31 May 2014
RWANDA : Hoops league: Espoir face motivated IPRC today
Espoir will go top of the national basketball league table standings
if they win their two games this weekend against IPRC and 30-Plus today
and tomorrow respectively.
The league and playoffs defending champions will however face an
on-form league’s new entrants IPRC- Kicukiro today at Amahoro Indoor
stadium, starting at 4pm in a game that promises to be a real spectacle.
Much as Jean Bahufite’s side will go into the games as overwhelming
favourites, this game could go either way as fourth-placed IPRC-Kicukiro
are determined to book a place in the playoffs.
Espoir are currently ranked second behind APR but have played three
games less. They have 26 points from 13 matches, while APR have 27 from
“We want to win both games, and if it happens then we will be in line
for the third consecutive league title. IPRC will pose the biggest
threat . They are a solid side and have shown consistency,” Bahufite
told Saturday Sport yesterday.
His counterpart of IPRC-Kicukiro Albert Buhake said, “We are ready
and I believe we can upset the best team in the league. Beating them
would be a fantastic achievement for us.”
LIBERIA : 18-Year-Old Liberian Eyes NBA Draft
Liberian Noah Vonleh will play for a team in the American National Basketball Association (NBA) if selected in June
Big-Ten Conference Freshman of the Year
Noah Vonleh’s dream of playing in the NBA will be under scrutiny when
the 2014 Draft Combine opens on Thursday in Chicago.
American-born Vonleh is the son of Ms. Rennel Vonleh who moved to
Massachusetts from Liberia in 1994 after spending some time in the
neighbouring Ivory Coast.
He is one of the candidates willing to showcase their athletic abilities to executives, scouts, coaches and doctors.
Top NBA prospect, Vonleh joins the event with the Big-Ten Conference
Freshman of the Year award under his belt, after averaging 11.3 points
and 9 rebounds per game at the Indiana University (IU).
The 2.08m forward is a very athletic player who still needs to
improve some skills including his footwork and ball handling, but this
did not prevent him from declaring available for the 2014 NBA Draft.
During his press conference - held last month - alongside Indiana
University head coach Tom Crean, Vonleh said it was a difficult decision
to make, but encouraging messages from friends, former coaches, NBA
scouts, critics, media and more importantly, the encouragement from his
single mother, made him believe he can succeed in the Draft next month.
Vonleh spent only one season under coach Crean, but his numbers and
performances kept growing, and he thought it was time to follow the
steps of former IU Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller who were selected 1st
and 4th in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Coach Crean supported Vonleh’s decision, and highlighted his work
ethic. “We're proud of him. He's got an unlimited future because of his
potential, because of his character, because of his work ethic, the
talent is there, the weight and the strength that he's put on in a short
period of time,” Crean said of Vonleh.
When asked to talk about his game, Vonleh said: “I think I proved
that I've got a pretty good skill set. I can step out, shoot threes. My
post game has gotten a lot better, still a work in progress. I can still
improve on it. I can still improve on a lot of things in my shot,
getting my release quicker, being able to push the dribble out and do
different things like that; just to make myself an overall better
Usually the NBA Draft Combine determines whether participants have realistic chances of embracing the NBA world.
LIBERIA : Barrolle, Oilers Swell Chances in Basketball Championship
Snapshot from the Mighty Barrolle and Bardnersville Celtics’ game at the open-air Sports Commission on Broad Street
Barrolle, on Wednesday increases their chances for winning the 2014
Basketball Championship, when she thumped Barnersville Celtic, 71-62
points, reports Leroy M. Sonpon, lll.
The Rollers, in the first quarter, bowed to Barnersville Celtics
19-15 points, but led the remaining three quarters; 33-30, 47-35 and
Wednesday’s game was rescheduled from Saturday, May 3 because of the rain.
The basketball outfit of the Kanyan pepper boys, last month in their
strive to end their title famine in decades, pinned a number of
basketball teams, including LPRC Oilers 55-53 points.
So far, Rollers have suffered two defeats to Timber Wolves and NPA Pythons, 53-49 and 64-54 points respectively.
Former and current basketball champions, NPA Pythons and LPRC Oilers
surpassed Barrolle’s triumph. Both teams have so far lost a game.
However, in the second Wednesday’s game virtually youthful Timber
Wolves convincingly walloped Dream Team II, 107-52 points, while Oilers
boosted their chances over archrivals Pythons, winning 87-79 points.
The two games were also rescheduled from Sunday, May 4.
According to the fixture, the league continues today with two 2nd
division teams opening the floor; Uhuru Prince and Heats; and Cestos Morgars will face Dream Team II, in the first division.
Several spectators, including Mary Taylor, Siatta Mensah, David Nagbe
and Jenkins Nah on Wednesday expressed their hope for a continuous
favorite weather condition for the league to end successfully.
They urged the LBA management to take care of the generator to avoid
mechanical fault and should not rent the gym during scheduled games
Die-hard Barrolle fan, Madam Taylor said it is sad for the games to
be cancelled because of the rains and it is frustrating for the
generator to cause the deferment of games.
Nagbe and Nah, in separate interviews said it is not correct for the LBA management to rent the Sports Commission
30 May 2014
UGANDA : ity Oilers up for a Titanic test, A1 to get off the blocks
Photo Credits: Daily Monitor
City Oilers' guard Jimmy Enabu going for a basket during last season playoffs against KIU
Nkumba Lady Marines Vs A1 Challenge 6:30pm
City Oilers Vs KIU Titans 8:30pm
There is not much history between City Oilers and KIU Titans (and of
course any other team). The little there is dates back to last year when
Oilers (then new comers) faced defensive oriented Titans in the first
leg of the National Basketball League.
Oilers were on a run that KIU ended with a 48-47 edge. That was City
Oilers’ ugliest game of the season. No surprise it had to be against
Titans as they try to make it difficult for opponents. In fact the
Titans did a double on Oilers last season. The fourth quarter KIU
explosion handed them the regular season double in the 72-65 win.
It was different in the first round of the playoffs – City Oilers
swept the best of three series (76-56 and 70-56) against KIU to advance
and later emerged champions
The teams will continue to write their script when they face off this
evening at YMCA. KIU started the season with three wins on the bounce
and lost in overtime in their last game while City Oilers opened the
season with a lost a have won three straight.
Unlike last season when the university outfit had a lot of focus
defense, they seem to be balancing offense and defense more. They have
only scored under 70 points once in the four games they have played and
so have the City Oilers.
Meanwhile, A1 Challenge could finally get off the blocks when they
face Nkumba Lady Marines. A1 are sitting at the basement of the women’s
log with three losses in the three games played – falling to KIU, UCU
and Magic Stormers.
NIGERIA : NBBF Releases Zenith Bank League Playoff Schedule
The Nigeria basketball Federation (NBBF) on
Thursday released the schedule for the 10th edition of the Zenith Bank
Women's basketball league.
According to the federation, after 14 grueling matches across two
cities and two phases, eight teams; First Deep Water, First Bank,
Dolphins, Sunshine Angels, Customs, IGP Queens, Delta Force and FCT
Angels have qualified for the playoffs billed for Lagos.
The Playoffs also known as "The Final 8" is scheduled to hold from
12th - 22nd June, 2014 at the Indoor Sports hall of the National
Stadium, Surulere. The 9-day event commences with the technical meeting
on 12 June with the tournament tipping off the following day.
The group matches, which will be in a round robin format, will end on 19 June with the semi-finals holding on June 20.
Zenith All Star Game holds 21st June with the third place and finals billed for June 22.
The Bank will also reward 10 players and three officials who have
participated from inception of the Zenith Bank sponsorship from 2005
till date in order to commemorate its 10th anniversary of partnering
with NBBF, sponsoring the Nigerian female basketball league.
29 May 2014
KENYA : KPA Teams Post Big Basketball Victories
KENYA Ports Authority (KPA) teams posted
strong wins in their basketball premier league ties at the Nyayo
National Stadium gymnasium. Reigning champions KPA women had to fight
hammer and tongs before they nipped a hard fighting Sprite Storms 51-50
in a cracker. The men on the other hand had it easy as they crushed fast
fading Lions who have found winning difficuilt 82-56. Nairobi Aviation
College (NAC) were whipped 68-35 by United States International
At Upper Hill School, Griffin Ligare and Nelson Njau led Thunder to
an emphatic 83-44 thrashing of the University of Nairobi "Terrorists".
