NAIROBI City made a giant step towards reaching the finals of the East and Central Africa Inter Cities championships after finishing their preliminary matches unbeaten in Kampala, Uganda.
They thumped Kampala City Council (KCC) 62-45 and ran over Moyo 51-31 during matches played at the YMCA courts, Wandegeya. In their Match against KCC, the hosts bolted off early, taking Martha Soigi free shot but Nairobi rolled back on shots by Samba Mjomba and Hilda Indasi. However, Nairobi still trailed 10-13 in a closely fought first quarter.
The second quarter started with Nairobi on a roll after a Mercy Etyang had hit a three pointer. Emma Nyakweba, Joyce Nabwire, Irene Makori and a Evlyne Norah's points saw Nairobi dominate the second quarter, taking a huge 22-7 advantage to head to the break with a 32-20 lead.
But things took a dramatic change in the third quarter as Kampala, playing before their crowd rallied, to go up 14-12and trail 44-34. Efforts by Kampala's Flavio Oketch, Soigi, Carol Badaro and Joy Chemtai were, however not enough to turn tables on the Nairobi team. Nyakweba, who had limped out injured was called upon to return when things seemed to be going wrong and she responded with a huge basket before Susan Akinyi saw Nairobi off again to a 56-39 lead.
Indasi led Nairobi points tally with 16 points and Mjomba hit 13. For the losers, Soigi managed to score 14 points.
In other results, Mombasa posted the highest score in the championship when they hammered Hargeisa 105-34, Juba lost 72-86 to Kampala, Mogadishu narrowly went down 62-65 to Moyo while Mukono went down 72-53 in the other women's game.
The semi finals will be held today with late matches determining how the games will run. But it was clear that Nairobi, who are unbeaten so far after two matches, will take on Moyo while KCC meet local rivals Mukono in the women's games.