02 September 2014

ZONE V : Urunani retain Zone V crown, USIU claim women’s title

Finals: Men
KPA (Ken) 59-68 Urunani (Bur)
KPA (Ken) 28-63 USIU (Ken)
Third/fourth place play-offs
City Oilers (Uga) 71-67 Power (Uga)
KCCA (Uga) 69-61 Berco Stars (Bur)
Burundi’s Urunani Basketball Club retained the Fiba/Africa Men’s Zone V Club Championships title after beating hosts KPA 68-59 on Sunday at KPA welfare gymnasium in Mombasa, Kenya.
In the women’s category, last year’s first runners-up United States International University (USIU) of Kenya clinched the title after humiliating local rivals KPA 63-28 in the final.
Urunani almost missed out on taking part in this year’s competition due to financial troubles—only making the trip on the last minute after the intervention of Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza.
It was the third successive year that the Burudian outfit reaches the men’s final, having lost to Rwanda’s Espoir in 2012 in Kampala. They avenged by winning last year’s edition in Bujumbura after defeating Espoir.
In the third/fourth spot play-offs, City Oilers of Uganda, who were in the same pool with Espoir, finished third after beating compatriots Tiger Head Power 71-67, while KCCA of Uganda also ousted Berco Stars of Burundi 69-61 to claim the third spot in the women’s competition.
Individual awards
Urunani’s Elvis Hakizimana, who scored 78 points in five games, claimed the men’s top-scorer’s award, while KCCA’s Clare Lumunu was women’s top-scorer with 111 points.
Most outstanding players were Florence Kalume of Berco Stars and City Oilers’ Ben Komatech in women’s and men’s categories respectively.
Most Valuable Players were USIU’s Sarah Chan (women) and Landry Ndikumana of Urunani (men).

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