26 March 2009
TANZANIA : Dar 'Dream Team' make flying start in cities event
By Miguel Suleyman, Arusha
Dar es Salaam women team (Dream team) punished Arusha 151-13 in a one sided Intercity Basketball match held here yesterday at Soweto court.
Fielding inexperienced young girls, Arusha failed to stop the energetic Dream team led by Doritha Mbunda and Lulu Joseph.
Dar Dream Team completed the second quarter with unassailable 88-8 lead, adding 63 more points in the remaining two quarters.
Lulu Joseph was the match's top scorer with 35 points while her teammate Faraja Maliki chalked up 30 points. Salaam Ismail scored 8 points for the host.
The Men's team, however, had to use extra skills to beat Kampala City 57-45 in the second match at the same venue.
Dar es Salaam began the onslaught with impressive show in the first quarter, which climaxed with Dar es Salaam leading 28-16.
Kampala fought in the second quarter and managed to reduce the margin to 30-26 at the end of the first half.
Kampala continued to pressurise Dar in the third quarter to five points behind the leaders.
Dar es Salaam fighters, Charles Makene, Gilbert Batungi and Frank Kusiga changed the game in the fourth quarter with accurate shootings.
They added 17 more points in the last quarter against 10 points garnered by Kampala Boys.
George Tarimo and Charles Makene shared the top scorer's slot after each posted 17 points. Jeff Omondi who scored 12 points was the Kampala's top scorer followed by his mate Andrew Okoth who chalked up nine points.
Tournament's debutants Mogadishu lost their second match to the hosts in the third match held at the same venue yesterday.
Arusha emerged the winner after posting 74 points against 59 of Mogadishu. The Dar es Salaam men's team takes on Mogadishu at the same venue today.
Ten cities from East, Central and Southern African countries are taking part in this year's tournament.