The Kenya Ports Authority men’s team were bundled out of the Fiba Zone Five Basketball Club Championships after losing the second match 74-68 to Uganda’s Tiger Head Power at the Amahoro Indoor Courts in Kigali on Tuesday night.
The Dockers, who had lost 82-52 to Gezira from Egypt in the opening match on Sunday before winning their second game against Southern Sudan’s NFEL 89-61, started strongly against the Ugandan’s, leading 15-14 in the first quarter and 22-17 in the second for a 37-31 half time lead.
Evans Letting, Kevin Kigotho, Aruu Ramadhan and Valentine Nyakinda had a good afternoon combining well for easy points in the paints.
The Ugandans however, resorted to a congested match-up defence which the dockers could not penetrate and caught them on the counter-attack to win 23-14 and 20-17 in the third and fourth quarters respectively.
The win assured the Ugandans a semi-finals berth after they beat Rwanda’s CSK 70-64 in an earlier match.
Francis Kasida emerged the top point’s scorer with 18 points while Evans Letting and Aruu Ramadhan had 15 points each for KPA who were due to play CSK Rwanda in a dead rubber on Wednesday.
In the women’s matches, Kenya’s United States International University (USIU) beat APR of Rwanda 75-35 to increase their chances of retaining the title.
USIU led 13-5 in the first quarter and never looked back with a 12-10, 26-05 and 19-12 wins in the remaining quarters to seal the victory.
Georgia Adhiambo scored 19 points while Sarah Chan and Melisa Akinyi managed 12 and nine points respectively. Sandra Rehema top scored for APR with 14 points.
In other matches played on Tuesday, Kenya’s Ulinzi Warriors (men) recovered from their disastrous start to the Championships with a 94-64 victory over Tanzania’s Savio in their second match.
The Kenyan soldiers raced to a 25-12 first quarter lead before increasing the scores to 29-16 for a 54-28 half time score.
Tiberius Menya, Eric Mutoro, Anthony Bwire and William Ochieng were impressive as they won the third quarter 34-12, and 21-19 in the fourth for a 94-64 full time result.
Mutoro led the scorecard with 18 points while Bwire and William Ochieng scored 14 and 12 points respectively.
“I am happy for this win as it puts us back into contention for the trophy,” an elated Ulinzi coach William Balozi had said after the match.