In lower division matches at the same venue, Little Prince beat Africa
Nazarene University (ANU) 49-43 in a close tie. Upper Hill School
thrashed Mombasa County 61-44 despite having tired players who had just
returned from the U-18s show in Kampala, Uganda. Kenya College of
Accountancy (KCA) thrashed World Hope 60-39.
KENYA : Equity Bank Women Stun Nazarene in an NBA League Encounter
EQUITY Bank women's team whitewashed Africa
Nazarene University 104-23 in a one-sided Nairobi Basketball Association
(NBA) match at Railways Club.
This was the first time a club was posting a century in the women's
league this season. Linda Mfuchi tallied 23 points, Eleanor Musundi
nailed 15, Samba Mjomba scored 14 and Denise Okoth bagged 11 for the
Gladiators pipped Strathmore University 38-37, Footprints nipped Jomo
Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Mt Kenya
University, Thika hit Zetech College 46-31. University of Nairobi
'Dynamites' beat Thika 45-27 while Zetech clobbered Africa Nazarene
In the men's category, Old Pirates scored a 58-43 triumph over Upper
Hill School while United States International University (USIU) beat All
Technical University of Kenya lost 49-52 to Machakos Hawks while
Strathmore rolled over Pac University 34-19. Catholic University of
Eastern Africa thumped Mt Kenya University (MKU) Nairobi 52-28.
UGANDA : Warriors, Power won’t give in on Enabu move
Ivan Enabu dribbles against KIU Titans last season. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA
By CLIVE KYAZZE
Thursday, May 29
The guard was unveiled by Power in the off-season but later decided to return to Warriors.
The squad assembled at Kati Kati Restaurant in
Lugogo included new recruits Ivan Enabu (Warriors), Abdullahi ‘Dulah’
Ramadhan (Falcons), Francis Odom (Rez Life), Moses Olobo (free agent)
and centre Philip Ameny (Falcons).
Few weeks after the unveiling, Enabu reportedly
declared he wanted to return to Warriors, the team that gave him his
only league ring in 2012. Power were furious. One of Uganda’s most
entertaining guards, Enabu is now sidelined because of the stand-off
between the two clubs.
“The ball is in his (Enabu) court. Once he puts
himself together, this issue will be history,” said Power official
Philip Kyomuhendo.“The Enabu issue is something we are not ready to
reveal to anyone until it’s fully settled,” he added.
There is talk in the basketball fraternity that
Enabu decided to switch the moment Warriors re-appointed Gad Eteu as
coach in pre-season. Enabu denies Gad’s return fueled his desire to join
Power. “Gad and I are cool. He is not the reason I decided to move,”
Enabu said. “My decision then was based on the urge to change
environment, but the decision to come back to Warriors is purely
The increased competition for playing time at
Power could have informed Enabu’s change of mind, some have suggested.
But the 2005 Africa Zone 5 MVP has dismissed that school of thought as
“I can be really competitive when I decide to be
so competition is the least of my worries,” he reasoned. Warriors,
clearly looking weaker without Enabu have persistently refused to
divulge details about the transfer saga. “Am not obliged to talk about
the matter, our CEO Ivan (Ntabazi) should be able to,” Warriors
president Ambrose Tashobya said. Ntabazi couldn’t be reached as he
failed to pick or return our calls.
Daily Monitor has learnt that Power paid Enabu
money before he signed on the dotted line. They are now demanding for a
refund before they can negotiate a deal to let the player back to
W: A1 vs. Nkumba, 6:30PM
M: Oilers vs. Nkumba, 8:30PM
27 May 2014
UGANDA : Omanye turns from hero to villain as KIU lose in overtime
KIU Titans have an ambition of becoming genuine
Airtel National Basketball League title contenders this year after so
many seasons as pretenders.
Tanzanian guard Chris Omanye is supposed to take
the mantle. On Sunday, he played both hero and villain as KIU lost for a
first time this year, a 73-71 overtime defeat by UCU Canons.
Omanye, 21 points, made both free throws to send
the game into an extra period. He made 10 for 10 from the charity line
including those two with six seconds on the clock to tie the game at
The umpire gave the UCU coach Nicholas Natuhereza a technical foul when Joseph Chuma attempted to make it a four-point game.
The lead changed hands on numerous occasions
during the additional five minutes until Omanye committed a reaching
foul on Boniface Okello.
As the forward converted for UCU, Omanye had
fouled out. In five minutes, the presumed leader of this exciting side
had played hero and villain to throw away a game they should have won.
Gritty defence gave them a double-digit lead. Even
when UCU trimmed it to seven heading into the fourth period, KIU had
limited Sudi Ulanga for most of the game.
The shooting guard came through the challenge with
a game-high 22 points despite not scoring in the first period. Ivan
Rumanyika’s 17 points, 13 rebounds and three steals swung the game
significantly. The season’s first overtime game also had Sam Aguti and
Subbi Kasujja impress with a futile 15 and 14 points respectively, the
former adding five assists
RWANDA : CSK shrug off loss to thrash UR-CoE 109-49
Mike Buzangu scored a game high 27 points as SCK walloped hapeless UR-CoE 109-49 on Sunday. File
BBL: SUNDAY RESULTS
30-Plus 41-94 IPRC
UR-Huye 91-68 Gisenyi
UR-CoE 14-104 Ubumwe
APR 60-20 UR-Huye
Cercle Sportif de Kigali recovered from Saturday’s defeat against APR
to thrash University of Rwanda- College of Education 109-49 in the
basketball league on Sunday.
The win moved the Rugunga-based side into second position with 26
points, level with reigning champions Espoir and one point behind
leaders APR, who stunned CSK with a narrow 65-64 victory on Saturday.
In Sunday’s big win, former Rwanda international Mike Buzangu scored
the game high 27 points, while Joseph Bukuru and Guillaume Ruzima added
21 and 14 points respectively.
“Saturday’s defeat was a big blow to our title hopes but we have
shown great character to get back to winning ways against UR-CoE,” said
CSK trainer Janvier Kamanzi.
Elsewhere newcomers IPRC-Kicukiro beat 30-Plus 94-41, while College
of Arts and Social Sciences (UR-Huye) hammered Gisenyi 91-68.
Meanwhile, the game between Rusizi and two-time reigning champions
Espoir on Sunday was postponed because of ‘commemoration day’ for 1994
Genocide against Tutsi in Rusizi District.
In women’s league, Ubumwe humiliated College of Education 104-14, while holders APR eased to a 60-20 victory over UR-Huye.
26 May 2014
TANZANIA : West Zone Three Off to Winning Start
WEST Zone 3 got their 'B Ball Kitaa' campaign off to a flyer after
they posted a 40-37 win over West Zone 4 in the opening match played at
the Gymkana Club basketball ground on Sunday.
West Zone 4, comprising of players from Ilala Boma and Magomeni,
started the game strongly and dominated the early proceedings of the
street basketball encounter, which was played in two halves of ten
Inspired by their captain Daniel Kapongo, Zone 4 took a six point
lead early in the first half but the winners turned the game on its head
after pulling level on six points before taking full control to open a
26-19 lead at the end of the first half.
John Saper and Jacob Marenga led the charge for West Zone 3, notching
9 and 6 points respectively in the opening half. B- Ball break dancers
enthralled the crowd with a stunning show at the break to excitement of
those in attendance.
There was a lively start to the second half with both teams showing
passion for victory. Although West Zone 4 tried their best to chase the
game, they found the going tough as Zone 3 players refused to surrender
Speaking post match, Western Zone 3 skipper, Ashraf Haroun said that
their opponents started well and had to change their approach to
overcome them. "We knew that it was not easy to penetrate their defence
for layups (two-point shot attempts) then we changed our offensive
approach, we started to shoot 3 points by using our point-guard
Marenga," he said.
West Zone 4's Kapongo rued his team's mistakes that contributed to
the loss but believes all teams played well even though. "We did some
mistakes, I agree we were not fast as we should but I believe we're
going to work on our problems and in the coming game we will emerge
victorious," he said.
TANZANIA : 'B Ball Kitaa' Starts in Dar On Sunday
DAR ES SALAAM basketball fans have been urged
to show up in big numbers in basketball competitions dubbed 'B Ball
Kitaa' which commence on Sunday at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club Spider's
One of the 'B Ball Kitaa' founders, Karabani Karabani told the
'Sunday News' that no entrance fee will be charged to fans who will turn
up to watch the matches which will be played in every Sunday.
