02 September 2014

ZONE V : Urunani retain Zone V crown, USIU claim women’s title

Finals: Men
KPA (Ken) 59-68 Urunani (Bur)
Women
KPA (Ken) 28-63 USIU (Ken)
Third/fourth place play-offs
Men
City Oilers (Uga) 71-67 Power (Uga)
Women
KCCA (Uga) 69-61 Berco Stars (Bur)
Burundi’s Urunani Basketball Club retained the Fiba/Africa Men’s Zone V Club Championships title after beating hosts KPA 68-59 on Sunday at KPA welfare gymnasium in Mombasa, Kenya.
In the women’s category, last year’s first runners-up United States International University (USIU) of Kenya clinched the title after humiliating local rivals KPA 63-28 in the final.
Urunani almost missed out on taking part in this year’s competition due to financial troubles—only making the trip on the last minute after the intervention of Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza.
It was the third successive year that the Burudian outfit reaches the men’s final, having lost to Rwanda’s Espoir in 2012 in Kampala. They avenged by winning last year’s edition in Bujumbura after defeating Espoir.
In the third/fourth spot play-offs, City Oilers of Uganda, who were in the same pool with Espoir, finished third after beating compatriots Tiger Head Power 71-67, while KCCA of Uganda also ousted Berco Stars of Burundi 69-61 to claim the third spot in the women’s competition.
Individual awards
Urunani’s Elvis Hakizimana, who scored 78 points in five games, claimed the men’s top-scorer’s award, while KCCA’s Clare Lumunu was women’s top-scorer with 111 points.
Most outstanding players were Florence Kalume of Berco Stars and City Oilers’ Ben Komatech in women’s and men’s categories respectively.
Most Valuable Players were USIU’s Sarah Chan (women) and Landry Ndikumana of Urunani (men).

01 September 2014

KENYA : USIU Flames claim historic Zone V title


By francis marangu
Sep 01, 2014
  • Hilda Indasi who did not feature in earlier games was a major boost scoring nine points, four rebounds and making four assists as USIU-A Flames beat KPA 63-28 in the Zone V final.
United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) ladies basketball club won its first-ever Zone V title beating Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) 63-28 in the final game played on Sunday in Mombasa.
The win ensured the title remains in Kenya after 2013 champions Eagle Wings failed to defend at this year’s tourney.
It was the second year running that the final was an all-Kenyan affair and USIU-A stole the show from tip off.
Returning Hilda Indasi who did not feature in earlier games was a boost for the team scoring 9 points, 4 rebounds and making 4 assists.
The students led 27-19 at the breather after winning the first and second quarters 13-12 and 14-7 respectively.
The third quarter was a one-sided affair as USIU-A scored 18 unreplied points before wrapping up the win in the fourth quarter 18-9.
Sarah Chan scored 19 points for USIU-A and grabbed 18 rebounds while Georgia Otieno added 10 points and 4 rebounds to her name.
KPAs highest scorer was Yvone Akinyi with 8 points and 5 rebounds. USIU-A scored 40 points from the 2-point shots in 55 attempts, nine points from the 3-point line after 12 attempts and made 14 free throws.
KPA had 40 attempts at the 2-point shots scoring 16 points, made 3 shots from the 3-point line and scored only 3 free throws from 8 attempts.
In the semifinal, USIU-A beat KCCA 74-48 while KPA sailed past Berco Stars of Burundi 61-48. KCCA finished third after seeing off Berco Stars 69-61 in their playoff game.
Lamunu Claire scored a game high 36 points for KCCA while Nezerzwa Ines scored 23 points for Berco Stars.
Urunani retain title
In the men category, KPA failed in the last hurdle losing 59-68 to defending champions Urunani from Burundi.
Urunani won the first quarter 14-6 but lost the second 17-15 to lead 29-23 at halftime. KPA was intent on making a comeback upon resumption winning the third quarter 15-12 but their fighting power withered in the fourth quarter as Urunani won 27-21.
Hakizimana Elvis top scored for Urunani with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists as Ariel Okal scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and one steal for KPA. Overall, KPA had 43 rebounds against Urunani’s 47.
The dockers scored 32 points from the 2-point shots after 54 attempts, 9 points from the 3-point line in 19 attempts and 18 free throws.
Urunani had 22 attempts at the 3-point line but scored thrice, 48 points came off the 2-point shots after 44 attempts and 11 free throws from 24 attempts. In the semifinal, KPA beat Uganda’s Tigerhead Power 81-66.
Another Ugandan side City Oilers was ranked third after beating Tigerhead 71-67 in the playoff. Jimmy Enabu scored 24 points for Oilers with Kami Kabage adding 21. Afrda Isaac top scored for Tigerhead with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

