21 December 2014

KENYA : KPA, Ulinzi all-Square in playoffs final


Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Ulinzi Warriors are tied at one game each as the Kenya Basketball Federation men premier league playoffs final began on Wednesday at the Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani.
KPA won game one 68-67 after staging a swift comeback in the second half. Ulinzi had taken full command of the game for the entire of first half winning 21-15 in first quarter and 19-16 in the second.
Costly turnovers and fouls in third quarter gifted KPA possession and they seized the opportunity to stage a coup.
A 23-12 win in the quarter gave KPA full control of the game and managed to hold off the soldiers’ challenge in the fourth.
They lost 14-15 with Martin Gitonga top scoring for KPA with 19 points. Ancette Wafula scored 18 points for Ulinzi and William Ochieng added 13.
Wafula, Bernard Mufutu and Antonia Bwire had a good outing for the soldiers while Samuel Ocholla, Tobias Onyango and Alex Lugasi starred for KPA.
In game two, Ulinzi started off in similar fashion dominating first half and extended the good show in second half to win 70-57.
Ancette Wafula was the player of the moment again calling the early shots for Ulinzi with on-point three and jump shots. Ulinzi won first quarter 16-12 and second 15-11.
The soldiers won third quarter 18-10 to stretch their lead to 16 points and not even KPAs 24-21 win in the fourth could deny them the vital win. Wafula scored 23 points for Ulinzi with Ariel Okal top scoring for KPA with 12 points.
Odendo back for Ulinzi 
Ulinzi will be strengthened in game three with the return of Victor Odendo who sat out the first two games suspended.
The winner could be known as early as Saturday but the competitive nature of the opening games could push the series to Sunday.
In division one, Zetech University is just a win away from being declared champions.
They lead their series 2-0 against Umoja and will be crowned on Friday if they remain consistent and win game three.
For Umoja, they have a mountain to climb and must win the remaining three games to become champions.
Zetech won game one 71-62 in a comeback victory after trailing 28-37 at the breather. Umoja won the first two quarters 15-9 and 22-19 but Zetech gave back in kind with a dominant 21-9 win in the third quarter and 22-16 in the fourth.
Raymond Momanyi and Joshua Kisali scored a combined 29 points for Zetech while Marvin Freeman was Umoja’s top scorer with 15 points.
Game two was an equally tall order for Umoja who lost 72-86 after trailing 41-45 at halftime. Jeremy Opiyo scored 18 points for Zetech and Rodgers Ombati had 22 for Umoja.
Winners of the series will pocket Ksh.400, 000 and runner-up Ksh. 200, 000 as part of the sponsorship package from Top Fry. Most valuable player in men premier league will pocket Ksh. 50, 000 and Ksh. 25, 000 for division one’s MVP.

19 December 2014

African Champions Cup - Club Africain Qualify for Semi-Final After Win Over Holders Primeiro De Agosto

Tunis — Tunisia's Club Africain qualified for the semi-final of the 29th African Basketball Champions' Cup after defeating title holders Angola's Primeiro De Agosto 79-69 at a quarter-final game played on Thursday evening in Goulette, Tunis.
Earlier, Tunisia's ES Rades had defeated Mayotte's BC Mtsapéré 106-76. They will face at the semi-final Egypt's Sporting who had eliminated Tunisia's US Monastir 74-57.

Egypt/Tunisia: African Champions' Cup - U.S. Monastir Defeated By Egypt's Sporting 57-74

Tunisia's US Monastir were defeated by Egypt's Sporting 57-74 at a 29th African Basketball Champions' Cup quarter-final game played on Thursday in Goulette, Tunis.
Tunisia's ES Rades had earlier qualified for the semi-final after defeating BC Mtsapéré (Mayotte) 106-76 and will face Sporting at the semi-final.