"Anybody is allowed to come and watch games, regardless of colour,
race and even religion. Our slogan says that basketball is more than a
hangout, so there will be good music and we will have fun.
Let's come and enjoy life together," Karabani said. One of the
coordinators of the competition, Murshid Mudracat said yesterday that
all teams that have registered are ready for the tournaments.
He said the tournament will kick off from this afternoon. "Games are
going to start from tomorrow (today) and teams from the Eastern and
Western parts of Dar es Salaam will compete.
They are all in good form and almost all teams believe to be a good position to lift the trophy," he said.
He further said that teams which are participating in the 'B Ball
Kitaa' are the collection of different street teams in Dar es Salaam and
they are divided in to two groups East and West.
He further said it has been a year since 'B Ball Kitaa' started and
they have seen significant changes in awareness of basketball game and
different people have started to show their passion for the game.
"To some extent our aim has been fulfilled because we have witnessed some changes since the event started last year.
A good number of people have been posting comments on Social Media on how we could keep improving this event," he noted.
KENYA : Things falling apart for former basketball giants Lions
Lions, the oldest basketball club in
the country is going through one of its toughest period in the national
classic league’s history. After five matches played, they are yet to
register a win as their woes continue to deepen.
They lost their
key sponsor,Kenya Commercial Bank,KCB last season which led to the mass
walk out by virtually all but three of their experienced players .
Denis Opiyo, Victor Ochieng and Moses Wanjara are the only faces
remaining in the team from the one that reached playoff semifinals last
season. Furthermore, head coach Francis Ngunjiri and his assistant
Maurice Shitsama have never shown up in the team’s training as well as
Could this be marking the beginning of the end of the mighty Lions?
“No, I am sure we will bounce back soon,” said Opiyo. “We are
engaging a few prospective sponsors and their feedback is positive.”
Unlike in the past, the players have to manage themselves in the absence of a substantive technical bench.
The team solely depended on contributions from individual players to run their campaign last season.
Most of them were employed but it is not business as usual since their departure.
train at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka twice per week at a fees of Sh.
3, 000 every month which has kept away many players.
Lions fall heavy to Co-op
On Saturday, Lions lost 74-28 to longtime rivals and league champions
Co-operative Bank in a league match. Co-op led 32-17 at the breather.
Only seven players showed up for the match and could not match the bankers who were a full-house.
Nicholas Anyang top scored for the bankers with 17 points while Moses Ochieng scored 9 for Lions.
United States International University- Africa, USIU-A, had a double
win for the weekend. On Saturday, the students beat Blazers 62-18 as
Abel Nson scored 12 points from the three-point line against his former
Alvin Nyangweso added 16 points for USIU while
Blazers’ top scorer was Jay Michoma with 7. A day later, USIU was up for
their second win beating Equity Bank 55-45. Victor Bosire scored 10
points and Kevin Kigotho added 9 for the students.
highest scorer was George Omenda with 11 points. Varsity side Terrorist
continued with their fine run this season with a 38-33 comeback win over
Nairobi Aviation College.
Aviation led 22-16 at halftime after
registering 6-2 and 16-14 wins in the first two quarters. The third
quarter tied at 7-7 while Terror carried home the fourth with a 15-4
Co-op beat KCA
scored 11 points for Terror and Alit Makuac had 16 for Aviation. Blades
from Strathmore University was also on the winning side beating visiting
Nakuru Club 71-58.
Valentine Nyakinda scored 18 points for
Blades while Denis Makori top scored for Nakuru with 15. In the other
match of men premier, Kenya Airports Authority beat Kenyatta University
Shem Otieno had a game high 21 points for KAA
while Benson Moibi scored 13 for Pirates. Co-op Bank won 65-38 against
Kenya College of Accountancy- University, KCA-U, in their women premier
Grace Wanjiku scored 18 points for the bankers while
Rebecca Nkatha had 10 for the students. USIU-A had two wins for the
weekend; beating Sprite Storms 29-24 in a low scoring match and
65 KCA-U 38 (Ladies), USIU-A 66 Mennonite 15 (Ladies), Blades 71 Nakuru
Club 58, Parklands Baptist 32 Dankind Academy 69, Barclays Bank 44 ANU
31, Umoja 60 KCA-U 50, KU Pirates 50 KAA 79, Co-op Bank 74 Lions 28,
Blazers 18 USIU-A 62, Terror 38 Nairobi Aviation College 33, Sprite
Storms 24 USIU-A 29, USIU-A 55 Equity Bank 45
UGANDA : Work Cut Out for Silverbacks
In three weeks' time, the Uganda national basketball team, the
Silverbacks, will represent the country in the Zone V qualifiers here in
However, after their 54-64 loss to City Oilers in a friendly match,
they need a great deal of improvement; yet time is running out, writes
Poor preparations and lack of funds have been chronic issues for the
Silverbacks for a long time. However, that was solved with the creation
of a national team steering committee early this year.
The committee got to work in style by arranging a one-off Enoch Cup
between the Silverbacks and City Oil. With a trophy on hand and Shs 2m
up for grabs for the winner, this was meant to bring the best of the
national team ahead of more difficult tasks against the region's top
In the end, however, the Silverbacks flattered to deceive. This poses
several questions and doubts whether Uganda would lift Zone V
qualifiers for the first time since 2005. Uganda needs at least to reach
the finals in both the men's and ladies' categories to qualify for the
basketball Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted in Egypt next year.
Mandy Juruni, the national coach, knows the picture is not rosy. The
offence was blunt, ball rotation lacking, and most of all, the team had
no rhythm. They converted only three of 19 shots out of the arc as the
Oilers dominated the rebounds 46 to 33. Juruni admits it will be hard to
get rhythm before he trims down the team to 12 players.
With more than 20 players in camp, this has bred anxiety and
discontent as players remain unsure of their status. "They don't have
enough trust in us and we probably won't make the team but we just give
our all," says Geoffrey Soro.
The Ndejje forward was not included on the initial team but was later
summoned to take part in training. Another inclusion that surprised
many is that of Norman Blick, despite being dropped for missing
training. According to Juruni, Blick's fate lies in the hands of the
disciplinary committee but: "I definitely believe he will make my final
So with Blick back into the team, will we see Isaac Afidra, Ivan
Enabu, and Ronnie Kasewu who were dropped also doing the same? Juruni
remains cagey on that. As such, the scramble for places is tight and
with four foreign-based players expected to fly in this week, it leaves
eight slots for the locals.
Matters weren't helped when Juruni and his team missed training on
Saturday because the Lugogo arena wasn't available. The Silverbacks have
two training sessions this week starting Tuesday before Juruni will
select his final squad.
RWANDA : APR edge CSK in hoops league
APR 65-64 CSK
Espoir 85-66 UR- Huye
KBC 59-55 Gisenyi
UR- CE 51-108 IPRC
UR-CE 28-47 UR-Huye
APR MAINTAINED their lead at the top of the table after narrowly
beating Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) 65-64 in a national basketball
league game played on Saturday at Kicyiru SOS courts.
Sunny Niyomugabo scored 18 points and Jean Baptiste Kabayiza added 14 for the military side.
Patrick Buzangu scored the game high 25 points with his young brother
Mike Buzangu adding 20, but their effort was not enough to prevent CSK
from suffering a second defeat of the season.
CSK’s other loss came at the hands of the two-time reigning champions Espoir, who beat them 56-47 on March 8.
“I congratulate my players for this victory. We want to keep the
momentum throughout the second round,” APR’s Kenyan-born technician
Cliff Owour said. Owuor has won the league title five times with APR
since his arrival at the club in 2005.
The defeat leaves CSK in third place behind APR and Espoir, who
remain second following their 85-66 win over University of Rwanda School
of social sciences and arts.
25 May 2014
UGANDA : Ndejje edge Warriors in ugly show
Jonah Otim scored game high 19 points as Ndejje slipped past Warriors 53-49
Riham Warriors 49-52 Ndejje Univ. Angels
UCU Lady Canons 52-55 KCCA Leopards
Warriors are struggling. It was again evident last night when they
faced Ndejje University Angels at YMCA. Nearly all went wrong as the
dropped a second successive game.
took Warriors nearly eight minutes to score the first basket in the
third quarter, made 23 mostly unforced turnovers, connected just 14 of
66 field goal attempts (10-of-46 inside the arc) overall – a loss was eminent.
is a little few things for us. Most of it is mental. We lack cohesion
and guys are committing a lot of unnecessary turnovers.” Warriors coach,
Gad Eteu said after the game. “We are not attempting and making as many
baskets as we should” he added.
it ended in favour of Ndejje who at some point led by as many as 10
points. Thanks to Jonah Otim whose 6 of his game high 19 points came off
two wide open 3-pointers in the clutch. The guard also picked team high
think they are a good and experienced team that’s why they hang in
there. It’s also came to us as well – we lacked composure at times with
our shots and turned over the ball but we won.” Ndejje’s star forward
Geoffrey Soro (11 points, 8 rebounds) said.
