Kenya shine in Dar
Ulinzi, USIU-A men’s and women’s teams and Kenya Ports Authority sparkle on Day 2
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.
KPA’s Belinda Okoth(No.7) tussles with Don Bosco Lioness’s Zainab Mlekwa(No.15) for the ball in Dar.