11 February 2008

KENYA : Makupa Stay On Course for Kwale Title

by Philip Onyango

Makupa Lakers men and Mombasa Sports Club women stayed on course for the Kwale Open clubs category titles with easy victories as the tournament entered final stages at Matuga Girls High School and Waa Boys High school Sunday.

Lakers made mince meat of Shanzu Teachers College hitting them 35-14, and went ahead to beat Buxton Hawks and Oceaners 41-18 and 21-14 respectively in matches which were played at Waa Boys.

Mombasa Sports Club women on the other hand defeated Waa Girls 77-07 and Matuga Girls 53-06 in other matches played at Matuga Girls High School grounds.

In the other clubs category matches, Wolves beat Buxton Hawks 21-13,Shanzu Teachers College defeated Oceaners 34-17,and Wolves beat Oceaners 39-19, while Shanzu Teachers College beat Wolves 29-23.

In the schools category, defending champions Mombasa High School and Shimba Hills Secondary topped their pools to make the semi finals.

Mombasa High whipped Shanzu Teachers College 40-21 after another deserving 27-06 win over Shimba Hills Secondary. Waa Girls beat Matuga 22-18 while Shanzu Teachers College beat Shimba Hills 24-14.

The Indiana Pacers continued their recovery from a long losing streak with a second straight victory, Danny Granger inspiring the win with 29 points in a 101-93 triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Losing streak

The back-to-back wins, following a seven-game losing streak, have helped the Pacers climb to within half a game of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"Obviously, I thought it was a very good win for our ballclub," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien told reporters.

"Winning is great. We love winning. I liked seeing people work so hard with a smile on their face."

Making strides

Those smiles could disappear quickly, however, when the Pacers face the top two teams in the East - the Boston Celtics on Tuesday and Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

"I like to think we're making strides, but games against Boston and Detroit will show if we've made them."

Travis Diener added 15 points and nine assists and Jeff Foster 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who played the second half without key scorer Mike Dunleavy after he suffered a bruised knee.

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