Kenya shine in Dar

Ulinzi, USIU-A men’s and women’s teams and Kenya Ports Au­thor­ity sparkle on Day 2

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY PHILIP ONYANGO @philiponyango4

All the four Kenya teams reg­is­tered wins on day two of the FIBA Africa Zone 5 club cham­pi­onships at the Dar es Salaam, Tan­za­nia, in­door courts.

Ulinzi War­riors who were outscored by City Oil­ers from Uganda, re­cov­ered to beat Tan­za­nia’s ABC club. United States In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity’s men’a and women’s teams won their open­ing matches while Kenya Ports Au­thor­ity women con­tin­ued their bril­liant dis­play, blow­ing out Don Bosco Lionesses of Tan­za­nia with over a cen­tury scores to stay on course for the ti­tle.

It was USIU women who took to the court first in an early morn­ing game against Jeshi la Ku­jenga Taifa from Tan­za­nia whom they strug­gled to beat 62-51 with the Tan­za­nia mil­i­tary out­fit at some point lead­ing through­out the four quar­ters in­clud­ing 15-03 in­side the first quar­ter.

It was the ex­pe­ri­enced An­gela Okoth , ever­green Melissa Akinyi and Celia Atieno who came to the res­cue of the stu­dents scor­ing bas­ket af­ter bas­ket to close the scores and even­tu­ally win.

Then Ulinzi men took the court against ABC club af­ter lead­ing by over 20 points in the first half. The Tan­za­ni­ans clawed their way back to re­duce the score mar­gin to 81-71.

USIU men who played against fel­low stu­dents Uganda Chris­tian Univer­sity (UCU) did not dis­ap­point, win­ning 81-58 af­ter lead­ing 40-31 at the break. David Juma scored game high 26 points while Kevin Kig­otho, Dan Omondi and Alex Ra­mazani con­trib­uted 17 and 16 points re­spec­tively. Then came the women’s ti­tle favourites Kenya Ports Au­thor­ity. Af­ter beat­ing Ubumwe from Rwanda in the open­ing match, the Kenyan dock­work­ers ran riot against Don Bosco Lionesses from Tan­za­nia whom they wal­loped 11463. KPA led 58-31 at the break. He­len Oketch top scored for KPA women with 17 points while Linet Atieno and Fel­mas Ad­hi­ambo had 16 points each. Amina Ahmed led Don Bosco with a game high 26 points while Martha Mashaka had eight points. KPA women who had a rest day yes­ter­day take on Uganda Chris­tian Univer­sity to­day in their third match from 11am.

Matches pro­gramed for to­day will see USIU women en­ter­tain Ubumwe from Rwanda at 9am, Ulinzi War­riors play­ing Cit­i­zen os South-Su­dan at 1.pm while USIU men take on Engi­neer­ing from Su­dan in the last match of the day at 9pm.

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KPA’s Belinda Okoth(No.7) tus­sles with Don Bosco Li­on­ess’s Zainab Mlekwa(No.15) for the ball in Dar.

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