Ochen scored team high 13 points for, Ronnie Kasewu added 10 points and
picked 10 rebounds and Henry Malinga contributed 9 points all from the
line as he went 0-for-5 from the field. The veteran post player grabbed
KCCA Leopards got off a winning start after Moreen Amoding’s 3-pointer
drew steel and the Leopards held on for a 55-52 win over UCU Lady
Canons. Martha Soigi and Flavia Oketcho led KCCA Leopards with 13 and 11
points respectively. Claire Lamunu contributed 9 points.
Odhiambo had 15 points for UCU, Vilma Acheng added 11 points and 14
rebounds. Moreen Amoding struggled to get her shot off all night going
2-for-21 from the field (0-for-9 beyond the arc).
UGANDA : Silverbacks struggle but coach Juruni adamant
Kampala- The vibe around next month’s Fiba
Africa Zone V Basketball Championships is growing mainly with the hope
that hosts Uganda will return to the heady days of 2005.
Nine years ago, Uganda went all the way to the
title with Ivan Enabu being declared Most Valuable Player (MVP) but it’s
been about finding new lows with every tournament.
Many feel that has been due to ill-preparation,
something you cannot point to heading into this year’s edition.
Expectations will definitely be higher and so will be the scrutiny. In
losing 64-54 to City Oilers on Thursday, the national team, recently
named the Silverbacks, invited the latter.
A crowd reminiscent of the playoffs watched in
both joy and anger at the Lugogo MTN Arena as coach Mandy Juruni’s team
failed to deliver anything close to a finished article, 21 days before
Add the fact that Uganda, though hosts, will be
underdogs in their own backyard and the gloomy faces will pile up. “Yes,
we struggled,” Juruni admitted. “We didn’t shoot well.”
understatement. The two sides combined to split 10 points for the entire
first quarter. You could quadrupled that for a final score of 20 but
basketball doesn’t work like that. Offensively, they were pathetic.
Defensively, they are at sea especially late in the game when James
Okello feasted on too many open lanes for 12 points. Ben Komakech had a
game-high 13 for Oilers, 10 in the third.
ENOC CUP - RESULT
Uganda Silverbacks 54-64 City Oilers
TODAY - AIRTEL NATIONAL LEAGUE
M: Sharing vs. Nkumba (3.30pm)
M: UCU vs. KIU (7.30pm)
W: Crane vs. KCCA (1.30pm)
W: KIU vs. Mak Sparks (7.30pm)
24 May 2014
ANGOLA : FAB Downplays Claims After Championship
Luanda — The chairperson of the Angolan
Basketball Federation, Paulo Madeira said Friday that the teams have no
conditions to complain about the regulation of national male senior
basketball championship, won in advance by Recreativo do Libolo of the
coastal Cuanza Sul province
The FAB official told Angop that the regulation has been discussed by
the technical council of the Federation and the clubs, in order to
avoid complaints during or at the end of the competition.
Madeira, who is fulfilling his first term in FAB, was answering the
complaint by the coach of 1º de Agosto club, Paulo Macedo, who defends
play-off rather than final four.
ANGOLA : Vitorino Cunha Defends Bonification Point At Regular Final Phase
Luanda — The former basketball national
coach, Vitorino Cunha defended on Friday in Luanda, the bonification
point for the team that ends in the first position in the regular season
of senior male championship.
Speaking to journalists, the African champion with national
basketball team and 1º de Agosto said that the bonification point in the
final phase should be a well conceived without anticipation of winner
of tournament in the last round. According to him, at level of
competitiveness of Angolan team, the rule on play-off or final four
increase the suspense and emotion in the last round. The advantage point
of the winner in the regular season is always important.
23 May 2014
UGANDA : Warriors look to prodigal son Okias against Ndejje Angels
Having lost to KIU Titans and made
to sweat for their victory over Nkumba Marines in their first two season
games, Riham Warriors have looked like a mid-table team.
One of the reasons for the indifferent start has
been a thin roster. Coach Gad Eteu concurs that the lack of numbers on
the bench has hurt them. “It is true,” said Eteu in regards to Warriors’
“But we are working to rectify that situation as soon as possible.”
that situation is expected to start today with the return of prodigal
son Steven Okias, who will be making a season debut.
Okias played for Ndejje last season, who are coincidentally Warriors’ opponents today.
three-time league top scorer departed Warriors last year after
revealing that the club had drifted away from the club’s vision of
recruiting young players and developing them as part of a family.
“He should certainly play tomorrow,” was Eteu’s
reply yesterday when asked about Okias featuring in today’s game. The
coach hinted that Ivan Enabu could also make a u-turn and play for
Warriors although the guard was unveiled at rivals Power during the
“We only have to sort out a few details to enable him (Enabu) feature for us tomorrow,” he explained.
The pair is expected to link up play with guard
Sedar Segamba, who has been the shining light with 28 points in two
games thus far. Ndejje will be hoping to improve their offensive
approach after their 59-39 loss against UCU Canons in their last game.
TODAY AT YMCA COURT
M: Riham Warriors vs. Ndejje University
W: UCU Lady Canons vs. KCCA Leopards
Falcons 77-55 Vegetarians
City Oilers 57-47 Charging Rhino
22 May 2014
UGANDA : Ladies' basketball heavyweights clash
Maureen Amoding tries to power her way past the KCCA defence during last seasons encounter at Lugogo. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
By Charles Mutebi
National Basketball League
Falcons 77 Vegetarian 55
City Oil 57 Rhinos 47
Women: UCU v Leopards
Men: Warriors v Ndejje
IT has been the biggest game in local women’s basketball for the last five years. Make that six.
Reigning champions UCU Lady Canons face the KCCA Leopards on Friday
at the YMCA in the first seasonal encounter of what is still the best
display of women’s basketball in the National Basketball League (NBL).
Female players in the NBL feel they get less attention than they
deserve but if there is one game that has tried to promote their cause,
it is UCU v KCCA.
The two rivals have split the last five championships, with UCU besting their rivals 4-2 in last year’s best of seven Finals.
But the Leopards have put themselves in a position to bounce back,
snatching the best player in the game (Peace Proscovia) from UCU as well
as the versatile Winnie Anyango from the Makerere Sparks.
The Canons will brace themselves for a tough battle for this year’s
title and Boniface Okello’s team will be boosted by the return of
The talismanic scorer was on the verge of leaving the university side
after completing her studies early this year. But she has been
convinced to stay and that makes the Canons title contenders again.
In the men’s NBL, the Warriors face Ndejje Angels as both sides seek
to bounce back from disappointing defeats from their last games.
The Warriors were defeated by KIU on the back of a questionable
display, similar to Ndejje’s low-scoring reverse to the UCU Canons.
21 May 2014
UGANDA : Falcons, Oilers in mid-week NBL action
Falcons Vs Vegetarian 6:30PM
City Oilers Vs Charging Rhinos 8:30PM
Falcons have not hit any humps in their start to this year’s National
Basketball League season partly due to the opposition they have faced
or are facing (if you like) thus far.
The six-time champions tipped off their campaign against league
freshers Sharing Youths, played Charging Rhinos on the weekend. Both
teams were very much on the receiving end of atleast 85 points from the
Vegetarian is next in the queue this evening at YMCA and their fate
might not be different. Syrus Kiviiri has scored atleast 20 points in
each of the games and being a natural scorer with an inherent desire to
put up numbers, Vegetarian will have trouble limiting the shooting guard
let alone stopping him.
With last season’s regular season MVP, Ben Okumu still struggling to
find the hands in the post that got him the accolade, Vegetarian might
have to go through other options in Grace Adra, John Otto and Vinnie
Jurua to cause any kind of scare to the Falcons.
Unlike most of the game days, both tonight’s match-ups will be
between men’s sides. The second game of the evening will see Charging
Rhinos who shocked UCU Canons in their season opening game and blown out
by Falcons on the weekend face defending champions City Oilers.