18 December 2014

KENYA : KBF Urged to Change the 2015 Premier League Format


Stakeholders including former officials, coaches and players want the league decided into two conferences to cut down on the number of weeks.
They feel that would reduce the number of matches and make the league end earlier in December.
Agina Wesonga, former KBF chairman and now Fiba Africa commissioner, Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) chairman Ronny Owino and Sprite Storms coach Ben Oluoch want the number of matches reduced to have the league end in time and give the necessary break to the players. "Conferences is the only way the number of matches in this league can be reduced.
Unless we do that, our league will continue to run until late December," noted Agina.
Owino said the ball is in KBF's court adding, "The most realistic way to run this league with the many teams is to divide them into two groups of say eight or 10 then have them play about 16 to 20 matches before grouping them for the play-offs," observed Owino.
The reaction follows fixtures secretary Joseph Amoko's decision to push the women's finals to next month.
Oluoch said: "We shot ourselves in the foot earlier this year after teams failed to endorse the conference format. Now let us bite the bullet and look at ways to have things changed before the start of new season."
The women's semi-finals pitting favourites United States International University (USIU) and Co-operative Bank of Kenya have been scheduled for next year.
The other semis pitting Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Storms is on this weekend after which they will take a break.
Both KPA and USIU were away in Tunisia for the Fiba Africa club show, where none of the Kenyan giants won a single game.
The teams finished the nine-team event in the eight and ninth position. KPA over the weekend romped to a 68-41 win over Ulinzi 'Blades' to win the series 2-0.

NIGERIA : Swingman Basketball Cap Begins Thursday

THE fifth edition of the Swingman Basketball Camp begins Thursday at the Ilupeju Basketball ground. It will end on Saturday.
According to the initiator of the event, Taye Adeniyi, the camp was put together to teach and enhance the shooting skills of the participants. She noted that over 50 kids would be involved in this year's event due to paucity of funds.
She stated that the event has been a huge success in the past with over 120 kids in attendance each year and assured that the camp would bounce back fully next year, as logistics would be put in place to ensure that more kids are involved.
"We would have postponed the event due to paucity of funds, but we decided to go ahead with the little funds we have so that we don't deprive participants the Knowledge they would get from taking part. I am sure that by next year, the camp would bounce back in a strong way and we will hold two camps as we usually do," She added.
Adeniyi, who is an assistant coach at First Bank Basketball Club, said that shooting is the basic skill in basketball without which a player cannot become a top star. "The game is all about shooting and the possibility of becoming a star is high if a player is a good shooter."
National team player, Ndidi Madu, who inspired First Bank Basketball Club to fourth place finish at the just concluded FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women in Sfax Tunisia, would be on hand to pass her experience to the kids. Other coaches that would be at the event are Adeka Daudu, Chukwu Usofor, Mensah Dosu and Rasak Okedeyi.
Adeniyi also commended all those that have supported the event and called on sponsors to support the camp as from next year.

UGANDA : Odeke hails KCCA resilience after clinching fourth crown

Akullo (R), the 2007 MVP, sunk Leopards’ winning basket. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA
Akullo (R), the 2007 MVP, sunk Leopards’ winning basket. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA 
By Elvis Senono


National basketball league women’s finals
Game 7: KCCA 62-60 UCU Lady Canons
(KCCA win series 4-3)

