04 May 2016

KENYA - Resilient Equity Bank Fall to Ulinzi Warriors

By francis marangu
Apr 24, 2016
  • Eric Mutoro scored 18 points for Ulinzi Warriors against Equity Bank.
Equity Bank’s resilience crumbled in the final moments as they lost 73-80 to defending champions Ulinzi Warriors in a Kenya Basketball Federation men's premier league game played on Friday night.
The bankers kept pace with the champions by playing from the three-point line scoring 21 points against 12. On the other end, Ulinzi capitalized on shooting fouls to answer back the bankers scoring 18 free shots against 10. First quarter was competitive and high scoring closing with a 25-25 tie.
Equity took a 3-0 lead but scores tied 5-5 after Richard Osano fired a three-pointer for Ulinzi. Osano, who is making a comeback to Ulinzi after recovering from a back injury, scored a second three-pointer to give Ulinzi a 8-5 lead.
He scored all the opening points for Ulinzi. It was level again 8-8 with Ian Wachiye making a three-pointer for Equity but a three-point play from William Ochieng gave Ulinzi a 11-8 lead. They went on to dominate until 1:10 on the clock when Ken Wena made a basket for Equity to tie 22-22.
Ulinzi then earned a shooting foul but Ochieng made one free shot to make it 23-22. Fred Lugasi sunk a three-pointer for 25-23 to Equity but Ochieng leveled with a basket as the quarter closed. Victor Odendo’s three-point play gave Ulinzi a 28-25 lead when second quarter began.
The soldiers went on to open a 12-point lead at 45-33 and won the quarter 22-12 to lead 47-37 at halftime. With good rebounding from Frank Manyala, Equity came out strongly in third quarter to win 18-13 and trail by five points going to fourth quarter at 55-60.
Bankers cut the deficit
At one point, Ulinzi led by 15 points at 52-37 but a three-point shot each from Wachie, Lugasi and Enock Ogecha helped the bankers cut the deficit by 10 points. With 2:11 to play in fourth quarter, Ulinzi was leading 72-71 but simple errors saw Equity fall back quickly to lose by seven points.
Ulinzi won the quarter 20-18. Ochieng top scored for Ulinzi with 22 points while Eric Mutoro added 18. Lugasi scored 15 for Equity and Brian Obimbo added 14.
Trailblazers remain winless after going down 63-75 to Nairobi City Thunder. They left it late to make a comeback with a 22-12 win in fourth quarter after Thunder had done all the damage with scores of 23-12, 16-14 and 24-15 in the first three quarters respectively.
Griffin Ligare scored 22 points for Thunder and Kevin Chogo added 16 with Charles Kituyi scoring 12. David Otieno top scored for Trailblazers with 19 points.
Action continues over the weekend as Nakuru Club travels to Nairobi to play Lions and Thunder. There will be a “siblings derby” when Strathmore University play Blades on Sunday while Strathmore will have a second fixture against Trailblazers.
In women's Premier League, Masaku Sparks plays Eagle Wings as Co-operative Bank comes up against Storms and Western Delight hosts Strathmore University.
Sunday: Western Delight vs Strathmore University (10 a.m., KPC), Zetech University vs Gladiators (9 a.m., Nyayo gymnasium), 4-Christ vs KAA (10:30), Co-op Bank vs Storms (12 p.m.), Strathmore vs Blades (2 p.m.), Thunder vs Nakuru Club (4 p.m.)

20 April 2016

RWANDA - Mushumba cautions players after UGB win

UR- CASS 71-68 UGB
University of Rwanda- College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) basketball club head coach Charles Mushumba has challenged his players to stay focused and avoid complacency after a win over UGB on Sunday.
The Huye-based varsity side upset United Generation Basketball (UGB) club in a hard fought 71-68 victory before a packed UR- CASS gymnasium. UGB claimed the first, third and fourth quarters 14-10, 22-20 and 23-20 but Mushumba’s side won the second quarter 21-9 by a big margin to win the game.
Regis Gatoto scored the game high 23 points but the one-man efforts were not enough to save the day for UGB.
Plaisir Ntaganzwa (15 points) and Edmond Joie Igabe (14 points) combined for a total 29 points in UR- CASS’s narrow victory.
“I’m happy for my men. They did incredibly great. It was not easy to defeat UGB who were fresh from beating Espoir. Nonetheless, we need to stay keen and focus on the remaining fixtures, there is no room for complacency,” Mushumba said.
UR- CASS will be hosting the four-time reigning champions Espoir on Saturday and the team is in upbeat mood to stun the Nyamirambo-based giants. Espoir are top of the table with 26 points while UR- CASS stands 7th with 19 points.

