30 June 2012

UGANDA : Will Falcons Have Enough to Overcome 'Power'?

  • With the first round of the Airtel National Basketball league coming to an end this weekend, there couldn't be a better way to draw the curtains than a fixture against the two most successful basketball teams in the country; Blue Cube Falcons and Dmark Power. The pair have won the title six and four times respectively and the contest will go a long way to determine whether Falcons, who missed last season's playoffs, are title contenders.
    In many ways, this is Falcons' shot at redemption after recent losses to Warriors and KIU Titans. So, a go at Power will certainly make up for those two defeats. Statistically Falcons don't look bad; eight wins and two loses is a decent record and coach Tony Oluka is content.
    "I'm okay with how we have played so far and the players are starting to get the formations that I want to use," he says.
    Falcons' training sessions for the past two weeks at Makerere Main Ground have been about how to stop Power's running game. Oluka believes playing a 1-3-1 defense is the best way to stop Power because with such a strategy there will be someone playing defence on whoever is bringing down the ball there by killing Power's transition.
    Already their four-game winning streak shows they are mastering the tactic. They had an easy time seeing off Nkumba Marines last Sunday 80-44. Julius Lutwama will be the one poised to play the role of stopping the ball and needs to bring his 'A' game for this one.
    Falcons also stand another advantage because Power is weary after struggling to register their ninth win against Victoria University Heaters, who they beat 69-55 on Wednesday evening. But Power is not a team one can undermine because such epic like tonight's are fixtures they live for.
    They love proving to their fans that they are two time defending champions. Their strategy is still the same; run at your opponent relentlessly and with the bragging rights of finishing top of the table if they win the fixture, in a way you can expect them to give it their all.

    28 June 2012

    UGANDA : Falcons fly into Power lines

    dmark powerFixtures:
    KIU Vs Nkumba, 6:30 pm
    Power Vs Falcons, 8:30 pm

    After having a rocky start to their season last year, Falcons club chairman, Denis Mbidde said they could get over the poor start to the season.
    However, it did not go well all season as Falcons missed out on the playoffs for the first time and were rather involved in relegation battles.
    Early this season, Mbidde played down Falcons title ambitions.
    He said, "we dont expect to win the title this season".
    The expectations may be have to change with the most successful club in the local game sitting third, below last years finalists in the top division.
    Falcons (8-2) return to YMCA this evenning to face off DMark Power in the Airtel National Basketball League as the two teams complete their first round schedule.
    Power (9-1) go into this game off a 69-55 win against Heaters on Wednesday.
    Isaac Lugudde and Collin Mukiza scored 11 points each as most players were on court under 20 minutes.
    Joseph Ikong (family issues) and Isaac Afidra sat out. "The beauty of our team is that we are deep" Isaac Lugudde said.
    However, against Falcons, Ikong will be missed on both ends of the floor.
    Falcons have won the last four games behind big performances from Ameny, Omony, Elungat and Katerega. "We respect our opponents. On any given night any one can lose but we just have to ensure that it is not 'any given night'.
    We have trained for victory and we are all ready" Power's guard, Lugudde told Kawowo Sports.

    UGANDA : Falcons flying higher, Lady Canons complete first round unbeaten

    falconsFalcons jumped to second place of the men’s premier division in the FUBA Airtel National Basketball League following their 80-44 beat down on Nkumba Marines.

    Former champions, Marines (4-6) were limited to 15 first half points as record champions, Falcons (8-2) waltzed to their fourth straight win.
    Steven Omony paced Falcons with 17 points and picked 7 rebounds. Peter Elungat added 12 points and Julius Lutwama chipped in with 11.
    This was Falcons’ second in a row scoring 80 or more points and have won every game they have score 61 or more points this season. Danson Ngati led Marines with 17 points, 15 coming from beyond the arc. Wilson Otweyo added 11 and picked 9 rebounds for the university side.
    Falcons will complete their first round schedule on Friday against defending champions, Dmark Power in a possible post season second round match up.
    Meanwhile KIU Titans bounced back from an overtime loss to Warriors with a 64-44 win over Rez Life Saints powered by Francis Kasekende’s game high16 points.
    Brian Wati added 15 points and Michael Makiadi’s 9 points came along with17 boards for Titans (8-2). Point guard, Salim Ali looked out of sync scoring just a pair of points for Titans.
    Abdul Ntale’s double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds) was in a loosing effort for Rez Life (11-0). William Odong added 12 points. The loss meant Rez Life is the only team to complete the first round without a win.
    In the women’s division, UCU Lady Canons once again showed their supremacy in the division with a 51-46 edge out of rivals KCC Leopards on Friday. The win culminated UCU’s first round which they have gone unbeaten. Purity Adhiambo paced Lady Canons with a 15/13 performance, and Morren Amoding added 11 points. Martha Soigi played out the entire 40 minute and posted a big double-double (17 points, 15 rebounds) for Leopards in a loosing effort.

    KENYA : KCB Lions: We are almost achieving our target

    Updated on 27/06/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

    KCB Lions basketball team coach Morris Shitsama has asserted that his side is almost on the verge of achieving their goal of winning all their matches in the first leg of the Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League in the men’s category.
    KCB are yet to taste defeat in the league having won all their 7 matches and on the way to their impressive run upsetting 2011 champions CO-OP bank. They currently have 14 points after they crashed Mennonites 89-32 over the past weekend in a one sided match played at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
    Speaking to michezoafrika.com Shitsama was pleased with his side’s performance indicating that they harbor no plan of backing down,
    “When the league started we had a target of winning all our matches and we are about to achieve our goal. I shall ensure this happens by keeping the boys on toes and ensuring they keep roaring throughout the season.” He said.
    The coach added to say that to achieve this, they need to keep their mental character in focus and to keep training hard since everyone is working hard to pull them down.
    On any team that he feels is a threat to their title challenge Shitasama only reiterated what he said at the start of the league, “We shall be taking one team at a time.”

    KCB have 3 more matches to play before the end of the 1st leg of the premier league.

    KENYA : NBA to Relegate Three Teams in Every Zone From Next Year

    Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) will from next season relegate the bottom three teams in every zone in the men's category. However, an additional four new men's teams will be registered to make 10 teams and they will form the lower tier of the league for men. The top tier to be named Division One will be composed of 20 teams with 10 in each zone.The last two teams in every zone will be relegated to the lower tier and the top two teams in the lower tier will be promoted. The lower tier will be referred to as Division II. Elsewhere Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) will hold a Young Coaches Module 1 clinic next month.
    Federation's first vice chairman George "Nyundo" Omondi said course will be conducted by FIBA-Africa coaches' instructor Ronnie Owino. "The aim of this clinic is to help coaches particularly those interested in the management of young teams to develop specific skills." The tacticians will also train players from mini-basket between age brackets of 8-12.

    27 June 2012

    KENYA : KBF: KCA proves a hard nut to crack in DIV 1

    KCA University basketball team during a past league match at Nyayo
    KCA University basketball team during a past league match at Nyayo

    Updated on 27/06/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO
    Kenya College of Accountancy University is firmly perched at the helm of the KBF Division One log having amassed the maximum 14 points from their 7 matches.
    Over the past weekend KCA affirmed that they are the team to beat after they handed newcomers and fellow students Kenyatta University’s Pirates a rude welcome to the league defeating them 66 -58.
    Nakuru Club comes in 2nd in the Division One standings with 13 points having lost one of the 7 matches. They are followed by Parkland Baptist that has 12 points from 8 matches winning 4 of those.
    College side Nairobi Aviation and Umoja are in position 4 and 5 respectively sharing 11 points but the students have played only 6 matches compared to Umoja who have played 7. EMYBA are in position 6 with 10 points having played 8 matches and only winning 2 of them.

    In the other half of the standings KAA, Trail Blazers, students Upper Hill are at position 7, 8 and 9 respectively all of them having 9 points. KAA and Upper Hill have played 6 matches while Blazers have played 7.

    The bottom three teams are World Hope, African Nazarene University and the recently promoted KU. World Hope has 9 points, ANU 8 points and KU Pirates 2 points having lost the only 2 matches that they have played.