And so it ended like it began. KCCA Leopards beat UCU Lady Canons 62-60 in Game Seven of the National Basketball League final series to clinch their fourth title on Tuesday night at YMCA.
62-60 was the same score in Game One of the series, which Leopards won before falling 3-1 in the series as Lady Canons threatened to easily run away with a second straight title. But Leopards, champions in 2007, 2009 and 2012, made a remarkable recovery to win three straight games of the series.
“You could say we deserved to win for the courage we showed in coming from 3-1 down,” KCCA coach Timothy Odeke, who has now won three titles with the team said after the decisive game. “After going 3-1 down, some of my players stopped believing but I told them to take it one game at time,” he explained.
UCU bossed the first half of the Tuesday encounter, winning the opening two quarters 19-14 and 20-13. There were huge doubts KCCA could close the 12-point gap at half time. “Their big men bullied us at the start of the game but they were using a lot of energy and in the process tired out,” Odeke explained about his team’s slow start.
Gladly for Odeke, three players, particularly Rebecca Akullo stepped up. The guard scored 21 points on the night including the final shot that sealed the title. KCCA are now level with UCU on four titles but three behind record champions Lady Bucks. “She (Akullo) took charge of the offence while Muhayimina Namuwaya and Jackie Basemera limited them defensively,” Odeke said, picking out the trio for praise.
Claire Lamunu, who averaged a series high 21 points again topped the charts with 24 and picked 12 rebounds complimented by five assists. “I would not be surprised if one of Lamunu or Akullo is chosen as MVP,” Odeke predicted. For UCU, Maureen Amoding scored a team high 18 points with Purity Odhiambo adding 14 while Judith Naansobya was restricted to 11 points.“
We just seemed to run out of steam. This was probably not our time to win,” UCU coach Boniface Okello said in reference to the measly five points that his team managed in the fourth quarter.
ROLL OF HONOUR
2014 - KCCA Leopards
2013 – UCU Lady Canons
2012 – KCCA Leopards
2011 - UCU Lady Canons
2010 – UCU Lady Canons
2009 – KCCA Leopards
2008 – UCU Lady Canons
2007 – KCCA Leopards
2006 – Lady Bucks
2005 – A1 Challenge
2004 – Lady Bucks
2003 – Makerere Sparks
2002 – Lady Bucks
2001 – Lady Bucks
2000 – Lady Bucks
1999 – Lady Bucks
1998 – Lady Bucks

16 December 2014

KENYA : Ulinzi Warriors through to playoffs final

  • Ulinzi Warriors Byron Mabonga shields the ball against Victor Bosire of USIU.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
Ulinzi Warriors will play Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in the men’s premier league playoffs final after eliminating United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) with a 3-2 series win on Monday.
Both teams had tied 2-2 on Sunday and the soldiers won game five 68-56. Leading for 34 minutes and 51 seconds, Ulinzi took a 39-27 lead to the halftime break after winning first quarter 18-16 and the second 21-11.
Third quarter was a close call with the soldiers winning 15-13 but USIU-A carried home the fourth 16-14.
The students suffered a major setback in the fourth quarter when one of their key players Alvin Nyangweso was fouled out on five fouls.
Captain William Ochieng was at his best scoring 24 points for Ulinzi, grabbed 13 rebounds and two steals.
Kevin Kigotho top scored for USIU-A with 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Ulinzi fielded nine players only and will have eight available when they face KPA in game one on Wednesday.
Victor Odendo will miss after being ejected against USIU-A for an unsportsmanship foul.
Also, KPA will have the advantage of having rested for four days but Ulinzi head coach William Balozi is less concerned.
Play like soldiers
“These games are just like training for us. I don't think our opponents will have any advantage and as always we will play like soldiers.”
For the second game running, Ancete Wafula was taken off with a bleeding nose but he will be fit for game one. Ulinzi led USIU-A for 16 times which calculated well to their dominance while the lead changed hands for seven times.
From the paint, the soldiers had 36 points against USIUs 26 while 9 of their points came from turnovers compared to USIUs 10.
In division one, Umoja made it to the final while the second finalist will be known on Tuesday in game five pitting Dankind Academy and Zetech University. Umoja completed a 3-1 series win over Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) winning game four 72-61.
KCA-U scored 22 points from the free-throw line and made one 3-point shot while Umoja had 10 free-throws and nine 3-point shots made.
Douglas Momanyi had a game high 23 points for Umoja while Lawrence Wandera top scored for KCA-U with 16 points.
Dankind won game four 54-52 to force their series against Zetech to game five. It was a very close contest as Dankind led 35-34 at the breather, won third quarter 13-12 and the fourth tied at 6-all. 18 of the points for Dankind came off free-throws and six from the 3-point line while Zetech had 14 free-throws. Jospin Kalule scored highest for Dankind with 15 points while Jeremy Opiyo top scored for Zetech with 12 points and Joshua Kisali added 11.
Results: Dankind Academy 54 Zetech University 52, KCA-U 61 Umoja 72, Ulinzi Warriors 68 USIU-A 56; Tuesday Fixture- Dankind Academy vs Zetech University.