09 March 2016

GAMBIA - Domestic Basektball League in Full Swing

The 2015 domestic National Male and Female Basketball Leagues, organised by The Gambia Basketball Association (GBA) are in full swing at the Indepdence Stadium in Bakau.
Eleven male teams and five female teams are competing in the separate leagues and according to the GBA President Muhammed Papa Njie, the league is progressing well. He, however lamented that sponsors are not forthcoming and appealed for support from public and private sectors to sponsor the league.
In the games played over the weekend, on Friday, YMCA girls won Late Babou Sowe female team 61-31; Serrekunda West boys defeated Old School 90-74.
On Saturday, Kotu Ninja lost to Banjul United by 78-70; YMCA thrashed Lamin 20-0 and Kotu United won Brikama United by 77-68.
Finally on Sunday, Bakau United basketball team lost to Old School by 64-86 and Serrekunda West proved too strong for Kotu Ninja after a 81-65 win.
Games resume today (Tuesday) with Kotu United taking on Vicotry Creators. The Sateba Basektball team take on the Capital Basketball team tomorrow (Wednesaday) and Old School will take on YMCA on Thursday.
All games are taking place at the Independence Stadium.

01 March 2016

RWANDA - IPRC-South step up preps ahead of Espoir clash

At 26-years old, Bineza is the youngest head coach in the local league. (R. Bishumba)
National basketball league title hopefuls IPRC-South have intensified preparations ahead of their league clash against defending champions Espoir when the second round gets underway on Saturday at Amahoro indoors stadium.
Should IPRC- South win the game, it will be a third consecutive victory over the four-time reigning champions since last November. The Huye-based outfit beat Espoir 83-64 in the preseason tournament final on November 22, 2015 and 64-55 in the league earlier this month.
Speaking to Times Sport on Saturday, Didier Bineza, the IPRC-South head coach said the team is training more seriously than the usual and players understand well the meaning and magnitude of the game.
“We are doing all we can to be in the best shape possible for the game, players and the coaching staff are up for the task. We still have a week to prepare and players,” said Bineza, who, at 26-year old, is the youngest head coach in the local league.
Asked if he is contented with his current squad and if he doesn’t need any new signing before the start of the league second round, Bineza said, “We are doing just fine, we would love to have two new signings, a point-guard and center but we can’t afford them right now.”
As it stands, unbeaten Patriots BBC top the table with 18 points, IPRC- South with one point behind in second place, Espoir are third with 16 points while IPRC-Kigali sit on fourth position with 15 points, one head of fifth-placed APR.
Last year’s first runners-up and currently struggling Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) are rooted at the bottom of the ten-team league table with 8 points.

22 February 2016

RWANDA - Hoops league: Narrow win angers Owuor

Owuor (in cap) said he was not impressed with his team's performance following a 72-71 win over UGB. (File)
APR 72-71 UGB
Espoir 94-41 U18 Boys Team
APR Basketball Club coach Cliff Owuor has said he was not impressed with his team’s performance following a one-point margin win over United Generation Basketball (UGB) in a league game played on Saturday at UR- CST courts.
Owuor’s youthful side narrowly beat UGB 72-71 to move to a 5:4 win ratio this season but stayed in fifth place in the ten-team league table after nine games.
APR dominated the first quarter 22-8 and narrowly won the second 16-15, but UGB recovered in the second half to win third and fourth quarters 22-18 and 26-16 respectively.
Frank Nshimiyimana of APR scored the game high 22 points while Eric Munyaneza added 20 points for the 2010 champions.
“The performance was far from impressive; we almost lost the game despite a huge half-time lead. Clearly something is wrong and we need to address it urgently. We need to work on the mistakes we’ve made today and do better next time,” Owuor told Times Sport.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Four-time reigning champions, Espoir defeated the U18 Boys Team 94-41 to take their win ratio to 6:2 and cut the gap on table leaders Patriots to four points.
As it stands, Patriots top the table with maximum 18 points, one point better than IPRC-South in second place. IPRC-Kigali occupy third with 15 points while Jean Bahufite’s Espoir sit in fourth place 14 points and a game in hand.

