21 April 2012

KENYA : Battle for Final

DEFENDING Brookside national secondary schools boys' basketball champions Laiser Hill today face Friends School Kamusinga today in the semi finals of the Term One games at Maseno School.
Laiser qualified to the last four after winning all their matches. In yesterday's game, they thrashed Shimba Hills 92-22. Laiser also had an easy 116-20 win over Garissa. Kamusinga punished Tala 65-35 to qualify.
In another semi-final match-up, four-time champions and hosts Maseno School will face Nairobi's Upper Hill School. Maseno sailed to the semi-final after thrashing Garissa 124-14 while Upper Hill won all their preliminary matches beating Alliance 72-51 in the last game.
Yesterday, Maseno coach Paul Otula said his team has been improving with each game after they lost their first match against Laiser. Maseno captain Brian Mandela said the team was taking one game at a time and predicted they would reach the finals. "We made a slow start but we are playing well now," he said echoing sentiments of his coach. Laiser's Smarts Olumbo said his team is poised to retain the title. "The boys are set and our target is winning the title," said Olumbo.
In the girls' category, two-time national and East Africa champions Tigoi Girls were eliminated after losing all their preliminary matches. Tigoi lost 42-49 to Kapkolei in their last match and fell to Barasani 60-63.
In today's semi finals, favourites Shimba Hills will play Alliance Girls while Buru Buru take on Kapkolei in the other encounter.Buru Buru eliminated Nyanza's Ulanda after a 78-35 win while Alliance taught NEP Girls a lesson with a 136-12 win.
Yesterday Kapkolei coach James Kemboi said they are focused on the final. His Shimba Hills counterpart Phillip Onyango said: "I have a very good team. Our aim is to win this tournament and represent Kenya in regional games."
Yesterday, Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) secretary general David Ngugi said this year's standards are high and expressed confidence that Kenya will win medals at the regional show. "So far so good, we have not had any incident here and the teams have exhibited very high discipline," he said.

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