UGANDA : D-day for Lady Canons, KCCA after Leopards force Game Seven

After going 3-1 down and without Martha Soigi and Peace Proscovia, few gave KCCA Leopards a chance against UCU Lady Canons after four games in the women’s final of the national basketball league.
Sunday’s 78-74 victory, however, not only left them level with the Canons at 3-3 in the series but also indicated a shift in momentum going into today’s decisive Game Seven.
“We are now moving the ball better but the difference has been the performance of our front court players,” forward Claire Lamunu explained after Sunday’s victory, the second in succession after going 3-1 down. “We are rebounding better than we did before.”
KCCA have out rebounded their opponents in their last three games, 43-33, 42-33 and 51-25.
On Sunday, Lamunu picked nine rebounds coupled with a game high 23 points with Becky Akullo adding 22 as they won their second straight game.
“We know UCU will come out hard for the final game but the momentum seems to be with us at the moment,” Lamunu who is averaging just over 20 points in the series, said.
Like Lamunu, UCU coach Boniface Okello has no doubt where the game will be won. “We just need to improve on our inside game,” he said.
UCU trailed 44-27 at the end of the first half before winning the third 27-22 and fourth 20-12.
Maureen Amoding and Vilma Achieng picked 17 points each while Judith Nansobya added 13 points and a game high 10 assists for UCU.
NBL PLAYOFF FINALS: TODAY AT YMCA
GAME SEVEN (6.00pm)
W: KCCA Vs UCU Lady Canons
(Series tied 3-3)
SUNDAY RESULT
KCCA 78-74 UCU Lady Canons

