17 August 2015

KENYA : Masaku beat Mennonite 83-0! worst offensive Kenya premier tie


By francis marangu
Aug 15, 2015
  • 4Christ Teddy Kakai dribbles past World Hope Nelson Mandela during the division one game.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • Mennonites Essiely Mbuwa is sandwiched by Masaku Sparks Agatha Samari (L) and Joyce Nyagol.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • 4Christ Teddy Kakai dribbles past World Hope Nelson Mandela during the division one game.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • Mennonites Essiely Mbuwa is sandwiched by Masaku Sparks Agatha Samari (L) and Joyce Nyagol.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
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Kenya Basketball Federation, KBF, league witnessed one of its worst performances on Saturday when Mennonite was bizarrely shutout losing 0-83 to Masaku Sparks in a women's premier league match at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
Mennonite failed to make a basket and had two unsuccessful free shots only in the lopsided blowout tie.
For forty minutes, Masaku was in a class of its own winning 19-0, 20-0, 19-0 and 25-0 in all quarters.
They scored 12 points from the 3-point line and three from free shots. Betty Kananu top scored with 22 points and Hilda Ndegwa added 14.
This is the wors record in the local league for a scoreless game with the highest margin.
Kenyatta University Pirates beat Nairobi Aviation College 65-45 in a men premier league game they led from start to finish. Pirates won all quarters 18-12, 16-6, 16-15 and 15-12 with nine of their points coming off the 3-point line and 12 from the free-throw line.
Renson Moibi led the scoring for Pirates with 18 points while Kenneth Adodi added 13. John Brian top scored for Aviation with 14 points while Mohamed Osman added 13 as the team made seven free shots.
World hope, KU win 
In division one, World Hope and 4-Christ played out a balanced game before World Hope emerged winners with a 74-67 score.
Both teams tied 35-all at the breather after World Hope won first quarter 17-16 and 4-Christ the second 19-18.
Third quarter proved the turning point for World Hope who won 15-8 as the fourth tied at 24-all.
Eric Kayiere scored highest for World Hope with 19 points, Samuel Sioche added 17 and Patrick Wakasiaka had 16.
For 4-Christ, Martinson Nyakundi top scored with 16 points as David Sinda and Daniel Imbali jointly scored 15 each.
Sinda had four 3-point shots, a free shot and a basket while Imbali scored three 3-pointers, two free shots and two baskets. 4-Christ had 24 of their points come from the 3-point line and six from free shots while World Hope made five 3-pointers and six free shots.
Blazers came from 23-24 down at halftime to beat Parklands Baptist 46-42. John Leonard scored 10 points for Blazers and Joel Wafula added 9 while Dheno Moise scored highest for Baptist with 10 points, Denis Shamala added 9 and Collins Ngira had 8.
Blazers scored 10 free shots while Baptist had 4 free shots and four 3-pointers. Barclays Bank was also on the winning roster beating Don Bosco 66-53. Franklin Delano scored four 3-pointers to top score for Barclays with 18 points same as Abel Kimondo. Mike Lokopoyit added 14.
Joel Atebe made four 3-pointers and scored 10 points in third quarter that Don Bosco lost 11-20 to top score with a game high 22 points. He had six free shots to his name.
Overall, Barclays scored 15 points from the arc and seven from the free-throw line while Don Bosco had two 3-pointers and 13 free shots.
Saturday Results: Nairobi Aviation College 45 KU Pirates 65, Barclays Bank 66 Don Bosco 53, Blazers 46 Parklands Baptist 42, 4-Christ 67 World Hope 74, Masaku Sparks 83 Mennonite 0.

