26 November 2013

KENYA : USIU storm Africa Champions cup quarters

  • 17 points from Hilda Indasi helped United States International University- Africa qualify for the quarterfinals of the 19th Africa Champions Cup for Women with a 61-44 win over Dolphins of Nigeria.
    The match played on Monday at the Salle Couverte Al-Massira gymnasium in Meknes, Morocco was the second win for the Kenyan ladies who now finish second in Group A with five points.
    Angola’s Premeiro D’Agosto was the group winner with six points from three wins.
    USIU set the tempo from the onset taking home the first quarter 20-12 and the second 13-9 for a 33-21 halftime lead.
    The third quarter was a more one-sided affair for USIU winning 19-8 as they proved unstoppable. Dolphins won the last quarter 15-9 but had no effect on the final scoreline.
    USIU had won the opening match 77-61 against host side COD Meknes before falling 45-71 in the second against D’Agosto.
    The George Mayienga side is likely to meet Kenyan rivals Eagle Wings in the quarterfinals on Wednesday if the Thomas Olumbo girls manage to finish third in Group B.
    Currently, Wings lie joint second with First Deepwater of Nigeria as both sides have three points each from one win and one loss.
    A second place finish will see Wings play COD Meknes in the quarters and are set to finish their group matches against Angola’s Interclube on Tuesday.
    Wings overcome Moroccan Tanger
    Ittihad Radi De Tanger will play Deepwater in the other match of the group. Wings beat local side Ittihad Radi De Tanger 60-37 in their opening match but narrowly lost 69-71 to First Deepwater in their second match on Monday.
    It was a match that the Kenyans showed real fighting spirit playing second fiddle to the Nigerians for the entire match.
    They trailed 38-46 at the breather and were 14 points down at the start of the fourth quarter. Captain Silalei Shani contributed eleven of the team’s 39 rebounds while Samba Mjomba and Evelyn Nora scored a three-pointer each from 13 attempts.
    Deepwater was victorious in the first three quarters winning 24-20, 22-18 and 15-09 respectively while Wings won the last 22-10. The result was encouraging to Wings who played Nigerians for the second year in a row at the tournament.
    “Last year in the same championship, we played Deepwaters and to say they thrashed us is an understatement. Today, we went down fighting,” assistant coach Evelyne Kedogo said from Morocco.  “A medal bracket in this championship is achievable, I believe in the ladies.”
    The quarterfinals are set for Wednesday with D'Agosto, Dolphins, USIU and COD Meknes having already qualified. D’Agosto will play the fourth placed team in Group B while USIU face off with the third place finisher.
    Dolphins will have a date with the top side in Group B with COD Meknes playing the second best side. Classification matches and the semifinals will be played on November 28 and finals on November 30.
    Collated Results: Group A- USIU 77 COD Meknes 61, Primeiro D’Agosto 72 Dolphins 52, USIU 45 Primeiro D’Agosto 71, USIU 61 Dolphins 44, COD Meknes 53 Primeiro D’Agosto 84; Group B- First Deepwater 39 Intercube 65, Eagle Wings 60 Ittihad Radi De Tanger 37, Eagle Wings 69 First Deepwater 71, Interclube 87 Ittihad Radi De Tanger 30.

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