20 February 2016

NIGERIA - 9,000 Schools for 18th Milo Basketball Championships

All is now set for the 18th Milo Secondary Schools Basketball championships with the state preliminaries billed to dunk off from February 22 through 26.
Announcing this in Lagos yesterday, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Nestle Nigeria, Dhanersh Gordhon said, "This year's championship will involve 9,000 secondary schools across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT as we continue the search for that potential talent that will begin the quest to reach his or her goal in life."
In the same vain, Olufemi Akintola, Category Manager Nestle Nigeria said, state champions will clash with their counterparts in the zonal stage which begins 21 April to 19 May.
According to him, competition in the Western Conference which has Lagos as host, will flag off between April 21 and 27. This will be followed by Central Conference with Ilorin as centre from April 27 to May 4, while the Confluence Conference with Lokoja as host will hold its competition between May 5 and 12.The Equatorial Conference will be hosted by Enugu between May 13 and 19.
For the first time in the history of the championship, the national finals will be held outside Lagos and Asaba, Delta State capital is the destination.
Defending the choice of Asaba, Akintola said, "it has to do with the tremendous support given the programme by the Delta State government."
This was evident as the Delta State Commissioner, Basic and Secondary Education, Chinedu Ebie and his Sports counterpart, Chief Tony Okowa who doubles as the Executive Chairman, Delta Sttae Sports Commission were at the press conference to assure all participating schools of the state's readiness to host a grand national finals.

RWANDA - APR, UGB to clash, unbeaten Patriots take top spot

U18 Boys Team vs Espoir, 10am
APR vs UGB, 12pm
Patriots 74-41 U18 Boys Team
Former champions APR take on United Generation Basketball (UGB) in a national basketball league game today at UR- CST (formerly KIST) courts – the game starts at 12pm.
It’s a game pitying two teams, level on 12 points each this season, having both won four and lost four out of eight league games played so far. Going into today’s battle, APR stand in fifth position, courtesy of a better point average, a spot higher than UGB.
Elsewhere today, the four-time reigning champions Espoir will be up against Moise Mutokambali’s U18 Boys Team at the same venue in the first game of the day.
Meanwhile, on Thursday evening, on-form Patriots trounced U18 Boys Team 74-41 at Green Hills Academy (GHA) to dethrone Didier Bineza’s IPRC-South at the top of the table.
Henry Mwinuka’s team had a smooth run over the youthful national side—Patriots, won all four quarters 14-12, 26-7, 16-8 and 18-14 respectively to stretch the unbeaten run to 12 games, including 9 games in the league and 3 in the Heroes Day tourney. This was also their final game of the league’s first round.
As it stands, Patriots (9:0 win ratio) tops the table with maximum 18 points, a point better than second-placed IPRC- South, IPRC-Kigali are third with 15 points while holders Espoir stand in fourth place with 12 points but having played two games less.

18 February 2016

UGANDA - KUSA Weekend Round-up

KUSA Weekend Round-up
Magadi Road Conference: Much fancied Riara University Bucks were on the receiving end last weekend. After beating UMMA 68-32, they lost 34-48 to hosts Catholic University of Eastern Africa and African Nazarene University 35-42.
In the ladies league defending champions had to fight to the end to dismiss Kenyatta Univeristy Oryx 31-30. Zetech University collected maximum points after beating CUEA 46-27 on Saturday and got a walkover on Sunday, Cooperative College did not honour the match.
A total of 42 games were played over the weekend.
Full Weekend Results:
Saturday Magadi Road Men: MMU 38-42 MKU NBO, CUEA 23-28 ANU, Riara 68-32 UMMA, Strathmore 69-31 Machakos, Riara 46-28 Co-op, Moi Nbo 00-20 Daystar, Strathmore 00-20 Coop, Daystar 20-00 JKUAT Nbo, TUK 50-32 MMU, MKU Nbo 19-33 CUEA, JKUAT Nbo 43-46 ANU
Saturday Thika Road Men: KU Ruiru 31-49 USIU, Zetech 24-38 UoN, MKU Thika 30-43 KU, SPU38-46 Zetech, JKUAT 36-40 UON.
Ladies Saturday: Riara 35-25 SPU, USIU 47-07 COOP, Daystar 39-11 KU Ruiru, ANU 20-24 JKUAT, Zetech 46-27 CUEA.
Sunday Magadi Road Men: CUEA 48-34 Riara, JKUAT Nbo 34-42 Machakos, Strathmore 43-27 CUEA, KU Nbo 53-25 UMMA, Riara 35-42 ANU, Daystar 33-26 TUK, ANU 44-31 MKU Nbo, MMU 19-29 Daystar
TUK 28-37 Coop, KU Nbo 20-00 MOI Nbo, Mackakos 28-34 UMMA, JKUAT Nbo 45-46 MKU Nbo.
Sunday Thika Road Men: KU 29-19 KU RUIRU, UON 40-61 USIU, SPU 41-18 JKUAT, MKU Thika 33-29 KU Ruiru.
Ladies Sunday: Riara 29-32 KU, ANU 32-23 MKU Thika, Daystar 20-00 Machakos, Zetech 20-00 COOP, KU 30-31 USIU.

