Neosasa Mo­rans and Foot­prints claim NBA crowns

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - BY DANN O’WERRE/

Self-sup­port­ing Neosasa Mo­rans and Foot­prints were crowned 2016 Nairobi Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion ( NBA) cham­pi­ons at Strath­more University courts.

Mo­rans beat Kenya Methodist University ( Kemu ) 47-34 while Foot­prints shut out Africa Nazarene University to win the women’s ti­tle 3-2 in the best of five series. The men’s game lacked the ex­pected st­ing as com­pared to the women’s.

Mo­rans raced away to a 20-9 first quar­ter ad­van­tage and never looked back. Kemu trailed 10-9 in the sec­ond, stayed down 6-4 in the third be­fore a last surge ef­fort saw them dead­lock 12-12 in the last.

Michael Shimechero was the main man, get­ting to work early and shoot­ing 16 points while dan­ger man Joseph Achega man­aged 14 as did Lewis Wany­oike for the new cham­pi­ons. Kemu had Gabriel Awuol sink­ing 15.

In the women’s fi­nals, Foot­prints beat Africa Nazarene University 53-44 to carry the day. The win­ners went off for a 15-10 mar­gin in the first quar­ter and were up 9-2 in the sec­ond.

In the third quar­ter, they still got a 16-10 edge be­fore ANU fu­ri­ous climb back clos­ing in with a bril­liant 22-13 cush­ion to the de­light of the fans. Sally Mogere led with 20 points while Brenda Ngaira made 13 for the new cham­pi­ons. ANU had 11 from Messi Ka­manzi and 9 from Ann Akinyi.

In the third/fourth play-off game, Kenya Chris­tian In­dus­trial Train­ing In­sti­tute dis­missed Saints 70-60. Collins Ochieng scored 27 and Leek Deng 21 for the win­ners. Wash­ing­ton Kanyagi had 16 and Me­shack Mwau 15 for the losers.

University of Dyamites gritty fight back saw them snatch the third spot from JKUATS Juja, win­ing 53-44. Eve Che­bet scored 23 points while the Juja side’s Juliet Atieno shot 12.

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