15 December 2014

KENYA : End of an era for Co-op Bank Spartans


  • USIU Wanambiro Yoni dribbles the ball away during the playoff match against Ulinzi Warriors.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • Coop Bank Allan Ouma looks dejected during their match against KPA at the Nyayo Gymnasium.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • USIU Wanambiro Yoni dribbles the ball away during the playoff match against Ulinzi Warriors.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • Coop Bank Allan Ouma looks dejected during their match against KPA at the Nyayo Gymnasium.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
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This year’s Jamhuri weekend is one that Co-operative Bank men basketball team will want to forget easily. As Kenyans were celebrating 51 years of independence, they were dethroned by Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in the Kenya Basketball Federation semifinal playoffs.
They lost the league title that they have held for the past four seasons unchallenged. It was a painful end to their dominance at the hands of the team they beat in last year’s final on a 3-0 series win.
This year, KPA avenged by knocking down the champions with a similar series score and will now have to deal with the “former champions” tag.
The dockers had won first two games 59-55 and 66-62 in Mombasa last weekend and had to win the third one to progress to the final. They did exactly that with style beating the bankers 74-45 in Nairobi in a clear show of might.
Samuel Ocholla with 16 points and Tobias Onyango with 14 led the rout as KPA enjoyed a 37-27 halftime lead.
Allan Ouma top scored for Co-op Bank with 17 points and they never won a single quarter. KPA claimed first quarter 19-9 and the second ended in a 18-all stalemate. KPA won the third and fourth quarters 15-13 and 22-15.
They will wait until late Monday to know their opponents in the final that begins on Wednesday at the Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani.
Ulinzi, USIU level series
Ulinzi Warriors and United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) are tied on two games each with the decider set for Monday.
Going to Sunday action, Ulinzi led the series 2-1 but USIUs 71-51 win in game four leveled matters.
USIU won game two 78-60 on Friday to tie the series at 1-1 but Ulinzi surged ahead on Saturday winning game three 78-65.
The students left nothing to chance as they dominated the soldiers from the first to last whistle on Sunday winning first three quarters 22-11, 12-11 and 20-12 while the fourth tied at 17-all.
They literally controlled proceedings maintaining the lead for 37 minutes and 44 seconds while Ulinzi only led for one minute and 8 seconds in the entire game.
USIU had the lead for 22 times while Ulinzi enjoyed the lead in three instances only. Both teams were tied for just one time while the lead changed hands thrice.
From turnovers, USIU scored 18 points against Ulinzi’s 14 while 36 points for USIU came from the paint against Ulinzi’s 20.
The soldiers had the bench power scoring 16 points from the bench against USIUs 11 while fast breaks contributed 13 points for USIU and 3 for Ulinzi. Individually, Alvin Nyangweso was the best shooter for USIU scoring 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Kevin Kigotho had 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and three assists.
For Ulinzi, Ancette Wafula who sat out the last quarter injured scored 11 points while Victor Odendo scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, one steal and three assists.
KPA, Flames in women’s semis
KPA and USIU-A were the last to make it to the women premier league semifinals on Saturday after winning games two.
KPA beat Ulinzi Blades 70-39 in Mombasa helped by 21 points from Yvone Akinyi and 19 from Helen Oketch. Ulinzi’s highest scorer was Bridgit Nanzala with 16 points.
USIU-A whipped Safe Spaces 83-43 as Cynthia Irankunda scored 12 points for the students and Florence Mbithe 14 for Safe Spaces.
KPA will play Sprite Storms in the semifinals while USIU-A pairs up Co-op Bank. The semifinals and finals have been shelved to early next year since USIU-A will be heading to Uganda for the universities games.
Division one teams will also be in action on Monday in game four. Umoja and Zetech University lead their series 2-1 over Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) and Dankind Academy respectively.
Umoja beat KCA-U 52-45 in game one but the students leveled series on Saturday with a 64-61 win.
Umoja regained the lead on Sunday winning game three 53-52. Zetech had taken command of the series with 89-76 and 57-50 wins over Dankind in games one and two.
However, Dankind complicated the arithmetic on Sunday with a 61-56 win in game three.
KBF weekend results: Friday- KPA 74 Co-op Bank 45, USIU-A 78 Ulinzi Warriors 60; Saturday- KPA 70 Ulinzi Blades 39, Safe Spaces 43 USIU-A 83, KCA-U 64 Umoja 61, Zetech University 57 Dankind Academy 50, Ulinzi Warriors 78 USIU-A 65; Sunday- Umoja 53 KCA-U 52, Zetech University 56 Dankind Academy 61, USIU-A 71 Ulinzi Warriors 51; Monday Fixtures: Dankind Academy vs Zetech College (2pm, Nyayo gymnasium), KCA-U vs Umoja (4pm), Ulinzi Warriors vs USIU-A (6pm).

14 December 2014

UGANDA : Leopards push Lady Canons to Game Six

Lamunu tries to find her bearing on the best during
Lamunu tries to find her bearing on the best during Game 5 against UCU Lady Canons at YMCA on Friday night. Lamunu and KCCA Leopards will attempt to level the series today. Photo by Ismail Kezaala 
By Elvis Senono


