29 April 2008

KENYA : Nairobi Terrorists Blow Up Christian Centre

by Caxton Apollo

University of Nairobi's Terrorists celebrated their first victory in this season's basketball Premier League when they beat International Christian Centre 67-50 at the Hope Centre, Nairobi, on Sunday.

After losing 79-54 to defending champions KCB Lions in their opener, Terrorists coach Fred Odhiambo approached the second assignment with a new strategy that saw his charges emerge victorious.

It was the impressive forward Rodney Genga, who teamed up well with Arnold Mulili to give the students an early 18-12 lead after the first quarter. Genga, backed by Timothy Omondi and Mike Opinya, continued terrorising the ICC brigade and steered the students to an 18-8 lead in the second quarter.

ICC, who were making their first appearance this season, temporarily hit back through David Kyalo, Vito Kote and veteran Adams Njoroge as they narrowed the gap, though they were still trailing 36-20 at the break.

Struggling to make break the students, ICC's Kote, Njoroge and Kyalo put up a magnificent display to claim the last quarter 19-14. Terrorists' Opinya scored 17 points, Genga added another 13, while Brian Kebwaro had 16 with Emmanuel Ekai contributing 11 for ICC.

In other matches, Posta beat Blazers 51-45, Eagle Wings edged Strathmore University 49-41, Lomboritz floored Nakuru Club 60-48, while Sprite Storms defused Dynamites 50-35. Elsewhere, Mennonites lost to Blazers 38-52, while Java Warriors went down 39-43 to Strathmore University.

In Kisumu, KCB Lions mauled Lakeside 75-56, while in Nakuru, Nakuru Club narrowly beat NPC 59-52.

In the women's league, Caroline Achieng shot 13 points, while Anastasia Njere added 11 to steer Eagle Wings to a hard-fought 49-41 win over newcomers Strathmore University.

Impressive Strathmore
Wings, coached by international referee Juma Kent, had a bulk of the former Telkom players led by Rebecca Sarange and Caroline "Majeng" Achieng. The duo saw Eagle Wings dribble to a 12-9 first quarter lead.
Strathmore, who had shocked Yana 44-35 on their debut match in the top competition, were 21-13 down at half-time. Linet Mukiri scooped 15 points, while Grace Wanjiru and Esther Nyakwaka each had 10 for the students.
In the men's Division One match, Posta had a superb start, beating fellow debutantes Blazers 51-45.
Posta, who enjoyed the services of former national team players led by Ken Ondiek and Ben Oluoch, took an early 12-6 lead in the first quarter. They then resisted pressure from the Blazers to lead 24-17 at the breather.
Blazers relied on Joseph Kosgey, Eric Walucho and Donald Ogolla, who were a constant threat to Posta in the last quarter.

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