After a shock loss to UCU on the opening night, City Oilers have won
two in succession including the 82-81 edge of Power. As Nkumba Marines
will testify, Oilers have got no more room for complacence.
The team sheets and stats show Vegetarian and Charging Rhinos have got no chance in their respective encounters.
20 May 2014
UGANDA : League giants Power, Falcons on the gallop | NBL
Photo Credits: ChimpReports
Falcons' foward Steven Omony in action against KIU in an earlier game. He scored 28 points against Charging Rhinos on Sunday
It is now two out of two for Falcons and scoring atleast 85 points in each of the encounters. TheFalcons
made no work of the Charging Rhinos with an 86-58 victory on Sunday
evening. Steven Omony scored game high 28 points to lead the way for
Falcons, Syrus Kiviiri added 22 points and Steven Tumwesigye grabbed
game high 12 rebounds to go with 4 points off the bench. Rashid Male the only Rhino to reach double figures, had team high 16 points and Abel Omoding contributed 8 points.
the loss to City Oilers the last time out, Tiger Head Power bounced
back with a 76-63 win over new comers Diamonds in the Sun. Philip Ameny
scored game high 19 points and picked 9 rebounds to lead Power (2-1).
Paul Odong chipped in with 16 points and Paul Mwaka scored 10 points to
go with 13 boards. DITS (1-1) were led by Frank Ikabert with 16 points
and Felix Olaba added 15 points.
the women’s division, A1 Challenge suffered a third straight loss as
they fell 57-48 to Magic Stormers on Sunday. Mariam Birungi scored 15
points and picked 6 rebounds to pace A1.
Okot added 10 points. Stormers were led by last season’s regular season
MVP Carol Nyafwono with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Racheal Nanyonga
chipped in with 10 points.
Rangers beat fellow university outfit Nkumba Lady Marines 53-40 behind
Florence Nanyonga’s 21 points and 9 steals. Susan Amito backed her up
with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Barbara Gimbo had 17 points for Lady
KIU Rangers 53-40 Nkumba Lady Marines (Women)
A1 Challenge 48-57 Magic Stormers (Women)
Diamonds in the Sun 63-76 Tiger Head Power
Charging Rhinos 58-86 Krishna Falcons
UCU Lady Canons 41-38 A1 Challenge (Women)
Riham Warriors 60-65 KIU Titans
RWANDA : UR- Huye edge Rusizi, 30-Plus
THE UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA - Huye campus
registered crucial wins over Rusizi and 30-Plus in the ongoing national
basketball championship over the weekend.
The College of Arts and Social sciences beat last year's second
runners-up Rusizi 72-55 on Saturday before humbling 30-Plus 71-46 easily
on Sunday at Huye campus' gymnasium.
Head coach Charles Mushumba told Times Sport, "We are happy for the
results and this is all attributed to hard work. We have set ourselves
to finish inside the top four by the end of the season,"
"We are well aware it will require much effort but we will do
everything possible to ensure that we realise our target," added
UR-Huye now stand seventh with 20 points in 14 matches played this season.
Elsewhere, former champions APR trounced College of Education
(UR-CoE) 89-42 while United Generation Basketball (UGB) club smashed
last year's first runners-up Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) 77-64 on
Curently, APR lead the standings with 25 points in 15 matches while
reigning champions Espoir who were not in action this weekend are placed
second with 24 points and three games in hand.
The 2011 champions Cercle Sportif de Kigali are third with 23 points
from 12 matches played this season, together with UGB who have played
two more games than the latter.
Gisenyi and UR-CE sit bottom of the table tied jointly on 15 points but the latter has three games in hand.
APR BBC: 25 Pts (PG: 15, W/L: 10/5)
ESPOIR BBC: 24 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 12/0)
CSK BBC: 23 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 11/1)
UGB: 23 Pts (PG: 14, W/L: 9/5)
Rusizi BC: 20 Pts (PG: 13, W/L: 7/6)
IPRC-Kigali BBC: 20 Pts (PG: 13, W/L: 7/6)
UR-Huye BBC: 20 Pts (PG: 14, W/L: 6/8)
KIGALI BC: 18 Pts (PG: 13, W/L: 5/8)
30 Plus BBC: 17 Pts (PG: 14, W/L: 3/11)
GISENYI BC: 15 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 3/9)
UR-CE BBC: 15 Pts (PG: 15, W/L: 0/15)
UR-Huye 71-46 30 Plus
UGB vs CSK (Postponed)
UR-Huye 72-55 Rusizi
APR 89-42 UR-CE
Kigali 64-77 UGB
SEYCHELLES : National leagues - Drifters stun heat, HotShots grab tough win
Drifters stunned Beau Vallon Heat on Sunday at Victoria Gymnasium, while the other potential title contenders all grabbed wins.
In the women’s league, HotShots had to fight hard to defeat rivals Mont Fleuri.
men’s division one match between Drifters and Beau Vallon Heat looked
likely to be an easy win on paper for the latter, but as we all know in
sports anything is possible.
The game started as close as it
ended, with the Heat leading 19-17 at the end of the first quarter.
Drifters came out stronger in the second quarters, outscoring their
opponents by three points (20-17), to head into the half-time break with
a one-point lead (37-36).
The second half started with more of
the same, this time Heat managed to regain their advantage, taking the
score to 54-53. The final quarter saw both teams battling hard to try to
take the spoils and despite fatigue, this was the highest scoring
quarter with Drifters scoring 28 compared to Heat’s 25 to grab an 81-79
victory. Ervin Agathine led the scores with a 34-point
contribution for the Drifters, while Robert Leon scored 26 to lead the
Heat in scoring.
In other games, Premium Cobras managed an easy
win over RC Dynamics who are only back in the division after the
disbandment of Angels.
It was always going to be a tough task
for the Roche Caïman side and Cobras’ quality shone through as they
collected a 76-47 win. Amadou Sylla led the scores with 15 points for
MBU Rockers were up against Praslin Warriors, a side who showed up at Victoria Gymnasium with only five players.
the five players to play the whole game without rest was surely a very
tough ordeal but they remained determined throughout, and had they had a
full squad, the result might have been different. At the end of the
game, despite the impressive Jackson Auguste’s game-leading 21 points,
the Warriors were unable to get the win, as MBU Rockers ran out 74-62
In the other big game of the weekend, Baya met Mont
Fleuri Dawgz in a match billed as a close encounter. But in the end,
Baya who were led in scoring by Timmy Adam with 20 points, managed to
win it easily. The final score was 68-54.
The only second
division match played at the weekend saw Serge Radegonde score 26 points
for Razors who collected a 65-62 victory over Juniors.
women’s league, Mont Fleuri met HotShots and the Anse Boileau-based team
started the brighter to lead 11-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Mont Fleuri fought back in the second and outscored their opponents 16-9 to lead the game 22-20 at the end of the first half.
Fleuri played with the same momentum in the third quarter, winning 10-4
to lead the game 32-24. It was in the final quarter that things went in
HotShots’ favour as they managed to score 25 points compared to 15 for
Mont Fleuri, edging ahead for a 49-47 win.
HotShots’ Sheriffa Agathine and Mont Fleuri’s Bernadette Songor scored 12 points apiece.
19 May 2014
ANG0LA : Libolo Crowned Champions Of Bai Basket
Luanda — After beating on Saturday 1º de
Agosto by 78-77 at Luanda's Victorino Cunha Arena, Recreativo do Libolo
won the national senior males basketball championship (BAI Basket).
Recreativo do Libolo lead the competition with 19 points, while 1º de Agosto occupy the second place with 16 points.
Even if Revreativo do Libolo lose the last two games, they will
always top the competition with 21 points, a score that is unreachable
by any other team.
UGANDA : Charging Rhinos look to upset Falcons
By Charles Mutebi
National Basketball League (YMCA)
Nkumba v KIU
Stormers v A1
Diamonds v Power
Rhinos v Falcons
THE Charging Rhinos began the season with a headlining comeback-win over the UCU Canons in the National Basketball League.
Today at the YMCA, Famy Sebantandira and his colleagues can show what their victory was all about.
While the 59-57 win over UCU was largely treated as an upset, the
Rhinos are team that has been on a steady rise for the last three
seasons and it may be that all the steps of improvement are beginning to
Against, the title-chasing Falcons, Hamza Nyambogo’s young side can make another statement even if they don’t ultimately win.
