26 October 2007

TANZANIA : Dar basketball team in final

Daily News; Friday,October 26, 2007 @09:08
DAR ES SALAAM men's basketball team take on Mwanza in the Barrick Gold Basketball Cup final at the National Indoor Stadium today hoping to win and retain their Taifa Cup title.

The Dar es Salaam team, popularly as 'Dream Team', sealed their place in the final after thrashing Mbeya 94-55 in a first semifinal match played yesterday.

The Dar team dominated all the quarters with 31-14, 51-25, 68-37 and 94-55 points to comfortably reach the finals.

Charles Makene and Mohammed Ali 'Dibo' were executioners-in-chief with each netting 28 and 21 points respectively.

Mwanza region negotiated their way past Unguja region to reach the finals following a 102-83 final quarter score

The first two quarters had witnessed a tight game from the two sides as Unguja lost the steam to allow the gap of points to widen in the last two quarters.

Mwanza now face an uphill task of dethroning the invisible Dar es Salaam, and the question is whether the rock city boys will break the Dar's unbeatable record in Taifa Cup.

Meanwhile, Shinyanga reached the women's final after defeating Mwanza region by 47-36 points.

The Taifa Cup Basketball tournament climaxes today with two finals.

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