UGANDA : We have a chance to surprise a few people at Afrobasket – Josh Johnson

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Silverbacks point guard Josh Johnson says Uganda will surprise teams at Afrobasket © Kawowo Sports / AISHA NAKATO Silverbacks point guard Josh Johnson says Uganda will surprise teams at Afrobasket
Uganda’s national men’s basketball team – The Silverbacks had their last tune up game for the August 19-30 Afrobasket against the National Basketball League Select Side on Friday night at Lugogo.
Not so convincingly they won the game 68-51 thanks to Stanley Ociti’s 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Despite the performance with four days to the tournament, point guard, Josh Johnson is conviced the team is almost ready for the event.
“I think we are getting close to where we wanna be as a team. We were not consistent with what we did today but I think we will get better and we are getting ready” Johnson told Kawowo Sports
Uganda’s Silverbacks will start the continental showpiece against the hosts and also tournament favourites Tunisia on the opening night.
Johnson believes they are not going to be a pushover and will compete well with the North Africans.
“I believe so many things can happen in sports and they don’t come as always predicted,” he said.
“As team they (Tunisia) don’t what we have, what we are good at. I think we have a chance to surprise a few people. I trust my bunch of guys and we are going up there to compete.”
Josh Johnson accords Tunisia the due respect but says they have an advantage over the Tunisians don’t know much about how the Silverbacks play.
“Tunisia are a good team. We know who they are but they don’t know who we are and that’s one good thing. We going up there to compete, play good basketball and put ourselves in a good position”

UGANDA : KISU Bucks win inaugural FUBA Jr. NBA League


KISU Bucks were crowned champions of the inaugural FUBA Jr. NBA League © Kawowo Sports / AISHA NAKATO KISU Bucks were crowned champions of the inaugural FUBA Jr. NBA League
Finals: Mashariki High Pelicans 51-66 KISU Bucks
3rd Place Playoff: Hilton Nets 52-74 Crane High Trail Blazers
KISU Bucks has won the first ever junior basketball league in Uganda – the FUBA Junior NBA League.
Their coach Hans De Heer was delighted by the feat much as he admits it has been challenging.
“It (Season) has been challenging but again quite rewarding after the final” De Heer said.
The KISU Bucks saw of Mashariki Pelicans 66-51 thanks to a game high 39 points and 16 rebounds from Abraham Meron.
After a square first quarter, KISU’s abundance of offensive options started to show as they slowly but steadily started to pull away from Mashariki.
KISU 's coach De Heer says it came down to the quality in numbers.
The other team (Mahariki) has two good players – the number 14 (Fayed Baale) and their number 13 (Tayob Jal) but we had more quality in the numbers and that gave me more options to change the team without playing bad. The guys were keeping the momentum
Despite taking a mere 3 points lead into halftime, the KISU Bucks returned with a big second half.
Mashariki kept chasing and were paced by the MVP Fayed Baale but didn’t catch up as he got little help from the teammates. Baale poured in 36 points, picked 7 rebounds and swiped 10 steals. Tayob Jal chipped in with 7 points and game high 17 rebounds

FUBA President Ambrose Tashobya (L) hands the MVP trophy to Mashariki Pelicans' Fayed Baale
Stephane Okonge had 10 points for KISU.
Maimi Heat’s forward, Luol Deng watched the youngsters from courtside and was impressed by what he saw.
It’s very exciting to see this. The program is going on and I can see the kids are being coached well. They know this the final and they are playing well together.

Miami Heat's Luol Deng (R) congratulates KISU Bucks' Bruce Ainebyona
Meanwhile, Crane High Trailblazers beat Hilton High Nets 74-52 to take third place thanks to Andrew Kiseka’s 26 points and 11 rebounds. Emmanuel Makuel contributed 18 points and picked 18 rebounds while Ivan Matovu.
Roland Muwanguzi had a one man show for Hilton netting game high 35 points to go with 10 rebounds.

14 August 2015

NIGERIA : Mark Mentors Seal Semi-Final Ticket, Eye Continent

Reigning FIBA Africa Champions Cup Zone-3 champions, Mark Mentors Basketball Club of Abuja, yesterday afternoon sealed a semi-final ticket of the ongoing 2015 DStv Premier Basketball League Final-8 Playoffs.
The Mentors did that in grand style with a 65-52 points win over Nigeria Customs Service Basketball Club of Lagos to make it three win from three Group A games played to lead the pairing.
The coach Peter Ahmedu-tutored side had earlier defeated Atlantic Conference champion by 78-68 points on Monday and earned a hard fought victory over fellow Savannah Conference side, Gombe Bulls Basketball Club by 63-61 points on Tuesday.
Though Customs outsmarted Mentors on the board with 42-39 rebounds but the Igoche Mark-inspired side were the better side with 14-11 assist, five to four steal and recorded lesser turn-over with 18-25.
Mark Mentors captain and D'Tigers shooting guard, Stanley Gumut, led his side with 19 points and 8 rebounds while small forward, Abdulwahab Yahaya, added 11 points and 3 rebounds to lead side to her second straight semi-final berth.
Mentors recorded the biggest lead of 20-6 points' midway into the second quarter after giving away the first quarter by 14-15 points.
The Mentors put behind it the slim first quarter loss to the Scott Nnaji coached Customs to outwit the their opponent with 12-9 points win in the second quarter for half-time score of 26-24 points, the Abuja-based side who narrowly lost the league title to reigning champion Kano Pillars in 2014 opened up the game in the third quarter winning by 25-14 points to take a 51-38 points lead into the final quarter which both sides shared evenly at 14 points apiece.
Mentors head coach, Ahmedu told our correspondent shortly after the game against Customs that only the league title is good for them this year while not underrating whoever emerge as their semi-final opponent.
"We are grateful to the team management especially our Chairman, Igoche Mark, who ensured that areas we were facing challenges were sorted out before our departure for Lagos and the only way we can reciprocate the huge gesture is to go back to Abuja with the trophy and a place in the continent," declared Coach Ahmedu.