    KENYA : Lions extend lead in KBF Premier League

    USIU vs Blazers in a past premier league match
    USIU vs Blazers in a past premier league match

    Updated on 27/06/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

    Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) has maintained their supremacy at the summit of the KBF premier league going unbeaten since the start of the season back in April. Out of 8 matches , KCB has 16 points.
    Thika Road based students USIU come in 2nd with 13 points having lost one of their 7 matches; they share the same number of points with their rivals Strathmore University who are at position 3 having played 8 matches losing 3 of those.
    Defending champions CO-OP Bank who are struggling to get a footing in their title defense campaign are 4th with 12 points. Against their expectations, CO-OP Bank has lost 4 of their 8 matches.

    UON Terror, Thunder and Kakamega based MMUST are at position 5, 6 and 7 respectively sharing 8 points. Terror has played 5 matches while Thunder and MMUST have played 6 matches. Blazers who are at position 8 and Mennonites (position 9) follow both with 7 points.

    The last 3 teams in the men’s category are KPA, Lakeside and Ulinzi.

    KPA and Lakeside share 4 points while Ulinzi are back in the league after they were disbanded due to the ‘Operation Linda Nchi’ close the table not having played a single match.

    The K.B.F Premier League and the Division One will resume this weekend and the fixtures are as follows;
    DI/1L/122 Nakuru Club VS KCA-U 12:00 MHS

    DI/1L/123 Nairobi Aviation Vs World Hope 9:00
    DI/1L/124 ANU VS \Umoja 10:30
    DI/1L/112 KAA VS KU Pirates 12:00
    MP/1L/127 Mennonites Vs Blazers 3:00
    MP/1L/126 Terror Vs Ulinzi 4:30


    DI/1L/129 Upper Hill vs Nairobi Aviation 9:00
    DI/1L/130 KAA VS Trailblazers 10:30

    DI/1L/132 K U Pirates Vs Nakuru Club 1:30
    MP/1L/133 Mennonites Vs USIU 3:00
    MP/1L/143 Ulinzi Vs Thunder 4:30

    26 June 2012

    ZAMBIA : Who will stop the Magic?

    The Matero magic maintained there 100% unbeaten record on Sunday when the beat the UNZA Pacers 73-72 in an interesting match played at Nasdec .
    Defending champions Heroes suffered the 5th defect of the Season after going down 83-76
    full results of the games played over the weekend
    NKWAZI 60 63 UNZA PACERS "B" (M)

    KENYA : Equity a match short of going unbeaten in NBA

    Updated on 25/06/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

    Equity Bank basketball team is one game shy of being unbeaten in the Zone ‘B’ men’s Nairobi Basketball Association League. Having played 11 out of their 12 matches so far, the Bankers have an impressive record winning all outings this far and amassing 22 points.
    Closely on their track is Legacy that has managed 20 points from 12 matches. Legacy have lost 4 of the matches played. Madaraka based students Strathmore Blades come in 3rd with 19 points losing only one of the ten matches that they have took part in.
    Multi Media University, Old Pirates and Baraka Extreme occupy position 4, 5 and 6 points respectively.MMU has 19 points just as Strathmore while Old Pirates and Extreme tie at 18 points.
    At the bottom of the table are Heroes, JKUAT Karen campus and Friends of Basketball (Kenya). Heroes have 12 points from 9 matches losing 6 of those. JKUAT Karen Campus finally managed a win over the weekend and has 11 points from 10 matches. Closing Zone ‘B’ is F.O.B which has 10 points from 2 wins, 6 loses and 1 forfeited match.

    In Zone ‘A’, high school students Upper Hill are at the base with 11 points having won 3 matches and losing 5. King Deaf are ahead of them by a single point having won only 1 of their 11 matches. Mt .Kenya University, Neo Sasa Morans and Woodley Knights are in position 7, 8 and 9 respectively with MKU and Morans tying at 14 points while Woodley has 13 points.

    The top 3 teams in the Zone ‘A’ are Little Prince, Barclays Bank Eagles and Don Bosco. Little Prince has 20 points the same as Barclays but have played a match more compared to the Bankers. Don Bosco has 18 points winning 8 of their 10 matches.

    The league resumes next weekend at the Railways Club.

    KENYA : Eagle Wings mean business

    Updated on 25/06/12 | By DENNIS MACHIO

    Kenya Basketball defending champions Eagle Wings has been in blistering form this season registering remarkable scoreline against their opponents in the Kenyan premier league.
    Over the weekend on Sunday, the champions overshadowed Gladiators with a 95 -31 scoreline inspired by the top scoring form of Silalei Shani and Angela Okoth who managed 23 and 17 points respectively.
    Team assistant coach Everlyne Kedogo says they are more determined than ever to retain their title and their current form is as a result of maturity and determination never witnessed in the past two years.
    “We have got our groove back. We take each match with all the seriousness and we will not underrate anyone. We want to push ourselves to achieve the best and remain the best in this region. This comes with determination and hard work in training.” She said.
    “No one is resting, everyone comes with a mentality to shock the champions, so to be able to counter their intentions, we have to be at our best before they can even think of pinning us down.” She added.
    Eagle Wings remain unbeaten this season and Kedogo believes with the current passion and fire in the players’ attitudes, no one will be able to stop them.


    22/23/26/24 09/10/08/04
    23 pts Silalelei Shani 10 pts Anne Liambila
    17 pts Angela Okoth 08 pts Emilly Ongoro

    KENYA : Terrific weekend for Terrorists

    Updated on 25/06/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

    The University of Nairobi basketball team Terrorists enjoyed a flying weekend when they won both of their two league games including upsetting defending champions Co-OP bank on Saturday with a 63- 55 win.
    On Sunday they were at it again as they went on to smash fellow students USIU Tigers by 2 points in a tight fixture that ended 85-87 in the favor of the Terrorists.
    Coach Emmanuel Ochieng was delighted with the double win and stated it was just the beginning of a long journey for his team attributing the good form to team work,
    “We are all about team work and that is why we are getting the results that we want. Compared to other teams in this league we do not depend on specific players in order to perform and with this philosophy we are heading far, all in all we are looking forward to the next game.
    On Sunday against fellow students USIU Bill Oketch scored 25 two more than Brian Obimbo who gave the students 23 points. Chris Mulumba was on point on the other end for the Tigers despite the loss having managed 23 points while Evans Letting had 20 points.



    04/09/22/11 15/13/12/11
    11 pts Nancy atieno 11 pts Joyce Wabwire
    13 pts Cynthia irankunda 12 pts Dennis Apondi


    13/15/16/04 17/22/10/15
    15 pts Alex Lugasi 15 pts Cliffton Odhiambo
    09 pts Edward Baku 14 pts Robert Otieno

    A.N.U. 26/51 VS EMYBA 20/77

    14/12/09/16 09/11/21/36
    22 pts Kamau Dentine 31 pts Collins Ochillo
    11 pts Brian Jorat

    UMOJA 25/53 VS K.A.A. 14/35
    09/16/16/12 08/06/09/12
    17 pts Erick Mutoro 09 pts Franklyn Delano
    10 pts Kevin Sunguti

    K.U. PIRATES 18/58 VS K.C.A. U. 36/66
    11/07/20/20 11/25/12/18
    12 pts Collins Wekesa 25 pts Antonio Bwire
    12 pts Gilbert Obiero 12 pts Victor Okello

    STORMS 33/81 VS MENNONITES 16/30

    12/21/24/24 10/06/02/12
    18 pts Susan Akinyi 10 pts Belinda Akinyi
    12 pts Sally Bosire

    COOPBANK 31/55 VS TERROR 22/63
    16/15/09/15 08/14/21/19
    12 pts Titus Musembi 17 pts Bill Oketch
    12 pts Robert Mugabe 11 pts Brian Obimbo