The Falcons are much more organised than last season when they
finished the regular season in seventh, one spot ahead of the Rhinos.
Under the leadership of new chairman Friday Kagoro, the six-time
champions are looking to go a step further than the last two campaigns,
which ended with defeats in the Finals.
The Falcons looked good in their season-opening 87-57 demolition of
Sharing Youth and are likely to make it two wins out of two.
In the second men’s NBL affair, Tiger Head Power will look to bounce
back from their memorable one-point loss to champions City Oil last week
when they face newly-promoted Diamonds in the Sun.
The Diamonds lost heavily to the KIU Titans in their last affair and
they will have to be much better to avoid another hammering.
In the women’s NBL, the Magic Stormers face A1 Challenge while the Nkumba Marines are due to meet KIU Rangers.
17 May 2014
UGANDA : Gombya adjusting to life at KIU Titans
Sam Gombya quit Warriors for KIU Titans. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
By Charles Mutebi
National Basketball League (Today, YMCA)
Women: UCU v A1
Men: Warriors v KIU
SAM Gombya spent three mysterious years with the Warriors outfit.
Now the enigmatic seven-footer is in the initial stages of life as a
KIU Titan and it will be interesting to see how one of the most puzzling
players in the National Basketball League (NBL) reacts to a change of
Today at the YMCA, Gombya’s past meets his present as the Warriors face the Titans in the men’s NBL.
It’s hard to know how Gombya will react to the occasion because few
things are predictable when it comes to the imposing centre.
As the Warriors painfully found out over the last three seasons, Gombya makes his own rules and often at a whim.
But KIU are hoping Gombya will add an extra dimension to what is an already balanced team.
Gombya is not the only one facing his immediate past in this game.
Joshua Etalu was KIU’s official captain last season but is now back with the team he helped win the 2009 championship.
KIU comfortably won their first two games of the season while the
Warriors won their opener but all those victories came against
This game, therefore, represents either side’s first real test of the season.
Meanwhile, in the women’s NBL, A1 Challenge are concerned about their
lack of size ahead of today’s encounter with reigning champions UCU
“We are short on bigs right now,” confessed A1 assistant coach Mavita Ali yesterday.
Put differently, it is a recipe for A1’s second defeat of the season
RWANDA : Rwanda’s U18 lose continental bid
FIBA U18 Zone V Championship
THE national junior teams failed to book places to the continental
championships after losing their final matches in the Fiba Zone Five
Championship which climaxed on Thursday in Kampala, Uganda.
The boys’ team which went into the championship as defending
champions lost the title to hosts Uganda after losing their final game.
Uganda beat Rwanda with a narrow score 63-61 to lift the regional
title and book a ticket to the African tournament which will be held in
In the women’s category, Rwanda lost to winners Uganda by a 20-point
gap, with the hosts registering a 73-53 win to qualify for the Africa
U18 championships scheduled to be held in Madagascar later this year.
Rwanda’s women team finished bottom while Kenya was last in the boy’s category.
This was Uganda’s third title. The country’s two titles were won in
the 2005 Fiba Men’s Zone V championship and the 2009 U-18 girls Zone V
16 May 2014
ANGOLA : Libolo Beat Interclube and Narrow Basketball Title Race
Luanda — Recreativo do Libolo defeated on
Thursday Interclube by 79-76 at Luanda's Dream Space arena, in the last
game of the third turn of the Final Four phase of the national senior
males basketball championship (BAI Basket).
With this result, the central Cuanza Sul province-based Libolo club
lead the competition with 17 points and is just two games away from the
National Men Basketball Championship title.
Recreativo do Libolo is only depending on itself to win the trophy,
while the opponents have their fate dependent on other encounters
scores, when it is missing three matches to end the competition.
For the same round, 1º de Agosto beat Petro de Luandas by 86-85 at Luanda's Victorino Cunha arena.
1º de Agosto occupy the second place with 15 points, while Petro de Luanda are at 12 position with 12 points.
Interclube are at the bottom of the table with 10 points.
TANZANIA : Dar Set to Host 16-Team Union Basketball League Next Month
DAR ES SALAAM basketball fans are bracing for
another exhilarating event when the city hosts the Union Basketball
League next month.
The event will come hardly a month after the city successful hosted
the East and Central Africa Inter-cities basketball tournament at the
National Indoor Stadium.
The Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) Commissioner for
development, Manaseh Zablon, told the 'Daily News' that they are
currently preparing for the Union league which will commence on June 26
"After successfully hosting the East and Central Africa Inter-cities
basketball tournament, now we have the Union league next month," he
Manase verified that 16 teams from Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar
will take part in the Union league. "There will be eight teams from
Tanzania Mainland, four for men and other four for ladies.
The same number of teams from Zanzibar will compete in the league,"
he noted. He added that the league involves teams which finished in the
top positions in the national basketball league.
He named the men's team from Tanzania Mainland as Army Basketball
Club (ABC), Vijana 'City Bulls', Savio and Chui, while the ladies teams
are Jeshi Stars, Don Bosco Lioness, Vijana and JKT Stars.
ANGOLA : Seven Females Basketball Teams to Play Angola Cup
Luanda — Seven senior females teams will
start playing on 20 May in the central Benguela province the first
eliminatory of Angola Cup in basketball.
The teams include Interclub (title holders), 1º de Agosto, Desportivo
Maculusso, Sporting do Bié, Universidade Lusíada, Sporting de Benguela
and Misto da Huíla.
The second most important competition under the aegis of the Angolan
Basketball Federation (FAB) reserves for the first eliminatory the match
between Sporting Petróleos Bié and Desportivo do Maculusso.
For the same round, Universidade Lusíada and Sporting de Benguela
will face each other, while 1º de Agosto will receive Misto da Huíla.
The two-leg final will be played in Luanda on 7 and 8 June this year.
15 May 2014
UGANDA : We are working for the championship game – Eteu
Gad Eteu talking to his players during a timeout of the Warriors - Nkumba game Photo Credits: Basketball 256
learning of how the basketball clubs’ off season business was done, it
comes to you naturally that it will either be Tiger Head Power or City
Oilers who will be crowned champions come December when the 2014
National Basketball League season hits the peak. Their first leg
match-up last Friday cements that feeling.
City Oilers added experience in Jeff Omondi and Ben Komakech on last
season’s championship winning team. Power has the biggest bench in
league with half of it good enough to start. Basically the two teams are
However, Riham Warriors’ coach, Gad Eteu argues that having stars on
your team does not necessarily make you win the championship. “It is
something else having stars and winning the championship. You have got
to be a team and that is what we want to establish.” he said.
Warriors brought in Javan Odhiambo, Sedar Sagamba and Michael Mukula
during the off season to replace mostly bench players in Yunzu Maige,
Jacob Tokmac and Noel Hesbon (with the exception of Sam Gombya) who left
the club. Eteu believes that the trio along with the old players can
push the club forward.
“The players we have are ok – for now” he said. “Mark (Opio) will be
back by the end of the month, Eric (Malinga) is in the gym, he will be
ok to play some part this season. The rest of the guys are fine”
Ivan Enabu who made a u-turn after being unveiled by Tiger Head Power
is yet to be cleared to play for Warriors. “He (Enabu) is awaiting
FUBA’s clearance and he will play”
Having missed to play at the finals last year (after back-to-back
appearances), Warriors’ aspirations for the season are bare. “We are
working for the championship game” Eteu told Kawowo Sports.
14 May 2014
KENYA : Thunder rediscovers winning touch
May 13, 2014
Thunder registered their first win of
the season over the weekend beating Mennonite 70-57 in a national
classic league match played at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
The last season’s quarter finalists have found the going tough this
year, forfeiting the opening three matches. The win on Saturday came as
Griffin Ligare led the scores for Thunder with 21 points while Felix Odhiambo scored 24 for Mennonite.
was a dominant show for the Faustin Mgendi side after leading 32-26 at
the breather. Mennonite won the first quarter 14-13 with Thunder taking
the second 19-12.
The third quarter was Thunder’s share winning
25-18 before the fourth tied at 13-13. Champions Co-operative Bank kept
their winning streak intact with a 79-48 victory over Equity Bank.
Co-op took command of the game with a 41-13 halftime lead and had James Mwangi scoring 19 points.
Ogedi scored 13 for Equity. It was, however, business unusual for
Lions who lost their fourth straight match going down 77-64 to a strong
Kenya Airports Authority, KAA on Saturday.