UGANDA : Deng for Junior League


Kampala — Basketball superstar Luol Deng will be the guest of honour as Mashariki Pelicans and KISU Bucks clash in the final of the Junior NBA Fuba League due Saturday at Lugogo.
"We received confirmation this week and are expecting him to arrive today," Grace Kwizera, the Junior National Basketball League project head, said yesterday.
Deng, who operates mainly as a small forward, fled his native Sudan with his family as a child. He moved to Egypt and later the United Kingdom. He acquired British citizenship in 2006.
The two-time All-Star started his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls in 2004 and played for them until 2013. He joined Miami Heat in July 2014 after spending half a season at Cleveland Cavaliers.
Deng will grace the final of the competition, which is played by boys aged between 12-15.
KISU Bucks and the Entebbe-based Mashariki Pelicans emerged champions from their respective conferences last Sunday.
The Pelicans can count themselves lucky as they were only reinstated for the Western Conference final after their 82-66 loss to Kisubi High Thunder was overturned because the latter fielded unregistered players. The game though was lit up by a fine individual display from Pelicans' Fayed Baale, who converted 58% of his shots for 47 points. The point guard then returned with a game high 25 points as the Pelicans edged the Crane High Trail Blazers 56-55 in a nail-biting game for a place in the final.
There was no such drama in the East as the KISU Bucks beat Ndejje SS Wizards 82-75 in the semifinal before defeating Hilton High Nets 79-68 in the final with William Deheer finishing with a combined 47 points from the two games.
KISU Bucks beat Ndejje SS Wizards 82-75 in the semifinal before defeating Hilton High Nets 79-68 in the final with William Deheer finishing with a combined 47 points from the two games.
NBA JUNIOR LEAGUE FINALS
TODAY AT LUGOGO
Kisu Bucks vs. Mashariki Pelicans
Today at YMCA
Airtel National Basketball League
Women: Gladiators vs. UCU Lady Canons, 6:30pm
Men: Sharing Youth vs. Ndejje Univ. Angels, 8:30pm

KENYA : Giants of Africa: Shaping lives, forming talents through basketball


  • Masai Ujiri follows the action in Kayole.(Photo:Giants of Africa)
  • Masai Ujiri and Giants of Africa were in Kayole on Monday.(Photo:Giants of Africa)
  • Masai Ujiri follows the action in Kayole.(Photo:Giants of Africa)
  • Masai Ujiri and Giants of Africa were in Kayole on Monday.(Photo:Giants of Africa)
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The General manager NBA’s Toronto Raftors, Masai Ujiri and Giants of Africa is holding camps in four African countries across Africa for the first time.
Marking its 12th year supporting the growth of basketball in Africa, Giants of Africa has expanded its camps from Nigeria and Kenya to include Ghana and Rwanda. Camps which has already visited Nigeria, Ghana and will wind up the tour in Rwanda.
Giants of Africa camps ‎bring together top coaches from various countries to help run the sessions and are designed to help young basketball players develop athletically, achieve life goals and become better players.
“Running the Giants of Africa camps every year has become very important to us,” said Ujiri.
“We have to give back and encourage the youth. While we all want to do well in our daily jobs, we must never forget what got us here. Using basketball to educate and develop African youth is just the beginning of what needs to be accomplished. Coaching the coaches and building infrastructure is key for the growth of the game on the continent. These kids are motivated, aspire to learn and continue to work hard. It is a responsibility for us to inspire them to keep aiming high by providing them opportunities to grow."
Since the Giants of Africa camps began more than 100 camp attendees have moved on to high school or university in the United States, with around 20 now playing professionally in Europe.
Modeled after the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders outreach program, Giants of Africa holds two types of annual camps – Top 50 Camp and Big Man Camp. Its approach is to use the game of basketball as a means to teach and nurture important life skills.
The Top 50 Camp focuses on the top 50 kids from across the country and provides campers with three intense days of instruction.
The Big Man Camp teaches young athletes at six-foot-eight and above the basic fundamentals of the game with a focus on running, catching, footwork and shooting.
The goal for both camps is to begin to develop each of these athletes’ skills at a young, and still developmental age.
This approach provides an opportunity for ongoing improvement as each child continues to develop, learn and grow.