KAMPALA- Trailing the final series 3-1 prior to Friday’s Game Five against UCU Lady Canons at YMCA on Friday, KCCA Leopards coach Timothy Odeke knew there was only one option to stop their opponents from sealing this year’s title.
“We just have to find a way of stopping their centres,” Odeke said after Wednesday’s 83-74 National Basketball League finals Game Four loss. On Friday, in front of a sparse crowd at YMCA court, they did a great job on the inside en route to a 65-52 victory to force Game Six today in the best-of-seven final series at the same venue.
“Namuwaya Muhayimina tormented their offense and that gave us a chance,” Odeke said.
Namuwaya made 11 points but crucially picked 15 rebounds as KCCA restricted the Lady Canons’ ‘big men’ of Purity Odhiambo and Vilma Achieng to 13 and eight points respectively while picking a combined 17 rebounds. Achieng and Odhiambo had previously averaged 17.5 and 13.5 points respectively in their last two games. UCU led the opening two quarters 19-15 and 30-23.
KCCA, led by Claire Lamunu’s joint game high 17 points responded by winning the third 23-11 courtesy of an 8-0 run to go into the final session on top 46-41.
Flavia Okecho scored six of her 15 points in that 8-0 run as KCCA led for the first time and didn’t look back.
With all Lady Canons’ ‘big men’ in foul trouble, KCCA bossed the final quarter, clinching it 19-11.
Judith Nansobya led the UCU charge with 17 points while Maureen Amoding, who needed medical attention at the end of the game after a collision with KCCA’s Monica Siima, finished with 10 points. “Our guards were not in control from the start but we will return stronger in the next game,” Boniface Okello, the UCU coach, said.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Today at YMCA (Game 6 of 7)
KCCA Leopards vs. UCU Lady Canons (6:30pm)
(UCU lead series 3-2)
FRIDAY RESULTS
KCCA Leopards 65-52 UCU Lady Canons
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13 December 2014

ZIMBABWE : Zim B'ball Dreams Dashed

IT was double tragedy for Zimbabwe men and women's basketball teams as they were booted out in the semi-finals of the ongoing African Union Sports Council Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games basketball matches at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair yesterday.
Both the women and men's final feature Angola and Mozambique.
The Zimbabwean ladies team were beaten convincingly 43-83 by Mozambique.
Their male counterparts met the same fate when they were dismissed 57-70 by Mozambique.
The local men and women's teams meet South Africa for the third and fourth place play-off this morning.
Zimbabwe's women coach Carlos Niquice said his team put up a good fight and blamed fatigue for the loss.
"They played a good game and gave it their best but we were affected by the fact that the players did not get enough time to rest.
"I am happy about their performance and I am looking forward to the third and fourth place game.
"We will try to get the players psyched up so that we can, at least, get a bronze," he said.
On their path to the semi-final the Zimbabwe women team beat Botswana 72-28.
The men's team thrashed Malawi 108-46 on Saturday.
On Monday, the Zimbabwean ladies team outgunned Lesotho 137-18 before they narrowly lost to Angola 46-50.
The men's team beat South Africa 62-51 before making light work of Swaziland 116-31.

UGANDA : Jimmy wins Enabu family fifth straight basketball title


Tiger Head Power’s Norman Blick looks on as Jimmy Enabu goes for the basket during Game Four of the national basketball league finals at YMCA Wandegeya. PHOTO by ISMAIL KEZAALA 
By Elvis Senono


KAMPALA.
No family in the country is as synonymous with the game of basketball as that of the Enabu household.
Wednesday’s 4-0 series sweep by City Oilers over Tiger Head Power marked the fifth consecutive year that the Enabu household is celebrating a national basketball championship.
“Wow, I had no idea about that,” an excited Jimmy Enabu said after Wednesday’s game in which he and Kami Kabange scored a game high 24 points as City Oilers won game four 87-75.
“I think our mother Angela takes the credit for all our success because she has always been supportive,” he said.
This year’s triumph was the second in succession for Enabu and City Oilers but his third overall after winning his first title with Power back in 2011.
That final in 2011 featured three members of the Enabu family with Jimmy teaming up with Emmanuel to defeat Ivan on the opposing end with Warriors.
Ivan meanwhile claimed his only title in 2012 while Emmanuel started the sequence while at Power in 2010.
Mark Enabu and their sister Evelyn though are credited with the family’s first title having led Power and UCU Lady Canons to their respective titles in 2008 .
Years a member of the Enabu family has won title
2014 Jimmy - Oilers
2013 Jimmy - Oilers
2012 Ivan - Warriors
2011 Jimmy and Emmanuel - Power
2010 Emmanuel - Power
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