UGANDA : Ugandan teams collapse in seven dramatic hours at Zone V

Fiba Africa zone v championship
Urunani (Burundi) 54-45 City Oilers
Power (Uganda) 66-81 KPA (Kenya)
KCCA (Uganda) 48 - 74 USIU (Kenya)

MOMBASA
We all knew the best case scenario - three Ugandan teams in the finals of the FIBA Zone V Basketball Club Championship.
It never came as KCCA Leopards, Tiger Head Power and City Oilers collapsed inside seven dreadful hours between midday and 7pm during Saturday’s semifinals. By the time Burundi’s Urunani delivered punch, beating Oilers 54-45, Uganda’s contingent here only wanted to get home.
They had seen enough. As darkness fell on the shores of the green Indian Ocean, women’s side KCCA were in the final stages of their autopsy following a 74-48 pummeling by USIU (Kenya) that started at midday.
Power was doing their postmortem, beaten 66-81 by hosts Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) at their welfare center, Makupa Gymnasium.
It was a long day, a really long day.
History remained intact as only three Ugandan sides have played in finals at this level - Falcons (2000), Lady Bucks (2004) and Warriors (2009).
Adding to the titles of Falcons and Lady Bucks is now even more distant, at least for another 12 months.
“I feel so heartbroken because we failed to play,” is all Power coach Bernes Ankunda could manage to say. He was writhing in pain having seen a bizzare 24 turnovers, most of them off in-bounds. Joseph Ikong had 18 points and Philip Ameny 12.
The silence was so loud across the four teams, including UCU Lady Canons who were knocked out in the pool phase on Wednesday and eventually finished fifth.
Oilers know why they failed at their first attempt. “We started so poorly yet we discussed it before the game,” Hajji Mohammed Ghedi, the club head and stand-in coach, said.
Urunani led 22-6 at the end of the first period and largely negated the impact of Oilers’ big men especially league MVP Kami Kabange.
His eight points and four rebounds weren’t in the pre-game script. Ben Komakech top scored with 12 points going 4 for 8 but missed all five two-point attempts. That tells the entire story with guard Jimmy Enabu only footnote even as Oilers stayed competitive after a slow start. Urunani out rebounded Oilers 43-32.
Elvis Hakizamana lit up the gym with 27 points. For KCCA, breaking the semifinal barrier remains a distant and not even another third place will be satisfactory.
editorial@ug.nationmedia.com

31 August 2014

UGANDA : All-Ugandan final possible at Zone V

Mombasa.
Falcons (2000), Lady Bucks (2004) and Warriors (2009) remain the only three Ugandan sides to features in the Fiba Africa Zone V Basketball Club Championship.
Uganda’s contingent could yet double that tally today in Mombasa. In the best case scenario, an all-Uganda final is a possibility in the men’s draw.
However, neither of City Oilers, Tiger Head Power and KCCA Leopards start their semifinals as favourites.
National champions Oilers perhaps have the toughest match in Burundi’s Urunani for a semifinal spot. Not only are the latter reigning champions, they are also seeking a fourth successive appearance in the final. Power face hosts Kenya Ports Authority whereas women’s side KCCA, depleted by the absence of Peace Proscovia and Martha Soigi, have local side USIU to contend with.
A worst case scenario is when neither makes it to tomorrow’s final at KPA welfare center, Makupa Gym.
Buoyed by the arrival of center Muhayimina Namuwaya, normally a reserve, coach Timothy Odeke is quietly confident of making a maiden final. KCCA have finished third in three of the last four Zone V events.
“We will manage with the resources we have,” Odeke said. He has a tough dice to roll in limiting the damage of Sarah Achan, sister to Oilers’ Ramadan Arou. Thereafter, forward Claire Lamunnu, scorer of 24, 19 and 32 in the three pool games must get going on offence as guard Flavia Oketcho has struggled all week.
Oilers, though without coach Mandy Juruni, have a similar puzzle. Guards Ben Komakech and Jimmy Enabu are not figureheads now. The former had only five points and committed seven turnovers in the 65-69 loss to KPA which kept them second in Pool A.
But, in Kami Kabange, averaging 14 and seven rebounds, Andrew Opio, eight and eight, and the raw energy of Arou, they have weapons to hurt the sleek Burundians.
editorial@ug.nationmedia.com