KENYA : Blades hand Ulinzi third season loss


  • Strathmore University Blades beat Ulinzi Warriors. This was only the third defeat to the soldiers who still lead in the Western Conference. (SNA File Photo)
Strathmore Blades inflicted the third defeat to Ulinzi Warriors in the Kenya Basketball Federation men's  Premier League by winning  71-58 on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
The result comes after losses to Nakuru Club and Thunder. Last weekend, the soldiers struggled to a slim 59-57 win over United States International University- Africa (USIU-A). In that game, they had to fight back from 24-29 down at halftime.
Despite the Sunday loss, Ulinzi still leads in the Western Conference with 21 points from 13 games while B are on 18 points from 10 games.
At half time, Blades led 39-35. Ulinzi won first quarter 15-13 and Blades the second 26-20. Third quarter was level 15-all before Blades clinched the fourth 17-8. Shilton Ochieng scored 16 points for Blades and Mike Oketch added 12. For Ulinzi, Victor Odendo and Bernard Mufutu scored 11 and 10 points respectively.
Nakuru Club extended its fine performance this season beating Lions 54-50 after taking a 22-18 halftime lead. Lions won first and fourth quarters 11-6 and 22-20 while Nakuru won the second and third 16-7 and 12-10.
Victor Orare top-scored for Nakuru on 14 points and James Okerio added 11. Marvin Omondi and Simon Mayien jointly scored 10 points for Lions.
In the women's Premier League, Masaku Sparks beat Sprite Storms 49-33. They led 27-12 at halftime. Betty Kananu scored 13 points for Masaku and Pamela Sinda added 11. Susan Akinyi led the scores for Storms with 10 points.
Masaku won first, second and fourth quarters 10-9, 17-3 and 13-12 respectively while third quarter tied at nine all.
USIU-A led 49-9 at half time on their way to beating Mennonites 90-17. Cynthia Odhiambo scored 14 points and Maureen Andalia added 12 for USIU-A.
In division one, World Hope lost the opportunity to push for the leadership of Eastern Conference when they forfeited their game against Don Bosco resulting in a 20-0 walkover loss. Barclays Bank piled more pressure on Western Conference leaders KCA-U winning 57-25 against Parklands Baptist who have won only once from 12 outings.
Abel Kimondo scored 20 points for the bankers who restricted their opponents to single digit scores in all quarters. Kelvin Mutua scored 13 points as visiting Nebulas-Kakamega beat Trailblazers 70-56. Howard Nyerere had 20 points for the losers.
Results: Nebulas-Kakamega 70 Trailblazers 56, Barclays Bank 57 Parklands Baptist 25, World Hope 0 Don Bosco 20 (walkover), USIU Flames 90 Mennonite 17, Masaku Sparks 49 Sprite Storms 33, Lions 50 Nakuru Club 54, Blades 71 Ulinzi Warriors 58.

UGANDA : Silverbacks: Oilers-KIU clash put off

KAMPALA-The anticipated clash between City Oilers and KIU Titans earlier scheduled for this evening has been postponed to pave way for another warm up game for the Silverbacks who are preparing for the Afro-basketball Championship.
The game which is again expected to be played against a select team of the top division players comes as a welcome boost for Mandy Juruni.
The Silverbacks coach had requested for another warm-up game after Monday’s 80-68 win over the select side before the team departs on Sunday.
“I am sure this team can perform a lot better than you have seen today. We never got out of our shell and there were a lot of nerves from the home based players who were eager to prove themselves. May be we can fix one or two games before we leave,” stated Juruni.
Stanley Ocitti impressed with 17 points in his first game in national team colours while Kassim Nangwere and Samuel Mukooza chipped in with 16 and 13 points respectively.
The Silverbacks have had low key preparations after the federation cancelled plans to have the team camp in Turkey because of lack of funds.
essenono@ug.nationmedia.com

