10 February 2016
TANZANIA - Savio, Oilers Shine As RBA Rages On
Dar es Salaam Regional basketball League raged on over the weekend with giants Savio and Oilers posting crucial victories. Savio fought bravely to tame ABC in 66-52 in a thrilling Regional Basketball league match held at the national Indoor Stadium on Saturday night.
In the same night, Oilers, other league giants had to wait till the last minute to claim a slim 75-74 victory over Young Stars. It was a tough game for Savio; especially in the first quarter which the team stamped a slim 10-8 lead at its end.
ABC continued to hold Savio, who once again used extra skills to post a 23-17 victory at the end of the second quarter. The third quarter was even a tough one the favourites. Savio claimed a 40-36 victory, only two baskets separated them.
The fourth quarter saw Savio coming up with a bigger force and improved tactics. They managed to add 26 points more compared to 16 points garnered by ABC in the final quarter.Maige Yunzu was instrumental in Savio's victory as he fired home 15 points while his team mate Amin Nkosa added 15 more points to the team. Also played brilliantly were veteran players George Tarimo and Mohamed Yusuf who each notched 6 points. Yunzu also led in three points brace by doing it three times while doing blocks two times
He provided scoring pass to his teammates 8 times, but he made 3 turn overs. The ABC team relied on Salim Mchemba who was their top marksman. He scored 13 points while his teammate Filbert Mawaipungu penned another 13 points.
Veteran player, Juma Kissoky added 12 points for ABC and Gilbert Batungi who posted 6 points. Mwaipungu did double three pointer and provided scoring passes 9 times.
In another match played at the same venue, Oilers beat Young Stars 75-74 in fiercely contested encounter. Oilers tied with their opponents 23-23 at the end of the first quarter and again they tied 36-36 at the breather.
Oilers led 67-59 in the third quarter before registering a slim 75-74 at the end of the game. Evance Davids hammered 20 points for Oilers while Shafi Songoro and Musa Mwakalobo each posted 12 points.
Mahfudh Simba netted 16 points for Young Stars and Joas Maheta adding 15 more points to his side. The teams had tied 74 all at the end before a shot decision was applied to find the winner. Oilers converted it while their opponents missed.