29 August 2014

UGANDA : Trio cruise into Zone V semis


Mike Buzangu’s highlight dunk didn’t stop City Oilers from advancing. Courtesy photo 
By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo

Posted  Friday, August 29  2014 at  01:00
In Summary
Basketball. This is the fifth successive occasion that KCCA are reaching the last four but are yet to make the final in that period. Three third place finishes are scant consolation.


Mombasa.
This could yet turn out to the best Fiba Africa Zone V Basketball Club Championships for Ugandan sides as three of the four made it to today’s semifinals.
KCCA Leopards cruised into the final four, again, yesterday, just 10 hours after City Oilers and Tiger Head Power did so at the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) centre, Makupa gymnasium.
The two men’s sides maintained their 100% starts on Wednesday night easily beating feeble opposition. Norman Blick scored 21 as Power thrashed Somali side ILS 94-42.
Oilers then labored to a 59-43 result against Ethiopia Waters to effectively knock out the 2012 champions Espoir from Rwanda. Espoir lost to Oilers and hosts KPA in a tough pool A.
Victory over Ethiopia’s GHA was never in doubt for KCCA and the 84-51 margin only confirmed the gulf in class. It was a morning of healing for Claire Lamunnu.
The forward scored 32 points while shooting 15 of 23 to bury the demons of Wednesday. She squandered a chance to beat the hosts, missing a free throws with nine seconds on the clock.
Lamunnu tied the game at 47-up and could have won it only for her attempt to hit the rim and send the game into the tournament’s only overtime game thus far. KPA won 53-49.
Coach Timothy Odeke will be pleased with the arrival of Muhayimina Namuwaya to beef the team’s inside presence in the absence of Martha Soigi and Peace Proscovia.
“Muha will help with our rebounding a great deal because we have struggled there,” point guard Flavia Oketcho, herself struggling here, said.
This is the fifth successive occasion that KCCA are reaching the last four but are yet to make the final in that period. Three third place finishes are scant consolation.
Power and Oilers will want to take lessons from them and go one better than their female counterparts or even emulate Falcons and Lady Bucks.
The latter two are the only Ugandan sides to have this event back in 2000 and 2004 when it was hosted in Kampala. Winning here might just better that.
ZONE V CHAMPIONSHIPS
RESULTS
MEN: Power 94-42 ILS (Somalia)
City Oilers 59-43 Ethiopia Waters
WOMEN: KCCA 84-51 GHA (Ethiopia)