UGANDA : Gazelles, Silverbacks in trial games

Uganda’s preparations for the All Africa Games and Afro-Basketball Championships due next month will be aided with warm-up games for the two national teams.
The national women’s side, the Gazelles, are to test themselves against visiting American College team, Westmont. The first of the two friendlies will be played today at Lugogo.
Westmont are in Uganda on a 12-day mission trip to minister and play basketball alongside the Sports Outreach Institute in Kampala and Gulu. “The games should help me try out some of the 20 players on the tentative list ahead of the tournaments,” Gazelles coach, Timothy Odeke, said at the weekend.
The two teams will then meet again at Lugogo tomorrow before the national men’s team, the Silverbacks, play a select side of foreign players featuring in the Airtel National Basketball League.
The Silverbacks, unlike the Gazelles, are already camping at Hotel Africana ahead of the Men’s Afro-Basket Championship due August 19-30 in Tunisia. With local basketball body, Fuba, short of backers after previous sponsors Linglong Tyre Company pulled out, the federation is also organizing fundraising dinner at Hotel Africana on Thursday.
gazelles squad
Claire Lamunu, Rebecca Akullo, Flavia Oketcho, Peace Proscovia, Sharon Karungi, Victoria Nassolo, Lisa Karungi, Judith Nansobya, Maureen Amoding, Muhayimina Namuwaya, Martha Soigi, Sylivia Nakazibwe, Elizabeth Kizza, Frances Nabulobi, Ruth Meme, Monica Siima, Winnie Anyango, Joy Chemutai, Hatima Kassim, Angella Namirimu

UGANDA : Our Saviour looking to rekindle sustained run in league

KAMPALA. After their 75-53 first round win over Falcons a few weeks back, Our Saviour coach Martin Kelly asked for his team to show similar conviction against the other teams in the Airtel National Basketball League. What followed were two more wins that helped the newly formed side to a 4-0 run, the best they have managed this season.
The start of the second round has, however, had the team revert to their inconsistent start that currently leaves the play-off chasing team with a 6-7 record.
It is that record they will seek to improve when they encounter Sharing Youth in one of two games this evening at YMCA.
The Caleb Earnest’s side have put up improved performances with Alex Lugasi and Tong Gatwech who are averaging 20 and 15 points respectively from their previous two games.
The results though continue to tell a different story, leaving them just outside the two relegation slots and a 3-10 record on the 12 team log.

RWANDA : Espoir's Mugabe eyes FIBA Africa Zone V title

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Mugabe has challenged his Espoir teammates to turn focus on winning the forthcoming Zone Five Championships. (File)
After retaining both the basketball regular league title and the play-offs trophy, Espoir Point Guard and captain Aristide Mugabe has challenged his teammates not to sit on their laurels but instead turn focus on winning the forthcoming Zone Five Championships.
This year’s FIFA Africa Zone Five Club Championship is scheduled for October 4-11 in Kigali, Rwanda.
The 27-year-old made the call after leading the Nyamirambo-based Espoir to their fourth consecutive play-offs title last weekend at Amahoro indoor stadium.
Espoir, won the Zone V Championship in 2012 in Kampala, and claimed this year’s play-offs crown after overwhelming debutants Patriots Basketball Club 3-1 in the best-of-five finals series. Patriots won Game 1 but Espoir’s superiority shone through as they dominated Game 2, 3 and 4.
“We are happy we retained the play-offs title to add to the (regular season) league but the tougher challenge lies ahead in the Zone V Championship. Our objective is to win the tournament in-front of our home fans,” Mugabe said on Tuesday.
The Rwanda international noted that, “Every team will come here (Kigali) targeting us, so we need to be really up for the challenge. For us to get maximum support from our fans, we also need to play well and show them that we mean business.”
Jean Bahufite’s team takes a short break to enjoy yet another successful season but return to training in the next two weeks to start preparing for the regional championships.
Espoir defeated Burundi’s Urunani to win the 2012 Zone V title in Kampala before losing in the final the following year (to Urunani) in Bujumbura. Last year in Mombasa, the Rwandan champions failed to go beyond the group stages, finishing sixth out of eight teams.
Urunani beat Kenya’s Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) 68-59 to retain the title while USIU of Kenya thrashed compatriots KPA 63-26 to claim the women’s crown.

