25 January 2011

TANZANIA : JKT and Pazi set pace in RBA League

By Brown Msyani

Dar es Salaam. JKT had a field day on Sunday following their impressive victory over Hooplife in the ongoing Regional Basketball League (RBA).
JKT’s dominance in the game was obvious from the first whistle as they annihilated the newly promoted outfit 146-38 at the National Indoor Stadium.
Charles Makene was at his best for the former champions after burying 46 points while his teammate Francis Mlewa added 29 to put the score beyond Hooplife’s reach.
The game, which looked more of a training session, saw JKT finish the first quarter with a convincing 28-5 lead.
Hooplife came into the game in the second quarter and pressed forward, but they lacked muscles to unsettle the JKT defence manned by Neville Sita, Mkumbo Mgendi and Frank Simkoko. JKT swooped in the final minutes of the second quarter to make the scoreboard read 69-12 in their favour.
The winners added 25 points in the third quarter, leaving the inexperienced opponents thinking about how to overturn the deficit.

Basketball fans who turned up at the venue also witnessed a closely fought match pitting Pazi against Oilers. The equally contested match saw Pazi rally to edge out Oilers 81-78.
Oilers, who led 40-38 until the breather, lost steam in the second half to allow their opponents claim the victory.
Pazi notched 20 points in the third quarter compared to 14 chalked by Oilers. The former champions held on to seal a wafer thin win.
Ladislaus Ikunguru buried 19 points for Pazi before Daniel Muya added 13 points. Oilers ace Lusajo Samuel scored 24 points.

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