had 8 from Beryl Okoth.
At the Upper Hill School courts, Nairobi Aviation College (NAC) suffered a humiliating 63-33 thumping at the hands of Blades. In the women’s matches, Co-operative Bank of Kenya nailed Mennonites 76-22 and Ulinzi ‘Blades’ cut Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) University 53-15 with Bridgit Nanzala posting 20 points.
In the lower division, Blazers nipped 4-Christ 48-46 with Joseph Koech hitting 16 points. Preston Orengo nailed 15 as Trailblazers hit Parklands Baptist 65-32
World Hope lost 51-52 to Africa Nazarene University (ANU) and host Upper Hill had 35 points from David Ouma as they blanked Mount Kenya University, Thika 92-88.
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11 July 2015

KENYA : Basketball fans set for lively Inter-conference action

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  • Masaku Sparks Joy Nyagol in action. Masaku will play Eagles this weekend.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) has lined up a highly competitive first in back-to-back weekends of inter-conference games. Upper Hill School and Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium will be the two venues to host 19 games this weekend; five in men premier league, five in women premier league and nine in division one.
Two games in women premier league are poised to draw huge attention. Masaku Sparks against Eagle Wings on Saturday will see Silalei Shani come up against her former teammates for the first time. She won league and regional titles with Eagles but has not been instrumental for Masaku in five games they have played.
The league debutants who have another former Eagles player Pamela Sinda have won twice in eastern conference. Eagles have a better record having won three of their six games in western conference and will start the game as favourites.
Player-coach Evelyne Kedogo will lead the former champions as they seek a fourth win of the season.
USIU hot favourites
On Sunday, the matchup between United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) and Equity Bank is another one to draw attention.
Hilda Indasi who joined the bankers this season will be playing against her former side that she led to maiden league title last season.
She will be playing against familiar foes but her side boasts of experienced and decorated players. In this game, western conference’s USIU-A will be the hot favorites by virtue of being league champions and still unbeaten so far.
They have won six of their games this season while Equity has lost once in five games. Point guard Samba Mjomba will command the bankers’ backcourt coming up against USIU-As frontcourt led by the omnipresent Sarah Chan.
Strathmore University and Kenyatta University Oryx will clash in an all-varsities derby on Saturday. Winless Mennonite and Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) have tough games against Co-operative Bank and Ulinzi Blades respectively.
The notable fixture for men premier league will be strugglers Strathmore University and Lions. Both teams are a pale shadow of their past seasons having won two games each.
Strathmore has played nine games in eastern conference while Lions have played seven in western conference and are last on the log.
The meeting between Blades and Nairobi Aviation College might as well sparkle despite the huge disparity in their performances.
Blades are high-riding in western conference with six wins from seven games while Aviation have two wins from seven games in eastern conference.
The individual brilliance of Aviation’s vibrant duo of Abel Nson and Ben Oluoch will be one of the determining factors in the game.
Blades has its own dependable duo of Peter Shilton Ochieng and Joseph Ongoro who are always at their best. Co-operative Bank will confront University of Nairobi’s Terrorist on Sunday while Thunder and Mennonite clash same day.
Zetech University will face a stern test against Ulinzi Warriors who are top in western conference. Standout fixture in division one will pit eastern conference leaders 4-Christ against third-placed team in western conference Blazers.
Upper Hill School has two games against MKU-Thika on Saturday and Barclays Bank on Sunday. Parklands Baptist who are winless in nine games have a mountain to climb when they face off with Trailblazers who have won eight of their nine games in eastern conference.
KBF weekend fixtures: Saturday- World Hope vs. ANU (Upper Hill, 9am), Mennonite Ladies vs. Co-op Bank (10:30am), Ulinzi Blades vs. KCA-U (12pm), Upper Hill vs. MKU Thika (2pm), Nairobi Aviation College vs. Blades (4pm), Blazers vs. 4-Christ (Nyayo gymnasium, 9am), Trailblazers vs. Parklands Baptist (10:30am), Masaku Sparks vs. Eagle Wings (12pm), Strathmore University vs. KU Oryx (2pm), Zetech University vs. Ulinzi Warriors (4pm), Nebulas-Kakamega vs. Eldonets (UG, 10am); Sunday-Barclays Bank vs. Upper Hill (Nyayo gymnasium, 9am), Little Prince vs. Don Bosco (10:30am), Equity Bank vs. USIU Flames (12pm), Lions vs. Strathmore University (2pm), Co-op Bank vs. Terror (4pm), EMYBA vs. KCA-U (Upper Hill, 10am), JKUAT vs. MKU-Thika (12pm), Mennonite vs. Thunder (2pm).

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