RWANDA : Espoir, APR suffer early exit in Zone V Basketball tourney

Zone V Basketball
Thursday, Men
Espoir (Rwa) 72-50 E. W.S (Eth)
Women
KPA (Ken) 60-38 APR (Rwa)
Wednesday, Men
Coop Bank (Ken) 54-62 Urunani (Bur)
KPA (Ken) 69-43 Espoir (Rwa)
City Oilers (Uga) 59-43 E. W.S (Eth)
Tiger Head Power (Uga) 92-42 I.L.S (Som)
Women
APR (Rwa) 64-51 Gha (Eth)
Bercostars (Bur) 68-49 UCU (Uga)
KPA (Ken) 53-49 KCCA (Uga)
Don Bosco (Tz) 49-73 USIU (Ken)
RWANDA’s two representatives at this year’s Fiba/Africa Zone V Club Championships Espoir and APR endured an early exit after failing to progress from their groups in Mombasa.
Former winners Espoir Basketball Club failed in their quest for a second regional title on Wednesday following a 43-69 loss to hosts Kenya Ports Authority (KPA). The home-side won all the four quarters 16-15, 19-14, 15-8, and 19-6 respectively.
Nyamirambo-based Espoir had also lost the opening match 64-58 to Uganda’s City Oilers on Monday, but picked a consolation 72-50 win over Ethiopia Water Sports on Thursday, which was not enough as the damage had already been done.
In women’s category, APR BC, who were seeking for the first Zone V title saw their hopes shuttered in the 43-69 defeat at the hands of KPA in the final group game yesterday. They had previously lost 61-34 to Uganda’s KCCA on Monday but won 64-51 over Government House of Ethiopia on Wednesday.
The two Rwandan teams are scheduled to play classification games today before the semi-finals tomorrow and finals on Sunday at KPA Welfare Gymnasium in Mombasa, Kenya.

28 August 2014

KENYA : False start for Co-Op Bank

  • Co-Operative Bank have lost their two opening matches in the Zone V championship at Makande Gymnasium, Mombasa.
Five-time champions, Co-operative Bank has a mountain to climb at the Zone V basketball club championships after losing its two opening games at the Makande Gymnasium, Mombasa.
They have two points from two games and must-win against Somalia’s ILS in their third match.
On Tuesday, the bankers were beaten 62-55 by Tigerhead Power from Uganda after trailing for most part of the game. The first quarter ended 22-18 in favour of the Ugandans and the second 19-14 for a 41-32 halftime lead to Tigerhead Power.
Co-op Bank bounced back to narrowly win the third quarter 14-10 but the Ugandans maintained a three points lead. Tigerhead Power carried the day with a 11-9 win in the fourth quarter.
Captain Brian Busu top scored for the Kenyans with 12 points while Paul Odong scored 15 for Tigerhead Power.
On Wednesday, Co-op Bank returned to the court against Burundi’s Urunani losing 54-62. Urunani led 31-26 at halftime after the bankers won first quarter 16-15 and the Burundians the second 16-10.
By the end of third quarter, Co-op Bank was trailing by ten points at 45-35 before losing out the battle in the fourth.
The other Kenyan representative Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) were due to play Rwanda’s Espoir on Wednesday night.
In the women category, KPA and United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) made it two wins in as many matches. In their first game, USIU-A beat UCU from Uganda 45-36 and Tanzania’s Don Bosco 72-49.
Against Don Bosco, USIU-A started strongly with a 18-10 win in the first quarter and 25-18 in the second for a 43-28 lead at the breather.
The Kenyans exerted more pressure upon resumption to win the third quarter 14-7 and the fourth 15-14.
KPA needed overtime to win 53-49 against KCCA of Uganda. The game had tied 47-all in regulation time and 24-all at the breather. KPA won the first quarter 19-12 and KCCA the second 12-5.
After sizing up each other in the second half for the stalemate, KPA stole the show in added time with a 6-2 score. KPA won first game 87-47 against Ethiopia's Government House Agency and will play last game against Rwanda's APR.
In their last game, USIU-A play Berco Stars from Burundi who beat UCU 68-49 on Wednesday.
Zone V Full Results and Fixtures
Day One: KCCA (Uganda) 61 APR (Rwanda) 36, KPA 87 Government House Agency (Ethiopia) 47, City Oilers (Uganda) 64 Espoir (Rwanda) 58, KPA 86 vs Etho Waters (Ethiopia) 43; Day Two: Berco Stars (Burundi) 64 Don Bosco (Tanzania) 35, USIU- A (Kenya) 45 UCU (Uganda) 36, Co-op Bank (Kenya) 55 Tigerhead Power (Uganda) 62, I.L.S (Somalia) 33 Urunani (Burundi) 97; Day Three: APR ( Rwanda) 64 GHA ( Ethiopia) 51, Co-op Bank (Kenya) 54 Urunani (Burundi) 62, Don Bosco (Tanzania) 49 USIU-A (Kenya) 73, KPA (Kenya) 53 KCCA (Uganda) 49 AET, Berco Stars (Burundi) 68 Vs UCU (Uganda) 49, Tigerhead Power (Uganda) Vs I.L.S (Somalia), KPA (Kenya) Vs Espoir (Rwanda), City Oilers (Uganda) Vs Etho Watersport (Ethiopia); Day 4 Fixtures- UCU (Uganda) Vs Don Bosco (Tanzania), KCCA (Uganda) Vs GHA (Ethiopia), APR (Rwanda) Vs KPA (Kenya), Ethowater Sport ( Ethiopia) Vs Espoir (Rwanda), City Oilers (Uganda) Vs KPA (Kenya), Urunani (Burundi) Vs Tigerhead Power (Uganda), Berco Stars (Burundi) Vs USIU-A (Kenya), Co-op Bank (Kenya) Vs I.L.S (Somalia).

