22 September 2008

KENYA : KPA Thrash Storms in League Match

by Philip Onyango

Kenya Ports Authority thrashed Storms 52-25 in a national basketball league return match in Mombasa on Sunday.
With the win, the dockers, who lost to a Brenda Odula three pointer at the buzzer in the first leg in Nairobi got their own back.
They showed little mercy to the Storms who played without purpose particularly in the second and third quarter.
Agnes Anyango scored the first points for KPA which was quickly cancelled by Linda Alando's perimeter shot in this balanced first quarter which KPA won 17-12.

Pale shadow

But Storms, who had among others national team captain Angela Luchivya, Brenda Odula, Sylvia Njeri, Linda Anyango and Yvonne Mashedi in their ranks, were a pale shadow of themselves in the second quarter which KPA dominated winning 10-3, to take a comfortable 27-15 half time lead.

Irene Makori and Joyce Nyagol who were outstanding, rallied Storms to a 10-6 score in the third quarter but the game was almost sealed in the last quarter, which saw KPA's Caroline Arato (13) come from a slumber to steer her team to a comfortable win.

Yvonne Akinyi had eight points for KPA. Nyagol scored 12 for Storms in this only match of the day.
The win now pushes KPA to the second spot in the national classic league ahead of Storms with Eagles Wings who have virtually won the preliminaries remaining at the top
At the same time, the national junior girls basketball team will now be able to play in the Africa championships in Tunisia after a Government pledge to support the team. The girls will leave the country on October 1 for Tunis.
KBF treasurer Peter Orero said in a statement on Sunday that the Government through the ministry of youth and sports has pledged to buy air tickets for the championships which will bring together other top basketball playing countries in Africa.

Confirmed support

"We are very grateful to the government for accepting to fund the teams and promise that the girls will do the country proud by booking one of the two tickets available for the World championships in Bangkok Thailand next year", Orero said.
"The government gave us Sh1milllion to take the junior teams to Kampala for the qualification and have already confirmed their support for the girls teams to Tunisia which is quite encouraging for the development of the sports locally", Orero said.
According to Orero, the Government through Youth and Sports PS Murugu have promised to support in the KBF during the Africa Club championships which will be played in Nairobi between November 20-29.
He added that the Government has promised to look into the case of the boys who are set to participate in the junior championships in Cairo Egypt later next month.

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