Lions fall, Ulinzi win
Lions squandered a 35-30-half time lead after scoring 32-12 in the
first quarter. Complacency creeped in, in the second quarter as Lions
lost 18-3 to give KAA the advantage.
KAA won the third quarter
19-13 to take a one-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter. They
eventually broke away and won the last quarter 28-16.
Mwema scored 14 points for KAA while Victor Ochieng had 15 for Lions.
Blazers had a bad outing losing two straight matches.
loss was 72-38 at the hands of Nairobi Aviation College. Aviation
recorded a comeback win overturning Blazers’ 38-35-halftime lead helped
by 18 points from Job Byron. Joseph Kosgei scored 12 for Blazers.
who scored a slim 67-63 win inflicted their second loss. Ulinzi
Warriors extended their unbeaten run with a 75-60 win over KAA on
Sunday. Erick Mutoro scored 15 points for the soldiers while Mark Ouko
had 13 for KAA.
Ulinzi won all quarters 12-10, 13-9, 23-15 and
27-26 respectively. Africa Nazarene University was the biggest loser in
division one after failing to show up for their two matches. As a
result, Zetech College and Parklands Baptist were awarded 20-0
Umoja reaped heavily from the weekend action winning 64-37 against MKU Eldonett and 74-32 over World Hope.
Weekend Results: Saturday-
Zetech College 20 ANU 0, Little Prince 52 Trailblazers 46, Dankind
Academy 67 Lakeside 46, Umoja 64 MKU Eldonetts 37, KAA 77 Lions 64,
Thunder 70 Mennonite 57, Nairobi Aviation College 72 Blazers 38; Sunday-
Parklands Baptist 20 ANU 0, World Hope 32 Umoja 74, Zetech College 56
Barclays Bank 48, Dankind Academy 76 MKU Eldonetts 45, Little Prince 43
Lakeside 48, KAA 60 Ulinzi Warriors 75, Mennonite 67 Blazers 63, Equity
Bank 48 Co-op Bank 79.
UGANDA : Big dreams behind JKL Dolphins Basketball Club
JKL Dolphins' assistant coach Henry Malinga (blue) issuing instructions during a breather at practice
plays a positive role in youth development, including improved academic
achievement, higher self-esteem and fewer behavioural problems.
Competence, confidence, connections, character, and caring – which are
considered by many as critical components of positive youth development
are the focus of youth sport.
Dr. Emmanuel Elobu, Emmanuel Angwella, Fredricks Owora and Gad Eteu
can’t agree more as that was in sight when starting ‘Just Keep Living’
(JKL) Dolphins basketball club – team made up of school going players.
“It is all about the development of (youth) players in all aspects of
life. We want them to ‘just keep living’ no matter what” Angwella told
The literature on youth sport stresses the positive effects of
participation in learning the important life skills of goal setting and
time management combined with enjoyment; the development of a strong
sense of morality; and the development of an appreciation of diversity
“This is a group different players that were hand-picked. We want to
nature these guys along the line they wish to if they are not playing
basketball” Eteu said.
One of the major issues that have affected sport in this country has
been finance. Basketball giants – Power, Warriors and Falcons let alone
City Oilers have given proper demonstrations by landing deals with
different companies to finance the clubs and JKL proprietors’ are
looking in a similar direction. “We have given it five years to develop.
We are using our incomes to finance the club activities at the moment
but we want this club to finance its activities within that period (5
years) of time. We want to have as many partners on board as we can.”
Under the guidance of Brian Wathum assisted by local basketball
legend Henry Malinga and the determination of the proprietors JKL
Dolphins might be the next big thing in Ugandan Basketball. JKL is
currently playing Division 2. “We want Dolphins to be the most
competitive club in the region. We want to be up there in 5 years”
Angwella told Kawowo Sports.
You can follow the activities of the club on social media. Facebook: JKL Dolphins Basketball CLUB Twitter: @jkldolphins256
ANGOLA : Libolo Defeat Petro and Consolidate Leadership
Recreativo do Libolo crushed Petro de Luanda by 121-90, last Tuesday
at Cidadela pavilion, in Luanda, in the main game of the second round of
the third leg of the final phase of the National Senior Male Basketball
By half time the Libolo team were already in advantage of six points (57-51).
For the same round, 1º de Agosto defeated Interclube by 89-69 at Victorino Cunha pavilion.
With this result, Recreativo do Libolo now haves 15 points in the
leadership and are closer to conquering the title. 1º de Agosto come
second with 13 points, followed by Petro de Luanda with 11 points, while
Interclube stand in the last position with nine points.
13 May 2014
GAMBIA : GBA Pays Homage to Former Referee
Officials of the Gambia Basketball
Association at the weekend pays homage to former referee Seth Williams
after the United States Peace Corps' volunteer announced his departure
from the country following three years of service to the GBA.
Williams who goes by his Gambian sobriquet Lamin Jaiteh was posted in
Dobong village of the Central River Region as an agriculturist but has
also volunteered to work with the Gambia Basketball Association as a
referee, and has definitely left a mark in the development of the sport
in the country under the leadership of Muhammed Papa Njie.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Observer Sports at the
weekend, Williams who also worked with the YMCA and the Kotu basketball
team says he was sad to be leaving the Gambia having built a strong bond
with several Gambians. He added that, his love and knowledge of the
game, he deems it necessary to offer help to the GBA.
Williams who added that he has learned about cultural diversity in
the Gambia added that he has now seen the real reason why the Gambia is
known as the smiling coast of Africa. He added that, Gambians are
loving, caring and nice people. "The benefit I learned from my stay in
The Gambia will make a lot of good impact in my life, among them are the
importance of family and that I want to take back home," he added,
while urging the country's basketball to keep practicing, be obedient,
hardworking, diligent and understanding so as to achieve their goals.
"Though the association is still very young, it is heading to the right
direction," he added, while hailing the GBA officials for their support.
He also thanked the Jaiteh Kunda family of Dobong for showing him love
and care while he stayed with them. "I have made families and friends
and am really going to miss them, they are my family now hopefully I
will be able to see them again Insaallahu," he added.
The Gambia Basketball Association in a show of appreciation to his
efforts in the development of the sport awarded Williams a certificate
and undisclosed materials as a presents.
His sending off was also organised to coincide with a domestic
basketball game. Games were played between Wednesday and Friday where
Wallidan beat Lamin by 99 points to 55. Wallidan also defeated Brikama
by 60 points to 45 while St. Augustine's were given the points without
kicking a ball after Lamin failed to show up for the game. In Saturday's
games, Gambia Armed Forces secured 32 points to 19 defeat of Kotu in
the female category while Old School were defeated 48 points to 37 by
Kotu in the male category.
TANZANIA : Tanzania to Host 2015 ECA Inter-Cities Basketball Meet
TANZANIA will for the second consecutive time
host the 17th edition of the East and Central Africa Inter-cities
basketball tournament next year, officials revealed over the weekend.
This will be the fourth time the country plays host to the championships.
The founder of the tournament and former national basketball team
player, Simon Msofe, said that Dar es Salaam has once again been voted
to welcome different cities from Africa for the event.
"We have confirmed that Dar will host the championships next year. We
are very happy to host again and we believe we will have a very good
tournament next year," he told players and fans who gathered at the
National Indoor Stadium for the final game in which Egyptian city Cairo
beat Garowe of Somalia 88-74 to win the men's trophy.
Msofe noted that since they launched the tournament the awareness
went on rising every year and they are witnessing amazing talents from
"It has been very well with us... every year we've witness young
talented players performing well and even today they showcased their
skill," he said. "All teams faired very well and with good preparations,
we hope to witness a more exciting competition next year."
The Ilala Municipal Mayor, Jerry Slaa, who was the chief guest, made a
passionate call to all stakeholders in the country to invest in
basketball, saying it is a very good game which can be an asset for
youth and the public.
"I can say that basketball is a loveable and enjoyable game, but we
need to increase investment in it and stakeholders should start to
invest in this game because it can be a good asset to youth and the
society," he said.
Cairo City captain Nour Emad said Dar es Salaam hosted the tournament
very well and all teams were fully prepared, especially the team they
met in the final.
"In Dar es Salaam, we felt like we were at home throughout the
championships. I mean, I didn't feel the difference between here and
home," he said.
"All teams were well prepared, there were some challenges, especially in the last game, but we triumphed," he added.
