05 March 2012

TANZANIA : Savio maintain unbeaten record with ABC victory

By Brown Msyani
The Citizen Correspondent
Dar es Salaam. Red-hot Savio produced another scintillating performance yesterday to beat ABC 59-56 and rack up their ninth successive win in the ongoing RBA League at the National Indoor Stadium.

George Tarimo netted 26 points and Sylvan Yunzu had another strong performance inside with 10 points and three rebounds to ensure Savio remained unbeaten.
The victory also meant the former RBA League and National Basketball Championship (NBL) winners moved four points clear at the summit of the table with 18 points.
Savio went to courts with a psychological edge having defeated the same opponents 59-55 last Sunday.
And on Saturday, they wasted no time terrorising the army team, taking a convincing 14-9 first quarter lead. ABC, hoping to return to winning ways, were a pale shadow of themselves for a better part of the first quarter as they struggled to contain Tarimo and Yunzu.
In the second quarter, Savio picked from where they left off, stretching their opponents in early minutes, but ABC, who missed the title by a whisker last season, regained their poise as the game progressed.
The victors won the quarter 12-10 to make the scoreboard read 26-19 their favour at the interval.Savio returned to the third quarter still looking dominant with Romanus Anania pulling the strings in the middle of the pack.ABC worked hard to thwart Anania’s dominance and their efforts paid off a bit as they went down to a narrow 11-10 defeat.
Hoping the game was done and dusted, Savio lowered their tempo in the final quarter, allowing ABC to pour forward and almost overturned the deficit with a 27-10 win.Filbert Mwaipungu was the top scorer for ABC after notching 15 points.

Speaking after the game, Savio head coach Dassy Makula said he was happy with his team’s performance and expected his stars to keep the winning run going.“Today was another good day for Savio, we really deserved the win and hopefully we’ll keep this rhythm going,” he said.
ABC coach Leonard Kwale, who was left reeling after dismal first three quarters, said they would go back to the drawing board hoping to win their next game.Saturday’s other games saw Oilers demolish Prison 53-41 while Dar Outsiders earned their first win of the season after beating Airwing 62-44.

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