    KENYA : Co-Op Crash to UoN 'Terrorists' in Top Ball Tie

    NATIONAL champions Co-operative Bank of Kenya crashed to a shock 55-63 loss to University of Nairobi "Terrorists" in a top basketball league tie at Nyayo gymnasium.
    The bankers, who have already lost to leaders KCB Lions, Kenya Ports Authority and United States International University (USIU)had a 31-22 lead at the break. But the campus lads changed the tide after intermission to take the maximum points. Billy Oketch was the star of the show as he led the scoring tally with 17 points and Brian Obimbo added 11.
    Co-op had 12 each from Titus Musembi and Robert Mugabe. Sprite Storms whipped Mennonites 81-30 behind strong display from Susan Akinyi who collected 18 points and while Sally Bosire hit 12. In Kakamega, Strathmore University teams had a fruitful outing as they nipped home sides in matches played at the Police Canteen. Blades beat Masinde Muliro University of Agriculture and Technology 64-48 behind 17 points from Robert Otieno, the host had 21 from Alex Lugasi.
    The ladies tie saw Swords cut Western Delight 51-46 behind 10 points each from Denise Apondi and Joyce Nabwire while Cynthia Irankunda managed 12 for the losers. In the lower division,leaders Kenya College of Accountancy University dimmed KU Pirates debut with a 6-58 win, Africa nazarene University lost 51-77 to Emyba while Umoja beat Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) 53-35.

    KENYA : Under-18 Boys Squad Starts Z5 Training

    THE provisional Under-18 boys basketball team have started training for next month's Zone Five Fiba Africa qualifiers in Rwanda. Coach Tony Ochieng said yesterday the boys, all based in Nairobi, will train at Upper Hill School up to tomorrow.
    They will be joined later by players from outside the county. The Kigali show is slated for July 17-22. Kenya Basketball Federation have named a squad of 22 to train under Ochieng and George Mayienga.
    The players are: Basil Okongo (Malezi), James Wanjara, Vernon Obonyo, Nelson Mandela (Maseno), George Okoth (Strathmore), Dennis Odhiambo (Alliance, Michael Maeta (Alliance), Bushman Wamukoya (Laiser Hill). Moses Osure , Martin Mugambi , Joseph Ongoro , Adrian Odindo , Jacob Njoroge ( Upper Hill), Samuel Mogoko (NIS), Cedric Omondi, Reuben Muraya, Joseph Obiero, Sydney Mwanza (FSK), Hamisi Taisir (Mombasa Baptist), Shilton Ochieng, Fredrick Odhiambo and Cedric Lugasi (Sigalame).
    Meanwhile the U-18 girls coach Philip Onyango will call upon 19 players for non residential training for the same event. Onyango said he had identified 10 players from the coast and nine from Nairobi counties, two from self sponsored club Safe Spaces while the rest are high school girls.

    UGANDA : Falcons rehearse for Power in style

    By Charles Mutebi
    Steven Omony and the Falcons set the stage for their heavyweight clash with D’Mark Power on Friday with a fourth straight victory in the Airtel National men’s top Basketball League at the YMCA on Sunday.
    The Falcons thumped the reeling Nkumba Marines 80-44, with Omony nailing a game-high 17 points. Peter Elungat and Julius Lutwama, who was facing Nkumba for the first time since leaving the club at the start of the season, added 12 and 11 points respectively for the Falcons.
    A key factor in the Falcons winning run has been their strong start to games and they didn’t spare Nkumba, beating them 22-8 in the first quarter and 25-7 in the second. Consequently, the second half was a just procession, even though the Marines improved on both ends of the floor, thanks to Danson Ngati, 17pts, and Wilson Otweyo, 11.
    With eight wins, two defeats and a competitive roaster, the Falcons are in good shape to face their arch-rivals and two-time defending champions Power in the last game of first round. In others words, expect a contest worthy of the richest rivalry in local basketball.
    Meanwhile, the KIU Titans recorded their ninth victory in 11 league games with a 64-44 victory over newly-promoted Rez Life.

    25 June 2012

    KENYA : Defending Champions CO-OP Bank terrorized

    Updated on 24/06/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

    The 2011 KBF champions CO-OP bank over the weekend failed to shine as they were dimmed by University of Nairobi side Terror 63-55 at the Nyayo Gymnasium.

    The defending champions’ coach Cary Odhiambo was a disappointed after the loss blaming his team’s loss to complacency especially when facing the so called ‘smaller teams’; “When facing teams that are weaker than us on paper there is an attitude that crops up and the players lose focus. In the 3rd quarter we played nothing. I will have to work a lot on our mental strength to deal with this before our next match.”

    Coop Bank commenced the match with a stronger display winning the first quarter 16-08 but they could not hold on to the early lead allowing the students to narrow the gap losing 14-15.
    But the students stayed powerful on their offense beating the champions 09-21 in the 3rd quarter and despite a late surge by the Bankers Terrorists took home the day with a 15-19 4th quarter win.
    Bill Oketch was the match’s top scorer with 19 points for Terror (made two 3 pointer shots) with Yuval Genga getting 13 points. Hillary Kubai was the highest rebound taker for Terror and also in the match securing 9 rebounds. Co-op banks’ Joseph Khaemba managed 11 points while Titus Musembi and Robert Mugabe made 10 points each.
    COOP banks’ ladies team was also on the receiving end going down 35-60 to students USIU.Powered by the ever green Hilda Indasi who netted 20 points, USIU dominated in all quarters to take home the maximum points.

    COOPBANK 17/35 VS U.S.I.U 34/60

    09/18/09/08 12/22/11/15
    23 pts Irene Makori 20 pts Hilda Indasi

    COOPBANK 31/55 VS TERROR 22/63

    16/15/09/15 08/14/21/19
    12 pts Titus Musembi 17 pts Bill Oketch
    12 pts Robert Mugabe 11 pts Brian Obimbo

    KENYA : KCA-U hands Pirates a rude welcome to KBF Division One

    Updated on 24/06/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

    The Kenyatta University Pirates’ were handed a hiding by their Thika Road neighbors Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCA –U) 58 -66 on Saturday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium when the KBF Division One league resumed.
    Pirates were promoted to the higher league after the withdrawal of Kenya Navy. This was the Pirates’s first match but they managed to stage a super performance as they held their opponents a 11 point draw in the first quarter.
    KCA undefeated in the league so far stepped up their strengths with good lay ups and powerful rebounds in the 2nd quarter thumping Pirates with a 25- 7 points score. This put the total points during half time at 36 – 18 in favor of KCA.
    Kenyatta University attempted a comeback in the third quarter as they overturned the scoreline winning the quarter 20-11 with Wekesa leading the scores. The Pirates went ahead to snatch the final quarter with a 20-19 advantage but it was too little too late as KCA-U triumphed with a58-66 advantage.
    KCA’s Antony Bwire was the top scorer in the match earning his side an impressive 25 points and also took the highest number of rebounds, securing 9 rebounds. His team mate Victor Okello gave his side 12 points.
    Speaking to michezoafrika.com , KCA coach Charles Goro was happy with the win but rued the missed chances on simple drives in the 3rd quarter,
    “The boys lost concentration in the 3rd quarter missing clear chances but I am glad that they held on to win the game.”

    KENYA : Storms Submerge Mennonites in KBF

    Updated on 24/06/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

    Storms on Saturday had no mercy for Mennonites as they crashed them 81–30 in a Kenya Basketball Premier League match in the women’s category at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
    Mennonites started with a matched up performance as they held the eventual winners to a 12-10 first quarter performance.
    But then Mennonites fizzled in form as they were submerged in the second quarter losing 22- 6 as the half time score line stood at 34-16.
    The 3rd quarter was a nightmare for Mennonites displaying one of the most dismal performances since the onset of the league in April, getting only 2 points against 24 points for the Storms. In the last quarter, Storms maintained their consistency managing 23 points while Mennonites tried to save face with 12 points ensuring a win for the former Sprite sponsored team.
    Susan Akinyi and Mercy Wanyama led the Mennonites annihilation as they managed 15 and 16 points respectively for Storms. Akinyi was also the top rebound taker in the match securing 9 rebounds.
    Vivian Akinyi gave Mennonites 11 points (one 3 pointer shot) followed by Belinda Akinyi who scored 8 points. Belinda also secured 8 rebounds for her side but the side blocked no shot in the whole match.