UGANDA - 4 Kenyans Contracts Terminated By Sharing Youth

4 Kenyans Contracts Terminated By Sharing Youth
Sharing Youth Basketball Club in Uganda has terminated contracts for four Kenyans who were part of the team last season.
According to the club, lack of sponsorship forced Sharing Youth to part ways with Brian Marumbu, Ansalim Onalo, Alex Lugasi, Faustine Ambrose and Tanzanian Murshid Mudricat.
A communication sent by Sharing Youth Team Manager Ben Lule to the five players reads: “Wanted to let you know what has been transpiring with sponsor we, had a meeting with the sponsor on Wednesday and after we met as Sharing management team yesterday and decided to discuss the outcome, the sponsor is not going to sponsor us financially this year, so that means that our budget on running the team will be cut to bare minimum, we had hoped he would release money by the end February so we can call you guys to come back but unfortunately he doesn’t have finances for us now, so we sat down and decided to avoid incurring any costs, we terminate the contract we have with you as we can not meet the obligations required and would like to avoid incurring any other costs, it’s much more fairer to you and us, I thank you for the time taken with us, and we never saw this coming as we had been told that finances would be released in February , my sincere apologies to you for what has transpired”

UGANDA - JKL add Nyafwono to their roster

Carol Nyafwono (R) during the Zone V Nations Qualifiers against Egypt Carol Nyafwono (R) during the Zone V Nations Qualifiers against Egypt
The Uganda Ladies’ basketball team (Gazelles) center Carol Nyafwono is the latest weapon acquired by Just Keep Living (JKL) Dolphins.
The newly promoted side have been busy in the transfer market and the acquisition of Nyafwono makes them a complete side ready to fight for the title with the seasoned league giants.
She joins Angella Namirimu and Purity Odhiambo, the two biggest signings for the side and team owner Fredrick Freedom Owora has revealed that there are two more signings and the team will be ready to meet their targets.
The side have set a target of making it to the Zone V Club Championship in their first season of top flight basketball.
With five former league winners on the team, JKL will fancy their chances when the season tips off in April.
JKL Team: Peace Nakirijja, Angella Namirimu, Leane Nalunkuuma, Stella Oyella, Jamilla Nansikombi, Purity Odhiambo, Hope Akello, Evelyn Nakintu, Carol Nyafwono, Alisha Walusagi, Suzan Atino, Norah Namutosi, Suzan Namirembe, Salma Akinyi

GAMBIA - Basketball National League Resumes

The Gambia National Basketball League re-starts this weekend after a brief sabbatical.
The championship kick-start today in a mark of a new season as the GBA plans to include the 24 and 14 seconds shot clock in line with international basketball federation rules. Teams are urged to report to the lawn 30 minutes before game start. Time : 4:30pmGames 1. YMCA vs Victory Creators (Bundung)
2. Banjul United vs. Serrekunda West Venue: Independence Stadium
Date: Saturday February 13 Time: 4:30pm Games 1. Brikama United vs. Olypic Afic 2. YMCA Female vs Kotu Blue Ninjas Female 3. Bakau United vs Kotu United Venue: Independence Stadium
Date: Sunday February 14 Time: 4:30pm Games Lamin United vs Kotu United YMCA vs Serrekunda West

RWANDA - Patriots face U18 Boys seeking to stretch unbeaten run

Patriots, the only side still unbeaten in the league this season, are looking to their record to 9-0. (File)
Patriots vs U18 Boys Team 6pm
National basketball league top contenders, Patriots BBC eye to dethrone archrivals IPRC-South at the top of the table standings when they face the U18 Boys Team today evening at Green Hills Academy courts, the game starts at 6pm.
Patriots, the only side still unbeaten in the league this season, take on the national U18 side coached by Moise Mutokambali, seeking for a resounding 9:0 win ratio, having previously won their first eight league games including clashes against closest title challengers, IPRC-South, Espoir and IPRC-Kigali.
The U18 Boys Team, which joined the league last December, will be seeking to be the first side to upset Henry Mwinuka’s on-form Patriots. Mutokambali’s youthful side has only managed two wins out of seven league games played thus far.
Patriots’ coach Mwinuka, while speaking to Times Sport on Wednesday said that his players are fired up to finish the first round on a high.
“All my players are fit and the mood in the team is amazing, everything is in place for today’s game. Our top priority is to win the game, to keep the winning, we are on the right track,” said the Tanzanian trainer.
Table standings
Team             GP    W    L    PTS
IPRC-South    9       8     1    17
Patriots           8      8     0    16
IPRC-Kigali     9      6     3    15
Espoir             7      5     2    12
APR                8      4     4    12
UGB                8      4     4    12
UR- Huye        9      3     6    12
U18 Boys Team 7   2     5     9
Rusizi               7     1     6     8
CSK                8      0     8     8

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