RWANDA ; APR land first win in Zone V tourney

Wednesday
(Women)APR (Rwa) 64-51 GHA (Eth)Don Bosco (Tan) 49-72 USIU (Ken)
(Men)COOP Bank (Ken) 54-62 Urunani (Bur) 
Today
(Women)UCU (Uga) vs Don Bosco (TZ) - 9amKCCA (Uga) vs GHA (Eth) - 10amAPR (Rwa) vs KPA (Ken) - 12pmBerco Stars (Bur) vs UCU (Ug) - 8pm
(Men)Espoir (Rwa) vs EWS (Eth) - 2pmKPA (Ken) vs City Oilers (Uga) - 4pmUrunani (Bur) vs Tiger Head (Uga) - 6pmCoop. Bank (Ken) vs I.L.S (Som) - 10pm
APR women basketball club registered their first win at the ongoing Fiba/Africa Zone V Club Championships in Mombasa with a 64-51 victory over Government House of Ethiopia on Wednesday morning.
Charles Mbazumutima’s military side controlled the game from the start, winning the first three quarters: 18-16, 19-12 and 17-12 before the Ethiopians snatched the fourth quarter 12-11. Charlotte Umugwaneza scored a game high 17 points and her team mate Joselyne Munyaneza added 15 points for the Rwanda side.
The win for the Rwandan team, follows the 36-61 defeat in the opening game against Uganda’s KCCA on Monday. APR return to action today needing a win against home team KPA to advance to the last four.
In the men’s category, 2012 champions Espoir BC, who were due to face Kenyan side KPA last night, will be up against Ethiopia Water Sports (EWS) this afternoon at 2pm in their third game of the tournament, following their 58-64 loss to Uganda’s City Oilers on Monday.
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27 August 2014