    In another women's premier league match played on Saturday, Strathmore University beat Western Delights 51- 46 in a match that was played in Kakamega at the Kakamega Police Cant



    04/09/22/11 15/13/12/11
    11 pts Nancy atieno 11 pts Joyce Wabwire
    13 pts Cynthia irankunda 12 pts Dennis Apondi


    13/15/16/04 17/22/10/15
    15 pts Alex Lugasi 15 pts Cliffton Odhiambo
    09 pts Edward Baku 14 pts Robert Otieno

    A.N.U. 26/51 VS EMYBA 20/77

    14/12/09/16 09/11/21/36
    22 pts Kamau Dentine 31 pts Collins Ochillo
    11 pts Brian Jorat
    UMOJA 25/53 VS K.A.A. 14/35
    09/16/16/12 08/06/09/12
    17 pts Erick Mutoro 09 pts Franklyn Delano
    10 pts Kevin Sunguti

    K.U. PIRATES 18/58 VS K.C.A. U. 36/66
    11/07/20/20 11/25/12/18
    12 pts Collins Wekesa 25 pts Antonio Bwire
    12 pts Gilbert Obiero 12 pts Victor Okello

    STORMS 33/81 VS MENNONITES 16/30

    12/21/24/24 10/06/02/12
    18 pts Susan Akinyi 10 pts Belinda Akinyi
    12 pts Sally Bosire

    COOPBANK 31/55 VS TERROR 22/63
    16/15/09/15 08/14/21/19
    12 pts Titus Musembi 17 pts Bill Oketch
    12 pts Robert Mugabe 11 pts Brian Obimbo

    NIGERIA : Nestle Milo B/Ball - Ahmadiyya College, GGSS Zing Rule Lokoja Conference

    Ahmadiyya College and Government Girls Secondary School, Zing, Taraba over the weekend emerged overall winners of boys and girls Nestle Milo Basketball Competition for secondary schools decided at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Lokoja Stadium, Kogi State.
    Ahmadiyya College defeated Government Secondary School , Danbaba, Zamfara State 62-61 in a high tension encounter in the boys category while GGC Dala lost to defending champions from Taraba 60-44 in the girls category. GGC which had early in the group stage ran away with 17-16 victory over them failed to re-enact that form.
    However, in the third place matches played, Government United Secondary School, Lokoja, Kogi and Concerdia College, Yola, Adamawa beat Government Unity Secondary School, Malumfashi and Sacred Heart College, Egule, Kogi 35-28 and 24-23 points respectively to pick the third place positions. At the end of the championship, prizes, certificates and gifts were given to all participating teams while Ahmadiyya and Government Girls Secondary School, Zing, Taraba received giant trophies and N30,000 cheque each.
    Kamal Yusuf of Ahmadiyya and Jamila Sulaiman of Zing won the Most Valuable Players (MVP) award while Government Unity Secondary School, Ringim, Jigawa State and Sacred Heart College, Egule, Kogi State won the fair play prizes. The two teams will also represent the conference in the final stage of the competition scheduled to hold in Lagos next month.

    NIGERIA : African Basketball - Aderemi Hopeful on First Deepwater

  • Coach of First Bank, Adewunmi Aderemi has assured the team's supporters of a formidable squad that could compete with the rest of Africa when the FIBA Africa club tourney gets underway later this year.
    A fortnight ago, First Deepwater basketball club of Ekiti won the country's women basketball league by retaining the Zenith Bank Women's league title for the third straight season despite their 70-76 points loss to former champion, First Bank basketball club at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium Lagos.
    For the coach of the first Bank team, the just concluded Zenith Bank Women Basketball League was an eye opener for them to do work harder ahead of the continental tourney.
    "It was indeed a difficult season with a lot of improvement from various teams. First Deepwater has shown consistency over the years compared to my side that is in transition but I'm optimistic that we will come out good in a short time," Aderemi said.
    He added that "as the defending champions (First Deep Water), they were able to keep together most of their players and I think their coach brought his experience to bear on the results.
    " I had in my squad, new and young players with little of experiences. Also our preparation towards the competition was a bit poor as we did not do much work in the first and second phase of the competition which cost us the title.
    Now that we have seen our mistakes, we will do our best to rectify them and prepare well ahead of the continental tourney".

    NIGERIA : D'Tigers Taste Greek, South American Action for London Games

    National male basketball team D'Tigers are continuing the London Olympic Games qualification build up in the United States in a four- nation tournament in Houston with nail-biting games against national teams of Greece, Brazil, and New Zealand from June 25-30.
    The Olympic qualifiers come up July 2-8 in Caracas, against Venezuela, and Lithuania for the Group-B sole ticket to the Olympics. The team, in search of a first ever Olympic Games games appearance, had earlier successfully concluded a tour of China where they took on several top clubs like Fujian Quanzhou Bank basketball club, Shanxi Zhongyu basketball club and Shanxi Zhongyu basketball club. Done with playing club-sides, D'Tigers took on the national team of Great Britain in the U.S, although details of results were not readily available.
    The team will head to Caracas,Venezuela for the qualifiers after concluding the four-nation tourney, according to the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, which has also described the trips as successful and revealing.
    Few stakeholders give Nigeria a chance to make it to the Games giving the rich and rewarding background of both Venezuela and Lithuania in South America and the world. NBBF sources however say they are not ruling out surprises from the Nigerian team, given that the team is composed of players with experience who have vowed to bring smiles to the faces of their fellow countrymen and women.

    RWANDA : Local Youth Basketball Team to Wind Up Zone Five Preps in Bujumbura

  • Rwanda's U-18 team is leaving no stone unturned to enable them stage a successful Zone Five U-18 qualifiers from July 17-22 in Kigali.
    The national team is leaving for Burundi's town Bujumbura to fine tune and take part in a regional tournament dubbed as Great Lakes regional basketball tournament which is also set to attract teams from Burundi and DRC.
    The Rwanda basketball federation president Desire Mugwiza said on Friday that Rwanda will use the event to access the level of the players before head coach Nenad Amanovic desires his final team for the zonal qualifiers.
    "We want to test our players in this tournament because we believe there is great opposition and challenge that can help them get used ahead of the zonal qualifiers,"
    In a related development, the local basketball federation has been boasted with a Rwf. 120million package to organise the zonal qualifiers competition.
    The week-long competition will attract six teams which include Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan and Ethiopia.
    The men's team will be bolstered by foreign based players who jet in next month and they include: Adronis Rwabigwi, Ngenzi Eric, Manzi Danny, Karenzi Ronald, Twagirayezu Patrice, Ishimwe Norbert, Rutare Jonathan, and Shyaka Scifon.

    24 June 2012

    UGANDA : UCU keep KCC at arm’s length

    Ndejje 51-40 Heaters
    W. KCC 46-51 UCU
    Today at YMCA
    Falcons vs. Nkumba (7.30pm)
    Rez Life vs. KIU (5.30pm)
    W. KIU vs. Nkumba (3.30pm)
    Gladiators vs. A1 (9.30am)
    Div 2. City Oil vs. Riders (11.30pm)
    at makerere
    W. Mak Cubs vs. Mak Sparks (10am)
    Div 2. MBC vs. Rhino (12pm)

    KAMPALA. UCU Lady Canons reminded KCC Leopards that they will not relinquish the Airtel National Basketball League title without a fight.
    The champions edged their biggest rivals for the crown 51-46 at YMCA court as the two giants wrapped their first round quotas on Friday. The two still are the best bets for the finals but in case KCC earn a repeat date to avenge the 4-0 series loss last year, this result posed questions.
    Coach Timothy Odeke must find answers to reigning MVP Purity Adhiambo. The centre led UCU, scoring with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
    KCC have definitely closed the gap after beating their rivals twice during the inter-cities earlier this year.
    Martha Soigi dropped a game-high 17 points and 15 rebounds, matching UCU for size, but the weapons need to be spread further. The closely contested game started with a 9-all tie after the first period before KCC took charge by taking the next 17-11.

