20 April 2006

KENYA: Kamusinga, Mang’u in basketball semis

By Phionah Mwadilo

Friends School Kamusinga of Western Province and Central’s Mang’u Boys on Wednesday booked their basketball semi-final slots in the ongoing Kenya Secondary Schools term one ball games in Mombasa.

Kamusinga ran over a disjointed Shimba Hills side 74 - 40 with Anthony Gitonga managing 27 points for the winners, while the coast side’s Mike Shigali scored14 points at Shimo-la-Tewa High School grounds.

Shimba Hills suffered a setback when one of their key players was disqualified over registration issues. Philip Ameny, one of the team’s best players, was barred from taking any further part in the games following a complaint lodged by Nyanza’s Kisumu Day regarding the player’s credentials.

Ameny had allegedly forged his registration card for the games. It was alleged that Ameny, a former Maseno School student, had not cleared with the Nyanza side before joining Shimba Hills.

Kenya Secondary School Sports Association Secretary General, David Ngugi, said Ameny had to be suspended because his registration card had been forged.

"Shimba Hills beat Kisumu Day 107-57 in their opening match, but they will now forfeit those points and Ameny remains suspended," he said.

Mang’u Boys on their side had a fun morning after they defeated KIsumu Day of Nyanza 68-51 in an entertaining encounter.

On Thursday, champions Maseno School play Aquinas High at the Shimo la Tewa grounds while Maseno, who are struggling to retain their position, will have to do more to contain Aquinas who have not lost a match.

In another pool A match, Laiser Hill will tackle St Charles Lwanga.

In the girls’ category, Nyanza’s Menengai Girls and Nyanza’s Raliew Girls are leading in Pool B, while national champions Mombasa High lead pool ‘A’.

Rift Valley’s Menengai Girls beat Nyanza’s Raliew Girls 52-39 in a tough and entertaining encounter played at Shimo La Tewa School grounds on Wednesday.

Menengai’s Sharon Opondo hit 22 points, while Raliew’s Damaris Katunge nailed 11 points to top the scores chart.

Peninah Wiri tried in vain to salvage Raliew and ended the game with 13 points.

In another girls’ encounter, Matuga Girls were stretched to the limits by Trikha Girls of Central Province in a low scoring tie that ended with the Coast team winning 28-23.

Saida Swaleh, who had a better game in the first half scored 11 points to emerge top scorer for her side. Trikha’s Annrose Atieno was the match top scorer with 13 points to her credit.

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