KENYA : KPA victorious in Zone V opener

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), men's and women's basketball teams kicked off their Zone V Club Championship campaign with strong wins on day one of the week-long tournament at the Makande Gymnasium in Mombasa.
Both teams floored Ethiopian opponents. The ladies were first on the court and easily saw off Government House Agency 87-47. Yvonne Akinyi led the scores for KPA with 17 points as they seek to win their eighth regional title. The dockers first won the title in 2001 and followed it up with titles in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
KCCA from Uganda saw off Rwanda’s APR 61-36.
In the men's category, Tobias Onyango, Anthony Matongolo and Griffin Ligare led the charge with a combined 36 points as KPA beat Etho Waters 86-43. The team which is coached by Anthony Ojukwu have never won a regional title.
Uganda’s City Oilers beat Espoir of Rwanda 64-58 in the other game played on Monday.
Two more Kenyan teams will be in action on Tuesday. United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) women's side will face UCU from Uganda while Co-operative Bank will be in action for men against another Ugandan side Tigerhead Power.
Co-op Bank are five-time champions having won the regional title in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2009 and 2010. Other games on Tuesday will see Berco Stars from Burundi tackle Tanzania’s Don Bosco in the women's category while ILS from Somalia play Urunani from Burundi.
In Nairobi, the national classic league continued on Sunday. Eagle Wings beat Sprite Storms 53-44 after taking a 23-20 halftime lead. Evelyn Nora top scored for Eagle Wings with 17 points while Mercy Wanyama replied with 14 for Storms.
Co-Operative Bank overran Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) 67-20. Taudencia Peter score 16 points for Co-op Bank while Joyce Lynette scored 10 for the students.
In the men's premier, it was a bad outing for Thunder who lost their second straight match on Sunday. After the narrow 63-61 loss to Nairobi Aviation College on Saturday, Thunder went down 65-77 against Terror on Sunday after trailing 29-36 at halftime.
Frank Manyara scored 18 points for Terror with Cliff Alela top scoring for Thunder with 20 points. Strathmore University beat Mennonite 64-51 while Equity Bank squeezed past Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) with a 65-62 win.
KBF Weekend Results
Saturday: Thunder 61 Nairobi Aviation College 63, Blazers 48 KAA 77, Safe Spaces 32 Eagle Wings 102, Strathmore University 51 KCA-U 21, Umoja 64 Parklands Baptist 40, Little Prince 40 Dankind Academy 37, Barclays Bank 61 Eldonets 35; Sunday: Zetech College 88 MKU-Eldonets 43, Strathmore University 64 Mennonite 51, Umoja 20 Dankind Academy 0, Baraka Xtreme 62 Trailblazers 76, Parklands Baptist 26 Little Prince 61, KCA-U 20 Co-op Bank 67, Eagle Wings 53 Sprite Storms 44, Terror 77 Thunder 65, Equity Bank 65 KAA 62; Zone V Club Championship: Day One Results- KCCA ( Uganda) 61 APR ( Rwanda) 36, KPA 87 Government House Agency (Ethiopia) 47, City Oilers (Uganda) 64 Espoir (Rwanda) 58, KPA 86 vs Etho Waters (Ethiopia) 43; Day Two Fixtures- Berco Stars ( Bur) Vs Don Bosco ( Tz), USIU-A vs UCU ( Ug), Co-op Bank vs Tigerhead Power ( Ug), ILS ( Som) vs Urunani ( Bur).

UGANDA : Power triumph, UCU beaten

Three wins in four basketball games with three semifinal possibilities today, Uganda’s contingent at the Fiba Zone V Club Championship is ticking so many boxes.
With the exception of UCU Lady Canons’ 36-45 loss to Kenya’s USIU, the sheet is almost as white as it was when the draws were made at the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) centre, Makupa gym.
Like City Oilers on Monday against Rwanda’s Espoir, Tiger Head Power showed grit and composure to beat Co-op Bank (Kenya) 62-55 in pool B that also had the defending champions Urunani (Burundi).
Power’s transition game was largely negated. An unusual piece in forward Michael Kojo provided the thrust for a deserved victory.
Copying from Oilers’ Samuel Kalwanyi and Andrew Opio, Kojo came off the bench to score 10 points and 11 rebounds. Another reserve Paul Odong had 15. Norman Blick scored 11 points but was benched for the entire fourth quarter as coach Bernes Ankunda opted for Joseph Ikong even as he treaded a thin line on four fouls.
Ikong picked all four in the opening nine minutes. Power led 41-32 at the midway. A horror third period almost cost them the game. They failed to score for over five minutes. Then, Kojo took charge on both ends. “That was a big performance from him,” captain Ikong was quick to acknowledge. He just had to do it as Isaac Afidra’s local struggle continued here.