    23 June 2012

    KENYA : KU Pirates promoted to Division One

    Updated on 22/06/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

    Kenyatta University basketball team ‘The Pirates’ have been promoted to the Kenya Basketball League Division One from the Nairobi Basketball Association (Division 2).The new development was effected last week.
    Kenyatta University had been participating in the NBA league and had played 8 games at the point of their promotion. KU were the 3rd runners up in last years’ Interprovincial Play-offs held in Mombasa where the top two teams would earn a spot in the Div One league.
    The top two teams in the tournament were Kenya Airways and Upper Hill School who are currently participating in the league.
    The spot that was given to Pirates came as a result of the Kenya Navy team leaving the league since the Defence forces disbanded all their teams for the ‘Operation Linda Nchi’ and the league required to have 12 teams.

    Kenyatta University will play their first match against Parklands Baptist on Sunday 9.00am at the Nyayo Gymnasium.

    KENYA : Strathmore travels to Western as Coop face Terror

    Updated on 22/06/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

    The KBF Premier league will resume on Saturday at the Nyayo Gymnasium but two fixtures will be played outside Nairobi.
    The match between students Masinde Muliro University and Strathmore University will be played at the Kakamega Police Canteen in the men’s category while in the women’s category, Western Delight will face it off with the Strathmore Swords at the same venue.
    Men’s defending champions CO-OP bank will be up against the terror of UoN at Nyayo from 4PM while Storms play against Mennonites in the women’s premier match from 2.00Pm.
    On Sunday the only match to be played away from the capital city will be the match between bottom placed Lakeside that will welcome Strathmore at the Kisumu Sports ground. Current league leaders Kenya Commercial Bank will play the Mennonites men’s team at the Nyayo Gymnasium from 2.00PM
    The Division one league will also resume at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
    Below are the full fixtures for the weekend.

    Wp/1l/108 Western Delight vs Strathmore 10:00 KPC
    Mp/1l/109 MMUST vs Strathmore 12:00 ``
    Di/1l/110 ANU vs EMYBA 9:00

    Di/1l/111 Umoja vs KAA 10:30 ``
    Mp/1l/177 K U Pirates vs KCA-U 12:00 ``
    Wp/1l/113 Storms vs Mennonites 2:00 ``
    Mp/1l/114 Co-op Bank vs Terror 4:00 ``


    Mp/1l/115 Lakeside vs Strathmore 12:00 KSG
    D1/1l/177 K U Pirates vs Parklands Bap 9:00 NYAYO
    Wp/1l/117 Eagle Wings vs Gladiators 10:30 ``
    Wp/1l/118 Co-op Bank vs USIU 12:00 ``
    Mp/1l/119 KCB Lions vs Mennonites 2:00 ``
    Mp/1l/120 USIU vs Terror 4:00 ``

    TANZANIA : Tight race for RBA League title

    Brown Msyani
    The Citizen Correspondent
    Dar es Salaam. The battle for the RBA League crown is now a two-horse race between Savio and ABC.Savio underlined their quest for the title and the jackpot that goes with it at the weekend when they stretched their unbeaten run to 17 games.

    Sylvain Yunzu had six rebounds, five blocks and buried 17 baskets to lead his team to a 69-57 victory over former champions Pazi at the Don Bosco Youth Centre courts on Sunday.The win took Savio to the summit of the table with 34 points followed closely by JKT who have so far accumulated 32 points.
    Last year’s finalists ABC occupy the third spot (30) and with three quarters of the matches played, they are still considered as big challengers for the prestigious title.In Sunday’s game, Henry Mwinuka of Savio also had a day to remember after notching 12 points and eight clever assists.

    Pazi shooting guards Daniel Muya and Denis Chibura worked tirelessly upfront, but their 13 and seven points respectively could not save the team from falling to Savio.Savio went to the courts brimming with confidence considering their imperious form, but could not outplay their opponents in the first quarter. They won 15-14.The League leaders returned to the second quarter looking stronger and troubled Pazi with quick but accurate passes to take a deserved 20-14 lead, thus making the scoreboard read 35-28 in their favour.

    After the recess, Pazi came with all guns blazing and peppered the Savio area to cut the deficit with a 17-11 win.
    Sensing the danger of staining their record, Savio started the fourth quarter fiercely and dashed whatever hopes Pazi had of overturning the score after winning 23-11.
    Speaking after the match, Savio head coach Dassy Makula showered praise on his players for their mental strength and expressed hopes of finishing the League without losing a match.

    “It was a tough game, but my players coped very well with the pressure from Pazi and we won the match. With this kind of spirit, I am optimistic that we will finish the League unbeaten,” Makula said.The coach also lauded Pazi players for displaying some sublime basketball skills.
    Another game on the same day saw Oilers humiliate Magone 75-45 with merciless Lusajo Samweli hitting 22 points followed by teammate Evans Davids who scored 15 points.

    RWANDA : Youth hoops teams set to tour Bujumbura


    Coach Nenad Amanovic (C) talks to his players during time-out during the 2010 Zone V qualifiers also held in Kigali, which was won by Egypt. The New Times / File.
    The national U-18 men and women national basketball teams are scheduled to tour Bujumbura next week as they continue preparations for the forthcoming Zone Five U-18 qualifiers due July 17-22 in Kigali.
    The teams will play in the Great Lakes regional basketball tournament that is expected to feature teams from Burundi and DRC.
    According to Rwanda basketball federation president Desire Mugwiza, Rwanda will be using the tournament to gauge coach Nenad Amanovic’s players before the Zone V qualifiers.
    “Initially APR was the invited team for the tournament but since they were not prepared, we requested the organisers to allow us send our junior teams which was given the green light.
    “We want the players, who have been training for the last few weeks to test themselves against better and experienced opposition,” Mugwiza told this paper yesterday.
    Meanwhile, the national basketball federation has received a timely boost from the Ministry of Sports and Culture that will provide Rwf120m for the organization of the competition
    The week-long competition will attract six teams which include Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan and Ethiopia.

    The men’s team will be bolstered by foreign based players who jet in next month and they include: Adronis Rwabigwi, Ngenzi Eric, Manzi Danny, Karenzi Ronald, Twagirayezu Patrice, Ishimwe Norbert, Rutare Jonathan, and Shyaka Scifon.

    LIBERIA : Basketball In US$49,000 Hunt, Appeal to Chief Patron of Sports, Others

    Partial view of some of the U-18 players during the press conferencePartial view of some of the U-18 players during the press conference
    The President of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA), Rufus Anderson, in a poignant tone, has appealed to Liberia’s Chief Patron of Sports, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and other meaningful basketball enthusiasts as well as business institutions to rescue the LBA from fines and the missing of technical assistance from the Federation International Basketball Association (FIBA)-Afrique.

    The LBA boss said Liberia failure to honor the FIBA U-8 championship qualifier in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire which kick-off Saturday, June 23, 2012, will taint the image of the country in the ‘Globe of Basketball.’
    Mr. Anderson disclosed that the total cost for the entire trip including fines (penalties) for the country failure to honor past regional basketball tournament, is US$49,000.
    The basketball boss divulged that all efforts for the intervention of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Cellcom, Sime Darby-Liberia, Chevron amongst other companies to rescue basketball from ignominy, which is not a “political sports” proved futile.
    “The SOS call comes at a time when the U—18 national Basketball team is expected to travel to the Ivory Coast to honor the African version of the FIBA U—18 championship qualifier in Ivory Coast.
    “We are appealing to Chief Patron of Sports President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, other meaningful basketball enthusiasts as well as business institutions to come to our aid to avoid being fine and risk losing technical and logistical support,” Mr. Anderson stated.
    Meanwhile, fans and stakeholders have urged the Government as well as basketball enthusiasts and concessional companies to help the U-18 basketball team travel and participate in the regional tournament. They argued that basketball, which is Liberia’s second most popular sports, should be supported; to encourage the over 50,000 youths are actively engage in the game.
    The fans and stakeholders intoned that failure of Liberia participation in the tournament signified that indeed football is truly a “political sports,” which can therefore only be supported, while the other sports are insignificant and those who involved are as well insignificant to the over 3.5 million population.

