In­ex­pe­ri­ence and stage fright blamed for KPA loss

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports | Local - BY PHILIP ONYANGO/

Kenya Ports Au­thor­ity women’s bas­ket­ball team have blamed their 57-43 loss to FAP of Cameroon in the on­go­ing FIBA women’s club cham­pi­onships on in­ex­pe­ri­ence and stage fright.

The dock­ers who were due to play Fer­rav­iora de Ma­puto last night in their sec­ond match be­lieve naivety was the team’s main un­do­ing against the bat­tle hard­ened Cameroo­ni­ans who fielded the coun­try’s na­tional team cur­rently in prepa­ra­tion for the African cup of Na­tions qual­i­fiers in Jan­uary. “We started badly trail­ing 05-15 with sev­eral missed scor­ing chances in the paint but out our act to­gether to win the sec­ond quar­ter 16-14 as the Camer­oun side led 27-21 at the break”, team coach An­thony Ojukwu said. Ac­cord­ing to him ,the third quar­ter was dis­as­trous. The KPA were outscored 21-08 mak­ing their 14-09 win the fourth quar­ter mean­ing­less.

Astride Gano Njio­gap was the de­stroyer in chief break­ing the dock­ers de­fense at will to fin­ish with a game high 23 points while col­league Mba Minna Bella man­aged 13 points.

KPA replied through Mercy Wanyama who scored 15 points while Fel­mas Ad­hi­ambo and Hilda In­dasi had seven points each.

“We have since cor­rected all the mis­takes we made in the first match and will be go­ing for the sec­ond a more deter­mined side “, Ojukwu said in ref­er­ence to the teams match against the hosts which was due to tip off at 7.00 pm Kenyan time.

The other Kenyan rep­re­sen­ta­tive United States In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity (USIU) were set to play First Bank of Nige­ria at 4pm Kenyan time.

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Mercy Wanyama with coach An­thony Ojukwu durin train­ing.

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