NATIONAL boys basketball defending champions Upper Hill yesterday cruised to the semi-finals of the Kenya Secondary Schools Term One Games after beating Northern representatives Kang'aru 88-25 during a match played at Shanzu Teachers Training College yesterday.
Upper Hill will meet Mombasa's St George's, who eliminated Mandera
154-20 in the first semi. Match-wise, Upper Hill were in a class of
their own dominating all the four quarters, which they wrapped 24-01,
17-8, 29-6 and 12-10 respectively.
Upper Hill's Fred Malati bagged a game high of 20 points with
Emmanuel Kajula posting 15 points. Robin Mutuma was the losers' best
scorer with 15 points. Other players who played a key role in the Upper
Hill win were Martin Mugambi, Isaiah Ater, Garang Deng, Lee Samba, Tilen
Buluma, Desmond Otach, Ernest Onjula Augustine Sekiete, Joshua Omolo
and Simon Sekut.
Upper Hill coach Ronny Owino exuded confidence that they are going all the way in as far as the week-long event is concerned.
"I can't underrate St George's because they have good players but I
have a bank of equally good players who can beat any team. I have no
injuries so fo far and I am confident of victory," said Owino.
The second semi-final will pit Nzoia region's Friends Kamusinga
against Mang'u. Kamusinga sailed to the final after running over Lake
region's Ambira 88-52 in the match dubbed 'Mashemeji Derby' at Shimo la
Tewa School. The Moses Khaoya coached Kamusinga had the likes of Martin
Nandi, Keith Masinde, William Omondi, Patrick Oduor, Geoffrey Obuya,
Billy James, Teddy Omondi, James Mbugua, Paul Ekiru and Sidney Wekesa
also playing a key role.
Khaoya said: "We are aware of the task ahead in the semis because
Mangu have very focused player, but we promise to give them a run for
their money," he added.
To reach semis, Mang'u shot down Kirobon 48-37. The Aberdares region
team were dominant throughout the match-- sweeping all the quarters
29-19, 15-04, 27-18 and 17-11. Joseph Obiero posted game high of 12
points while Raymond Kimathi scored 11 points.
In the girls category, defending champions Shimba Hills booked a
ticket to the semis after punishing Moi Girls, Eldoret 88-32 in a match
played at Shanzu. Shimba recorded 11-19, 20-27, 07-24, 04-18 in all the
quarters. They will be up against Metropolitan's Loreto Girls who
thrashed Northern's Ogle 82-14 at Shimo La Tewa.
Shimba's Elsie Anyango was the top scorer with 18 as Maria Komba
posted 15 points. Parklands also from Nairobi sailed through to the
semis after sending packing Mabera 71-37 in a one-sided match at the