    LESOTHO : Roma to host basketball extravaganza

    By Nthako Majoro

    MASERU-Eight basketball teams are expected to take part in a one-day competition dubbed Money Tournament scheduled for Roma on June 2.

    According to the Lesotho Basketball Association spokesperson, Ratšolo Molupe, one of the teams to battle -it -out at the competition is from Bloemfontein, South Africa while the rest are local.
    “We are expecting eight teams, with one coming from Bloemfontein by the name of Alumni Basketball Club. The seven local sides are KTA All Stars, Shines, LP, LUCT, Bashana ba heso, Roma Boys and the hosts, Rovers,” said Molupe.
    The tournament, Molupe added, seeks to ensure there is basketball activity in the country at a time there are no regular tournamnts.
    “This competition can be hosted any time when there are no basketball events, like now,” he said, adding the competition would also serve as a warm-up event ahead of the winter tournament, set for the end of June or early July.
    According to Molupe, the presence of the Alumni Basketball Club would be very crucial for local teams.
    “Alumni are a very good team. They have come all the way from Bloemfontein to win our Independence Tournament three times so far, and that indeed, shows how organised they are compared to our teams here at home,” he said, further revealing the LBA national league would begin immediately after the Independence Tournament in October.

    22 June 2012

    UGANDA : KIU must show depth

    In basketball, players are required to run from one end of the floor on every transition. For starters, the transition must not exceed 24 seconds. That implies that players are bound to get tired. So a coach is allowed to use 12 players, who can be rotated depending on the game plan and how their legs and lungs cope across the four quarters.
    And the coach cannot have all players on court in a game. Most actually opt for a seven or eight-man rotation and at best, 10 get to play. Seeing Nimrod Kaboha, KIU Titans coach, overlook this basic player rotation over the years, is utterly disturbing. Last Sunday epitomised the rigidity that he faces in what could be a definitive season for the Kansanga-based side.
    As they lost to 61-51 to Warriors in overtime, Kaboha’s lack of rotation was laid bare. Guard Salim Ali, the talisman, played the entire game until he fouled out during the five extra minutes. The teams were tied 52-up after four quarters. The Kenyan was visibly tired. Sooner, Brian Wati and Moses Olobo joined Ali. KIU lost the game because of the stinginess of Kaboha. This is not meant to take anything away from what Warriors did that day. Kaboha is arguably the best defensive coach here and credit to him for that. He managed to double up basketball and football so well. However, in his basketball days, there was no 24-second clock as it’s only been used here for the past few seasons. His fantastic job of coaching the university side has always involved only seven players with eight being a luxury before. The ambitions of KIU have shot up from the occasional playoff appearance to title contenders, at least with the roster they have built.
    Sadly, they are not yet utilising their depth. Collins Omondi, Ali’s understudy, only gets to play when the starting point guard’s fingers feel sore. Forward Michael Makiadi went scoreless until overtime, the excuse being nine rebounds. Francis Kasekende, one of the best perimeter shooters, barely gets time on court. His 15 points against Warriors is his best return in 11 games.
    Their main offensive weapon Abraham Juma, before Richard Omondi, Ali, Kasekende and Makiadi were signed, spends more games bench warming. When KIU do make the playoffs, champions DMark Power and Warriors will be smarter. The reasons will be resting, rhythm and executing plays. Playoffs normally bring two games in 48 hours and Kaboha has his work cut out.

    UGANDA : Leopards on revenge mission against UCU

    KCC Leopards point guard Carol Nantalo leaps for an aerial ball against Magic Stormers recently. KCC face their biggest test this season against champions UCU Canons.
    KCC Leopards point guard Carol Nantalo leaps for an aerial ball against Magic Stormers recently. KCC face their biggest test this season against champions UCU Canons. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA
    By ISMAIL DHAKABA KIGONGO (email the author)

    Posted Friday, June 22 2012 at 09:41
    In Summary
    Backed by two victories over UCU in the inter-cities tournament earlier this year, KCC coach Timothy Odeke is positive.

    Little has changed since last year’s women’s Airtel National Bsaketball finals in which UCU Lady Canons swept KCC Leopards 4-0.
    It was so anti-climatic that few memories were kept. However, there is no hiding that the two remain the two strongest teams here.
    Both have not lost a game this season and share identical winning streaks of 11 games ahead of their clash at YMCA court today.

    Backed by two victories over UCU in the inter-cities tournament earlier this year, KCC coach Timothy Odeke is positive. “I think we have improved very much from last year. Tremedous,” Odeke said. He has new adversary in Boniface Okello, who replaced Dale Sculy as coach.
    UCU’s ‘big men’ Peace Proscovia and Purity Adhiambo, who would go on to win the MVP title, pounded KCC last year. Martha Soigi and Carol Badaru offered resistance without much support against the athleticism of Adhiambo and ran out of lungs.
    Muhay Namuwaya and Jackie Basemera will offer support. “When they beat us, they were better technically and better conditioned,” Odeke noted. Kenyan Adhaimbo is still as destructive as during her debut season last year. Her last game ended in 17 points and 13 rebounds to beat minnows Gladiators 27-24.
    The front court is tilting on a knife edge. In case former MVP Maureen Amoding sits out again for UCU like she has done so many times during the regular season, the back court will be balanced too.
    In Flavia Oketcho, KCC still possess a lethal perimeter shooter. She helped UCU win their first league title back in 2008. In the day’s last game, Victoria University Heaters take on Ndejje University Angels.
    Meanwhile, former champions Rhino continued their push for a return to the topflight with an 81-70 Kings on Wednesday night. TLC beat Air Force 63-56 in the men’s Third Division

    21 June 2012

    ANGOLA : Edson Ndoniema and Jorge Tati Ousted From National Basketball Team

    The small forwards Edson Ndoniema and Jorge Tati were ousted from the Angolan national senior males basketball team, who are preparing their participation in the pre-Olympic tournament, set for 2-8 July in Caracas city in Venezuela.
    This was said to Angop on Monday by the secretary general of the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB), Tony Sofrimento.
    Check the summoned players: Leonel Paulo, Armando Costa, Kikas Gomes, Felizardo Ambrósio, Carlos Morais, Paulo Barros, Roberto Fortes, Divaldo Mbunga, Paulo Santana, Eduardo Mingas, Milton Barros, Olímpio Cipriano and Valdelicio Joaquim.
    The squad, coached by the Angolan José Carlos Guimarães, will leave for Venezuela on 25 June.

    ZIMBABWE : Girls High Triumph

  • Girls High School continued with their dominance in basketball when they clinched the Under-16 title on Saturday.
    The tournament was held at Queen Elizabeth and attracted teams from 26 schools.
    However, the day belonged to Girls High as they proved to be too good for their opponents.
    They beat Mufakose 2 18-12 in the finals. Earlier on they had dismissed Zengeza 2 13-2 in the semi-finals.
    Last week they won the Under-14 tournament, which saw them earning a ticket to represent the province at the inter-provincial championships, set for Mutare next month.
    Girls High had earlier on emerged the winners in the group stages when they beat Mufakose 1 High 21-2.
    They went on to beat Mufakose 2 21-2 before they overpowered Highfield 24-0.
    Girls High sports director, Miriam Moyo, attributed their success to their sound development programme.
    "We actually expected the win because five of our girls were part of the team select that went to the national finals last year and brought gold, so it was a straight win.
    "It simply means that we have now achieved our goal of building our teams from grassroots, it is beginning to pay dividends," said Moyo.
    Moyo some of their players will be part of the Under-16 team that will represent the province at the inter-provincials.
    "Seven of players have been selected into the provincial squad that is going to participate in the inter-provincial because for the Under-16 they go as a select team unlike in the Under-14 where the winners represent the province."
    Kuwadzana High finished in third place.