Tanzania has already hosted the Inter-cities tournament thrice in two cities -- Dar es Salaam which hosted it twice and Mwanza.
More than 14 cities from East and Central Africa participated in this
year's championships with Cairo emerging men's champions and Nairobi
retaining the women's title.
NIGERIA :Police Baton Will Escape Relegation - Coach
The Police Baton Basketball Club of Lagos,
currently threatened by relegation in the ongoing 2013/2014 DStv
Atlantic Conference competition, on Monday vowed that it would escape
from the mucky waters.
Police Baton currently occupies the seventh position on the Atlantic Conference eight-team log.
The Coach, Leo Kareem, said in Lagos that the team would not be relegated in spite of its current position on the log.
The teams Week 9 loss to Union Bank of Lagos 69-79 has, however, further compounded the club's woes.
Union Bank is currently fourth on the log having won six games out of nine played so far.
Kareem, who led the team in the absence of Head Coach, Mark Balogun,
said that all hope was not lost yet because the season was still open.
"We are not going to be relegated, truly there are few games to go, but we will surely make it at the end.
"We still have five matches to go before the end of the season out of
which one team will be relegated from the conference, so we still have
great chances of escaping relegation.
"If we cannot make it as one of the first four teams for the Play-offs, at least we can escape being relegated," Kareem said.
Meanwhile, Chris Nomigo, the Head Coach of Dodan Warriors of Lagos,
has expressed happiness over his team's brilliant displays and their
strings of victories in league.
Warriors are currently third in the conference having won their last three games.
This was, however, after the club's shocking loss to Nigeria Customs in their Week 6 encounter in April 11.
Nomigo lauded his players' performances over Oluyole Warriors of
Ibadan, saying that the 69-59 humiliation of the high ridding Oluyole
The coach, who in the current season took over from versatile Coach
Peter Ahmedu, now with Mark Mentors of Abuja, admitted that following
his predecessor's records was imperative.
He also said that his team would continue to wax stronger and that all hands were on deck to see them do well.
"I'm confident of my team turning out good results until the end of the current season.
"We lost to Oluyole in Ibadan in our first leg encounter, but
defeating them in Lagos with a wider margin shows our edge in the
competition and our ability to win," Nomigo said.
Dodan Warriors next game is against current log leader, Lagos
Islanders, who on Friday beat Royal Hoopers, 65-60 in Port-Harcourt to
Dodan Warriors had also defeated Islanders, 69-59, in their first leg encounter played in March in Lagos.
"We are aware of Islanders' current form and it promises to be a
tough match indeed, but I have good confidence in my players," he said.
In another match, Lukman Kuti and Emmanuel Balogun of the Nigeria
Customs proved too hot for visiting Kwara Falcons as Customs pounded
Kuti and Balogun scored 15 and 13 points respectively, leaving
Falcons players mesmerised, especially in the third quarter when Customs
sealed the victory.
RWANDA : Espoir maintain unbeaten record
Rusizi 101-43 UR-CE
APR 50-56 IPRC-Kigali
UR-Huye 74-55 UR-CE
UGB 56-40 30Plus
Espoir 68-58 APR
DEFENDING champions Espoir Basketball Club continued their dominancy
in the national basketball league as they registered a 10-point gap
against APR to maintain the lead at the summit of the standings over the
They registered a 68-58 win over rivals APR on Saturday to move to 24 points in 12 matches played this season.
Closest arch rivals CSK who never played over the weekend are joint
second with APR on 23 points. However APR has played two matches more
than Espoir and CSK. UR-Huye won their fourth game of the season,
beating UR-CE 74-55 while United Generation Basketball defeated 30 Plus
56-40 on Saturday.
On Sunday, Rusizi thrashed UR-CE 101-43 as APR beat IPRC-Kigali 50-56.
UGB stand fourth on the ladder with 21 points in 13 matches; followed by IPRC-Kigali in fifth position with 20 points.
Gisenyi and UR-CE are placed bottom of the standings with 15 and 14
points after playing 15 and 14 matches respectively this season. The
Nyamirambo-based club, Espoir who have won the league and playoffs
titles for the past two consecutive seasons are keen to maintain the
dominancy according to head coach Jean Bahufite.
Espoir set the record of winning the league title three times in a
row from 2003 to 2005 and that was equaled by their archrivals APR in
2006, 2007 and 2008.
The reigning league and playoff champions are planning to finish the league with an unbeaten run.
12 May 2014
TANZANIA : 'Dream Team' Settle Third in Inter-City Basketball Meet
HOSTS Dar es Salaam men's side popularly
known as 'Dream Team' settled third after they beat Citizen City from
South Sudan 59-49 in the Inter-city basketball tournament encounter at
the National Indoor Stadium.
The lunch -time third place play off match attracted a good number of
basketball fans was thrilling and mouthwatering as both teams put up a
Dream team started with a high tempo in the first quarter, scoring 21
- 11 points, thanks to an outstanding performance by their shooting
guard Erick Lugola, who scored 18 points alone in the whole game.
The Sudanese recovered in the second quarter, in which they looked
more aggressive and scored 14 points, while Dream team posted 12 points,
meaning at the breather the scored board read 33-25 in favour of the
In both second and third quarters, Citizen tried to stretch their
opponents to the limit, using their shooting guard, Bol Abok and point
guard Ayuel Malua Leek.
The duo gave 'Dream team' torrid time with eye catching dribbling
skills. It was not surprising to see Citizen winning the third quarter
19-14 and slightly reduced the total margin to 47- 44 as the match
sailed into the final quarter.
Brief quarrel emerged in the fourth quarter, when the Egyptian
referee, Wael Abdhiay called for 24 seconds foul for Dream team, a
decision which was vehemently contested by coach, Kablula Shomari by the
fact that the machine for counting 24 seconds collapsed.
The coach won in the battle and the game continued where Dream team
dominated the last quarter with 8 points while citizen scored 5.
Commenting on the game, Citizen City coach, Burshara Mursara stated that
it was a good and entertaining game, saying if African countries decide
to invest in basketball they will certainly benefit a lot.
"There is a lot for African countries to explore in basketball... we
have talents and skills. I believe we can do much more than what we are
doing at the moment.
"We have young players who can play anywhere in the world, our fans
are our sponsors, let's make this a great deal, we have talented
basketballers in Africa," he said.
He praised 'Dream team' for a good show, saying they put up a good
display but still need to improve. For his part, the coach Shomari noted
that they expected a different game from Citizen.
"They came with a different game strategy from what we had expected, however, we managed to handle them.
"Truly they surprised us, we saw them in the other matches and we
expected them to play man to man but eventually they played zonal game
but we were flexible and we changed to win the game," he said.
In the other game, which was the final women game in the tournament, Nairobi defended the title after beating Kampala 59 - 58.
East Africa: Dar Ladies in Tatters at EAC Inter-City Tourney
DAR ES SALAAM women team failed to recover
from their losing streak in the ongoing East and Central Africa
intercity basketball tournament at the National Indoor Stadium after
losing for the third time against Kampala.
The 'Dream Team' as popularly known, suffered a 64-52 defeat from the
well organised Kampala ladies and were the second best throughout the
In the first quarter, Dar es Salaam started with a high tempo and
enjoyed a lion share of possession and scored quick baskets. However,
they were suddenly brought to a pause by their opponents who were well
driven by captain, Flaviana Oketchu.
From then, Kampala never looked back as they continued to stretch
their muscles, winning all four quarters of the game. Dar es Salaam team
tried to fight back banking on their key player -- Nyaeri Bwana who was
the Point Guard in the game but as they were trying to move forward,
Kampala hit them on the break and scored points at will.
After the game, Kampala team captain Oketchu said that her team
deserved to win the game against Dar es Salaam and now they are looking
forward to win against defending champions Nairobi on Saturday.
"We are very happy... you know we came all the way from Kampala to
win the tournament and we have the qualities to win the title this
year," she said.
She further acknowledged the great start of Dar es Salaam team, saying that they came so hard and it was not easy to beat them.
"It was not easy to emerge winners against resolute Dar es Salaam.
They came so hard in the first quarter. However we tried so hard to make
sure we win through team work, but it was not easy to win," she said.
For her side, 'Dream Team' captain Sajda Hamedy said that her team
lost morale in the game, and they failed to keep possession because they
were in a deep slumber.
"We were simply a sleeping giant and completely lost morale. I felt
we had a perfect start into the game but we failed to maintain our tempo
and allowed our opponents to dictate terms," she said.