05 August 2015

UGANDA : Our Saviour looking to rekindle sustained run in league

KAMPALA. After their 75-53 first round win over Falcons a few weeks back, Our Saviour coach Martin Kelly asked for his team to show similar conviction against the other teams in the Airtel National Basketball League. What followed were two more wins that helped the newly formed side to a 4-0 run, the best they have managed this season.
The start of the second round has, however, had the team revert to their inconsistent start that currently leaves the play-off chasing team with a 6-7 record.
It is that record they will seek to improve when they encounter Sharing Youth in one of two games this evening at YMCA.
The Caleb Earnest’s side have put up improved performances with Alex Lugasi and Tong Gatwech who are averaging 20 and 15 points respectively from their previous two games.
The results though continue to tell a different story, leaving them just outside the two relegation slots and a 3-10 record on the 12 team log.
essenono@ug.nationmedia.com

03 August 2015

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RWANDA : Patriots upbeat ahead of playoffs

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Patrick Habiyambere will lead Patriots against defending champions Espoir today. (Sam Ngendahimana)
Today
3rd place playoffs, Game One
UR-CASS       vs      The Hoops   10am (women)
CSK               vs      APR            12pm (men)
Finals, Game One
APR               vs      Ubumwe      3pm (women)
Espoir            vs      Patriots       5pm (men)
Sunday
3rd place playoffs, Game Two
The Hoops      vs      UR-CASS    10am (Women)
APR               vs      CSK            12pm (men)
Finals, Game Two
Ubumwe         vs      APR            3pm (women)
Patriots          vs      Espoir         5pm (men)
Play-off games debutants, Patriots Basketball Club, will lock horns with title holders Espoir BBC when both giants square-off today in Game One of the best-of-five finals at Amahoro stadium at 5pm.
Jean Bahufite’s three-time reigning champions Espoir and Cyrille Kalima’s newly formed Patriots BBC set up a date for finals after edging  Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) and APR in the best-of-three semi-finals last week.
Talking to Saturday Sport in a telephone interview on Friday, Patriots tactician Kalima said his players are fit and ready to face Espoir in their battle for the first trophy of the season.
“We are ready for the challenge. We are going to play our best basketball to dethrone three-time defending champions Espoir. It’s a tough call but the target is achievable,” the Former KBC head coach told this paper.
In a separate interview, Espoir’s Bahufite said his players are equally up to the task. “My players are mature, experienced and are used to such pressures. We will retain the crown for a record fourth consecutive time.”
This clash of titans will be preceded by Game One in finals of the women’s category between holders Ubumwe BBC and regular league champions APR at 3pm. All Game One fixtures today and Game Two fixtures tomorrow will be played at Amahoro indoor stadium.

UGANDA : Guard Ouma hails Oluoch impact as Falcons rediscover form


 
Francis Kasinde of Tiger Head Power (L) challenges Joseph Ouma of Falcons during the Airtel Fuba League between the two basketball giants at the MTN Arena Lugogo. HOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA  
By ELVIS SENONO

Posted  Monday, July 27  2015 at  01:00
In Summary
Basketball. Kenyan coach Bernard Olouch has been in charge of Falcons for a week.
KAMPALA. Star Times Falcons have had a sequential season in the National Basketball League thus far.
Six straight wins were followed by a run of five defeats in six games.
On Friday, they recorded a 66-42 win over Tiger Head Power and second straight since Kenyan Bernard Oluoch replaced Sam Obol as coach.
Despite only being in charge for a week, guard Joseph Ouma is confident his country mate will help revive the team’s fortunes.
“There is a difference in player rotation which has raised confidence among all players on the team,” Ouma told the Daily Monitor after the game.
“He is also very experienced which is also a huge advantage,” added Ouma who had a game high 15 points.
Stephen Omony and Ariel Okall added 14 and 13 points respectively with the latter also picking 16 rebounds as Falcons improved to 9-5.
For Power meanwhile defeat left coach Robert Mugabe decrying the inconsistency in fixtures.
“May be we have taken long without a competitive game but we were also beaten by a team which was better in all aspects so we can’t use that as an excuse.”
FRIDAY RESULT
Falcons 66-42 Power

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).

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