    KENYA : KCA Thump Jomo Kenyatta in NBA League

    KENYA College of Accountancy (KCA) University thumped Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (Jkuat) 50-26 in a Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) league match at Railways Club. Jayne Mugwanga was the top scorer with 11 points. She was power behind KCA's 26-21 win over Strathmore University 26-21.
    The other women's show saw Barclays Bank of Kenya nip Kenya Polytechnic University 23-19 as Adeline Munguti bagged 10 points. In the men's matches, Reagan Basweti poured in 22 points to lead Old Pirates to a 61-55 win over Multi Media University (MMU).Nick Oloo hit 21 as JKUAT thumped Kind Deaf 79-24. Selected results: JKUAT 40 MKU Thika 13; Our Lady Queen of Peace 47 JKUATS 33; Strath 35 Kenya Poly 29; Jkuat 59 Zetech College 73; Dolphins 53 MKU (T) 64; Morans 50 Saints 40.

    19 June 2012

    MOZAMBIQUE : Salè : "We are growing "

    Deolinda Ngulela
    Deolinda NGULELA (MOZ)
    MOZ - Salé: 'We're growing in confidence'
    LISBON (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women) - The Mozambique national side remains upbeat about its chances in the forthcoming FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women (OQTW) despite a preparation period that recently saw them fall to hosts Portugal in a friendly.
    The home side won the game, 72-66, but Mozambique's players weren't discouraged as they had only touched down from their flight from Maputo just a few hours before tip-off.

    In the contest played in Rio Maior, near Lisbon, Deolinda Ngulela, Anabela Cossa and Leia "Tanucha" Dongue combined to scored 37 points, more than the rest of the team, as they went to the break with a 32-31 lead.
    Nasir Salé, the Mozambique coach, said to FIBA.com: "We are growing in confidence and improving some aspects of our game.
    "My players showed great determination, despite the short break as we had just arrived from Maputo.
    "We controlled our possession and turned the ball over fewer times than Portugal did."
    Mozambique had 11 turnovers in the game.
    Since that game, Mozambique have continued their preparations with games and workouts against Algés e Dafundo, a historic club based on the outskirts of Lisbon.
    At the OQTW in Ankara, which gets underway 25 June, Mozambique are in Group C with Croatia and Korea.
    They will be battling for one of the five places available for the Olympic Games.
    Mozambique will travel from Lisbon to Ankara on 23 June and two days later will face the Croatians.
    "Both teams are good sides and we are aware that it won't be an easy task coming up against either of them," Salé said.
    "Our objective is to play well, dignify our beloved Mozambique, and I do not think we are much different to the other teams in terms of goals in this tournament."
    Clarisse Machanguana, the only European-based player and the one with the most experience in the group, has joined the team in the Portuguese capital.
    Her WNBA and European background, added to her height, is what Salé has been looking for to strengthen his team's game on both ends of the floor.
    "She is a great addition to the team, and we welcome her," the coach said following her arrival from Milan.
    Asked about the team's condition ahead of the OQTW, Salé said: "This group of players is united, and there is cohesion and hard working spirit.
    "I am pleased with their dedication.
    "[Against Portugal] they played well, no doubt about it.
    "Our playing style prioritizes the team rather than the individual."

    The Mozambique squad for the OQTW is Deolinda Ngulela, Clarisse Machanguana, Anabela Cossa, Cátia Halar, Leia Dongue, Deolinda Gimo, Ana Azinheira, Rute Muianga, Odelia Mafanela, Valerdina Manhonga, Filomena Micato and Eliana Ventura.

    UGANDA : Titans force OverTime but fall to Warriors 61-56

    kiuRonnie Kasewu scored 6 of his 15 points in overtime to pace Warriors to a 61-56 win over KIU Titans on Sunday night at YMCA. Warriors (10-1) jumped to a 10-0 run in the first period as Titans (7-2) went scoreless for nearly 5 minutes and trailed 20-8 at the end of the quarter. KIU scored a point more in thee second quarter and trailed by 13 at half time.
    Syrus Kiviri (10 points) opened the third quarter for Warriors from downtown. Francis Kasekende (15 points) responded
    with a corner 3-ball for Titans and guard Salim Ali nailed another from the top of the mountain to open KIU’s 23 point third quarter that brought them with in 43-40. With 2:59 in the third quarter , Warriors called for a time out after Kasekende had pulled KIU within 8 and on return Ali added a lay-up in the explosive quarter the come back continued in the fourth and with 1:19 Ali hit another trey to put KIU with in 1 (51-50). He swiped the ball seconds later and missed a go ahead lay-up with 14 seconds to the buzzer. On Warriors gaining possession, Kasewu was sent to the line and hit 1 throw and on in bounding Salim’s lay-up with 4 seconds sent the game to overtime. At this point Kasewu took over from the foul line sinking all his 6 throws in the period including two with 9 seconds which were the final dagger. “We lost the game because of the bad first half. We took to much energy to close up the game and started making unnecessary fouls and turnovers” Titans’ coach Nimrod said. Henry Malinga scored game high 19 points and Sam Gombya added 8 points that went with 14 rebounds. Salim Ali led KIU with 15 points. Richard Osano scored 7 points and picked game high 17 rebounds.

    KENYA : Tragedy touches women’s basketball in Kenya

    Tragedy touches women’s basketball in Kenya
    NEWCASTLE (Paul Nilsen’s Women’s Basketball Worldwide) - It’s ever so easy to get caught up in the excitement of a summer which boasts so many fascinating and exciting tournaments or perhaps to focus far too closely on the big names and elite level teams around the globe.
     However, just occasionally, it probably does us all some good to actually reflect on how lucky we are to have this wonderful game and close-knit women’s basketball family as part of our lives.
    Even more so when you find out about the devastating death of a young female baller who loved the sport so very much but will sadly never get to bounce another ball or get to watch any big tournaments.

    I never knew Diana Akinyi but when reading about her death via Brian Ayieko at the excellent www.basket-in-africa.blogspot.co.uk, it was quite emotional to think of just how sad the circumstances were and the impact this has had on the entire basketball community in Kenya.

    In what has since been dubbed the ‘Mlolongo Tragedy’, a building collapsed just over a week ago in Kenya and while 15 people survived after sustaining serious injuries, Akinyi was unfortunately one of four people who were killed in the incident.
    She had previously played her basketball in the MTN Basketball League in Uganda with Kampala International University before returning home to play for Kenya Polytechnic or simply ‘The Poly’ as the team is affectionately known.
    Unsurprisingly, an emotional Victor Mak’Osewe who is head coach of the team told michezoafrika.com that Akinyi would be sorely missed.
    “She was one of the best defensive players and we shall really miss her,” he said
    “She was full of life, a leader and an experienced girl in the team.
    “Her sudden death is a big blow not only to our team but to the Kenya Basketball family,” Mak'Osewe added.
    The other reason this is a tragedy striking at the very heart of the basketball community is that her brother Davidson Olouch is also a baller who plays in the Kenyan capital.
    I had hoped when I wrote only a few weeks ago about Cameroon guard Ramses Lonlack and the camaraderie which exists between African basketball nations that it wouldn’t be re-enforced in this very painful context.
    This tragic loss isn’t just about Kenyan or African basketball. It’s one which certainly won't go unrecognised by the women's basketball family right around the globe – of that you can be absolutely certain.
    Therefore I would just like to end this short but hopefully thought provoking column by offering Davidson and his family my sincere condolences and by adding that I hope basketball can in some part give him the comfort and strength to get through losing his sister who shared his passion for the sport.