RWANDA : Espoir, APR look to recover from Monday defeats

Women
APR (Rwa) vs GHA (Eth) 9am
Don Bosco (Tan)  vs USIU (Ken) 12pm
KPA (Ken) vs  KCCA (Uga) 2pm
Berco Stars (Bur)  vs UCU (Uga) 4pm
Men
Coop. Bank (Ken) vs Urunani (Bur) 10am
Tiger Head (Uga) vs I.L.S (Som) 6pm
KPA (Ken)                 vs  Espoir (Rwa) 8pm
City Oilers (Uga) vs E.W.S (Eth)
RWANDA’s two representatives at this year’s Fiba/Africa Zone five club championships will be back in action today as they attempt to put behind them a disappointing start to the tournament in Mombasa.
Former Zone V champions Espoir BC suffered a 64-58 defeat to Ugandan champions of City Oilers, while APR women lost 36-61 to KCCA of Uganda in their opening matches.
Espoir, who are seeking to win a second regional title after their 2012 triumph in Kampala, will be up against home side KPA at 8pm, while APR face Government House of Ethiopia, from at 9am.
During last year’s edition in Bujumbura, APR women were eliminated in the group stages, while the then defending champions Espoir lost 56-66 to the 2012 first runners-up Urunani of Burundi in the final.
Espoir head coach Jean Bahufite told Times Sport from Kenya on Tuesday that Monday’s narrow loss was a wake-up call, which will only make his team stronger in the next games.
 “Every team is strong in this tournament, so we need to be cautious and more focused in the next games. I can guarantee our fans that we will do our best in the game against KPA on Wednesday,” he noted.
Meanwhile, men’s defending champions Urunani and Burundi’s reining women’s league champions Berco Stars, will appear in the tournament after managing to raise funds to make the trip at the last hour—but the country’s would-be second men’s team, Newstars is certainly out.

25 August 2014

KENYA : Hungry Lions Target Strath Varsity Lads


LIONS take on Strathmore University in a top premier league basketball clash at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium tomorrow.
The former national champions have lately posted impressive results and should continue against the students who should also give a good account of themselves. Lions beat University of Nairobi "Terrorists" 65-57.
Thunder meet Eugene Genga's" UoN and then play Nairobi Aviation College (NAC). Griffin Ligare who led them to a close 56-52 victory over Blades will be the key.
Equity Bank posted a strong80-46 win over Blazers and can extend their winning streak when they take on Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) who then tackle Blazers who have yet to post a win.
Nakuru Club who suffered a 69-43 loss at the hands of Strathmore University host Nairobi Aviation College at the Menengai High School courts and will bank on James Okerio's exploits.
In women's matches, former champions Eagle Wings will be on focus. Their two wins against Co-op and have two matches against Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA).
Sprite Storms who fell 43-33 to rivals Sprite Storms play Safe Spaces and play KCA.
Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) University meet Strathmore University. And in Kakamega, Western Delight host Mennonites.
Mount Kenya University (MKU) Kakamega will welcome World Hope who will then travel down hill to Kisumu to meet Lakeside.
Table toppers Danking Academy have two tough matches against Umoja and Little Prince. Zetech College confront MKU Eldonets. Baraka Xtrem play Trailblazers and also MKU Eldonets.

RWANDA : Ruhezamihigo Confirms to Take Apart Zone V Hoops Meet

Rwanda men's basketball national team captain Hamza Ruhezamihigo has confirmed his availability for preliminaries of Zone 5 Afro-basket 2015 & All African Games.
The tournament is scheduled to take place Kampala from September 21-28 and according to the Rwanda Basketball Federation officials, Canada-based Ruhezamihigo will be in the team, which will compete in the tourney.
The team is supposed to start residential training camp on September 1. Ruhezamihigo was first selected to the national team in 2007 and has participated with Rwanda in last 4 Fiba Afro-basket championships since then-in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.
In addition to Ruhezamihigo, five other pros have been summoned to the team, they include; Kenneth Gasana (Morocco), Bradley Cameroon, Patrice Twagirayezu, Dan Manzi, Adonis Rwabigwi (US) and Thierry Suku Suku (France).
The regional showpiece will also attract defending champions Egypt, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, and hosts Uganda.
Both finalists will earn a ticket to the African basketball championships to be staged next year in Tunisia, while the winner will also represent the region in next year's All Africa Games due in the Republic of Congo.