    Paul Nilsen Fiba.com

    UGANDA : Malinga keeps Warriors at apex

    Basketball: Malinga keeps  Warriors at  apex

    Malinga led Warriors to victory
    Warriors Henry Malinga waltzed to a game high 19 points as two-year runner-up Warriors took command of the Airtel national basketball league at YMCA grounds, Wandegeya, Sunday.
    Warriors, who have lost to D’Mark Power in the last finals, were spurred by Malinga as they beat KIU 61-56 in an exciting game.
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    Warriors 61 KIU Titan 56
    KIU Ranger 72 Nabisunsa 36
    Malinga was helped by Cyrus Kiviri and Ronnie Kasewu, who contributed 15 points each in a tight and exciting fight involving the top clubs that gave fans more reasons to flock to Wandegeya and enjoy such exciting games.
    KIU Titans were boosted by Salim Ali and Francis Kasekende, who also scored 15 points each in a low scoring game coupled by a number of turn overs from the university side and the cheap give away of balls, brought about by uncoordinated passes.
    They however got a consolation when their women team beat Nabisunsa 72-36 in the women competition.

    KENYA : KCA Tops NBA league

    Updated on 19/06/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

    Kenya College of Accountancy University is on top of the table in the women’s category in the N.B.A League after the last weekend’s matches.

    KCA has ammased 17 points having lost only one of their 9 matches and with their current form, it does not seem that they will be handing over the top spot anytime soon since the closest team to the Thika road based side is another student side, Kenyatta University’s Oryx with 14 points having won all their 7 matches.

    Multimedia and Madaraka based Strathmore Swords occupy position 3 and 4 respectively with MMU also having 14 points while Strathmore has 13 points. Mt. Kenya University and Footprints occupy the bottom of the table with the students having 9 points from 8 matches played while Footprints have 7 points winning only one of their 6 matches.

    In the men’s category (Zone B) Equity still continue to dominate the standings maintaining their 10 match unbeaten run with 20 points. Legacy follows closely with 18 points having lost 4 of their 11 matches. Strathmore University and Old Pirates hold position 3 and 4 respectively both with 17 points. Friends of Basketball Kenya close the Zone B table with 8 points have won only one of their 6 matches.

    In the men’s Zone ‘A’ standings Little Prince are at the helm with 19 points followed by Barclays Bank’s Eagles with 17 points. Position 3 and 4 go to Don Bosco (17 points) and students Kenyatta University (16 points). Kenyatta University is the only team in the category to be unbeaten. King Deaf and Zetech College are at the bottom of Zone ‘A’ with the latter having 10 points while the college side has 9 points.

    Of all the teams that participate in the league which is played at the Railways Club, JUAT Karen Campus (men’s category) is the only team yet to win a single match, having lost all its 9 outings.

    17 June 2012

    KENYA : Kenya Veterans basketball team beats Burundi

    Updated on 16/06/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

    The Kenya Veterans team beat their Burundi counterparts 50 -42 in an exciting match that was played at the Nyayo Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
    Ken Ondiek the Kenyan captain was the top scorer with 13 points while Nairobi Basketball Association League chairman Ronny Owino had 10 points together with Job Munene. Burundi’s Mategeko Nibaratua had 10 points.
    The Kenyan team started off strongly in the first quarter and they managed to get 16 points against Burundi’s 8 points. In the second quarter Burundi managed to improve their game in the second quarter but Kenya was still the better side and the quarter ended 15 -10 in favor of the home side to put the total points 31- 18 at half time.

    In the third quarter Burundi showed they were in for serious business and they trounced Kenya 12 points to 6 points. The fourth quarter saw a tight showdown between the two teams and the home side managed to take the day when they emerged victorious at 13 -12.

    Speaking to michezoafrika.com Ken Ondiek was delighted by the win despite the narrow margin saying this is a great start to a bright future where the region will be united through basketball,
    A meeting was scheduled after the game to chart the way forward for the initiative and Ondiek was optimistic that they would managed to spread the initiative to the rest of East Africa, “At the meeting we will discuss how we can involve other countries like Uganda, Tanzania and hopefully transform it to a tournament.”

    UGANDA : Gutsy KIU present huge challenge for Warriors

    KIU Titans blew their own cover by beating Airtel National Basketball League champions DMark Power 71-67 last SundayA similar performance is needed against Warriors, finalists in each of the last three seasons, to cement KIU’s credentials as title contenders.
    The victory over Power might just be the platform KIU can build upon. However, their major strength lies elsewhere – defence.
    This is among the primary ethos of coach Nimrod Kaboha. Enroute a 7-1 start to the season, KIU have let in 398 points, over 100 less than Falcons, the next best thing.
    That has not come at the expense of execution on offense. Kenyan guard Salim Ali is coming into his element after a slow start since joining from Heaters.
    He had 17 and nine rebounds last Sunday. Ali’s former teammate at Heaters, Michael Makiadi, also found his range for 12 points and 10 boards.
    Forward Richard Omondi, who defended guard Ben Komakech, a two-time MVP, might be asked to do the same against either Ronnie Kasewu or Cyrus Kiviri.“One game at a time,” said Omondi, perhaps relishing the task. The injury to Ivan Enabu and less minutes for Jude Ochen has heralded Kiviri into the spotlight.
    The off-season signing from Ndejje scored a game-high 25 points and nine rebounds to beat UCU Canons 78-64 and bury the narrow 71-68 loss to Power.
    Some fans even found the audacity to forget Ivan, arguably the most cheered player locally. “Who needs Enabu? Cyrus Cyrus…,” a section of the fans chanted.
    “This is my best game on the big stage. We were so determined not to lose after the Power result,” Kiviri, wearing a bright smile, said.
    Doing the same every week is the challenge now. Centre Sam Gombya remains the wall between opposing teams and the Warriors’ hoop.
    Gombya’s 19 points and 18 rebounds enabled them out-rebound UCU 48-34. Omondi, Brian Wati, Makiadi and Moses Olobo will pose bigger questions than UCU.

    16 June 2012

    NIGERIA : DSTV BasketBall League: Top 8 Playoff Ticket Excites Police Coach

    Police Baton’s Coach Mark Balogun is excited over his team’s qualification for the Super 8 playoff.
    Speaking after their victory against Nigeria Customs Basketball Club of Lagos by 57-56 points on Sunday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, Balogun, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, salutes his players’ resilient to making the Super 8, saying: It’s been a thrilling battle for the fourth slot of the Atlantic conference this season.
    I’m happy we finally made the playoff and all we can say is a big thank you the Police authority that believed in us. We appreciate the huge support they’ve given us till date.
    ìAlso, our fans have been by our side right from the start of the regular season till we made the cut at the buzzer-shot.î
    He promised to prepare his modest team ready before the first jump ball of the Super 8, saying: ìThe players and coaching crew can only repay our loyal fans with a fantastic performance during the playoff, as we hope to surpass our outing during the 2009/2010 season in Port Harcourt.
    ìOur mission now is to continue from where we stopped and put up a respectable performance in the Super 8 tournament.î
    The Police Baton secured their playoff ticket after recorded a double win over Comets Basketball Club of Lagos and Nigeria Customs by 62-55 and 57-56 points respectively last weekend.
    By Bamidele Olowosagba

    NIGERIA : Akashili Savours Zenith League Awards

    Reigning Nigeria women’s basketball league Most Valuable Player, MVP, and highest scorer award winner, Nkechi Akashili, who plays for the First Deepwater basketball club, has dedicated the awards to her teammates and coaches of the team.
    The soft-spoken combo guard disclosed this to P.M.Sports after her team won this year’s edition of Zenith Bank sponsored Nigeria’s women’s basketball league despite their lost to arch rivals, First Bank basketball club in the last match played last weeked.
    Akashili said she is delighted to have won both awards at the end of a hectic season that saw them played at three different venues, Kaduna, Ilorin and Lagos, where she helped her team to a third straight title.
    “I am so happy that I won two awards again this season and I must thank my teammates and coaches who believe in my ability to lead our team quest for the women league title. I am therefore dedicating this awards to all of them and promised to continue the good run during the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifiers coming up in Liberia,” the 10th All Africa Games Bronze Medallist concluded.
    Akashili scored a whopping 164 points at the final phase of the league to emerge the top scorer and went on to clinch the prestigious individual awards at the championship.
    She promised to continue from where the team stopped in the Nigerian league as they are set to take on other clubs from the FIBA Africa Zone-3 during the qualifiers in Monrovia, Liberia later in the year.
    By Bamidele Olowosagba

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