KENYA . Rain again interrupts game at Nyayo indoor Gymnasium

  • Lions at a past game at the Nyayo Indoor Gymnasium.(Photo:SNA File)
The ghosts of leaking roof returned to haunt Kenya Basketball Federation league after the men premier game between Strathmore University and Lions was stopped after only one quarter on Saturday.
Heavy rains pounding Nairobi became unbearable as the playing surface was flooded with rain water just as Strathmore led 21-17.
The game was stopped at the onset of second quarter and will now be rescheduled to a later date.
Ironically, Strathmore were the victims last season when their game against KPA was stopped for similar reasons.
It was a game that Lions wanted to win by all means after having a good winning streak.
The former champions have bolstered their squad with several players from different league clubs as they position as serious title contender.
Simon Mayien and Harrison Omondi have joined from United States International University- Africa (USIU-A), Barrack Odhiambo from Kisii University and Congolese duo of Kishibagaya Jonathan from Dankind Academy and Arnold Zozo of Catholic University have all been instrumental in Lions’ rejuvenation.
This week, the club brought on board German David Burkowski to assist head coach Juma Ikapian and will be with the club for six weeks.
German coach for Lions 
“I was expecting much from this game because the training was intensive,” Burkowski observed after the postponement of the Saturday game.
“I hope to help them perfect on a few things both as a team and individually. For the few days I have been around, I have seen they have the potential.”
Nairobi Aviation College beat Thunder by a basket scoring 63-61 with Ben Oluoch notching 18 points. Thunder’s highest scorer was Cliff Alela with 15 points.
Thunder led 33-31 at the breather with 16-14 win in the first quarter and a 17-all tie in the second. A dominant display in the third quarter had Aviation win 19-9 to assume an eight points lead but lost the fourth 19-13.
Blazers cemented its position in the relegation zone after losing 48-77 to Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). Only six players turned up for Blazers.
In as many games, Safe Spaces could not raise quorum as only five players featured in their 102-32 humiliation by Eagle Wings. So weak was Safe Spaces that they only scored a double digit in only one quarter.
Wings carried the day 24-6, 32-8, 23-7 and 23-11. Salma Akinyi top scored for Wings with 22 points as Annerose Atieno added 18. Immaculate Agusta scored 13 points for Safe Spaces.
Strathmore University reaped maximum points after beating Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) in quarters of 19-7, 10-5, 6-2 and 16-7.
Mollete Achieng scored 14 points for Strathmore while KCA-Us highest scorer was Rebecca Nkatha with 7. In division one, Barclays Bank beat Eldonetts 61-35, Umoja scored 64-40 past Parklands Baptist while Little Prince won 40-37 against Dankind Academy.
Collated Results: Thunder 61 Nairobi Aviation College 63, Blazers 48 KAA 77, Safe Spaces 32 Eagle Wings 102, Strathmore University 51 KCA-U 21, Umoja 64 Parklands Baptist 40, Little Prince 40 Dankind Academy 37, Barclays Bank 61 Eldonetts 35.

ZONE 5 : Title-holders Urunani withdraw from Zone 5 Hoops tournament


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Urunani players going throuh shooting practice before last year's final against Espoir in Bujumbura. File photo
Defending champions Urunani of Burundi have pulled out of this year’s Fiba/Africa Zone V Club Championships, which starts today and will run until August 31 in Mombasa, Kenya.
The decision to withdraw from the regional tournament, arose from the team’s failure to raise funds for their trip to Mombasa. Two other Burundian teams—Newstars (men) and Berco Stars (women) have also pulled out due to the same reason.
According to reports in the Burundian media, the Burundian Ministry of Sports had promised to offer US$750 to each of the three clubs, yet each team needed at least US$900 to make the trip. Therefore, after failing to raise the money, they decided to pull out.
Urunani’s withdrawal, gives a big chance to two-time Rwandan champions Espoir because Burundian clubs have been their major threat in the competition in the last few years.
Last year, in Bujumbura, Urunani beat Espoir in the final 65-56, while Eagle Wings from Kenya retained the title after overcoming their Nairobi archrivals USIU 67-62 in the final game.
Espoir won Zone V title in 2012 after beating Urunani 90-39 in the final when the tournament was held in Kampala, Uganda. Apart from Espoir, Rwanda will also be represented by APR in the women category.
The withdrawal of the three Burundian teams brings down the number of teams participating in this year’s edition to 15—eight for men and seven for women.
The men’s teams include; Etho Water (Ethiopia), Coop Bank and KPA (Kenya), Espoir (Rwanda), I.L.S (Somalia) City Oliers, Tiger Head Power (Uganda) and JFK (Tanzania).
The women category has; Government House (Ethiopia), KPA and USIU (Kenya) APR (Rwanda), KCCA and UCU (Uganda) and Don Bosco (Tanzania).

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