The Star (Nairobi)

29 October 2012

Kenya: Wings End Up Ninth in Abidjan Fair

EAGLE Wings beat Ndella of Gabon 59-51 to finish ninth as the Fiba Africa club women's basketball championship ended in Abidjan, Ivory Coast over the weekend.

The Kenyan champions, who won only their first match in the ten day championships saw Ndela up 17-4 in the first quarter and 16-12 in the second quarter to take the breather with a 33-16 advantage.

On resumption, Ndela managed to surge ahead posting a 21-12 points cushion in the third quarter before both sides remained deadlocked 14 points apiece in the fourth.

Wings Samba Mjamba led the floor with 24 points while Rebecca Sarange added 12 points. Angela Okoth, Eunice Ouma and Shilalei Shani combined for a 19 point haul.

Ndela out rebounded Wings 43-42 and had 17 points from from Obone N'Nang and 14 from Massonga Cyrielle. Wings, the first self sponsored side to take part in this prestigious continental festival improved on their 10th placing in the 2008 tournament held in Nairobi.

Defending champions Interclube were due to meet Liga Desportivo of Mozambique in the 2012 finals. Interclube (Angola) beat compatriots Primero Agosto 64-50 while Liga Desportivo (Mozambique) shut out ABC (Ivory Coast) 69-46 in the other semi final. The losers will play for third and fourth spot.

In quarter final matches, CSFaxien (Tunisia) lost 53-72 to Liga Desportivo, CSA (Ivory Coast) crashed 41-65 to Interclube. First Bank (Nigeria) went down 51-59 to ABC and First Deep Water (Nigeria) were shut out 51-58 by De Agosto (Angola).

In premier league matches, national champions Co-operative Bank of Kenya lost 69-77 to United States International University at Upper Hill School. Strathmore University beat Masinde Muliro University of Agriculture and Technology 77-51.

The women's top matches saw former champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) thump Co-op Bank 43-29 while Strathmore University dismissed Western Delight 36-32 in a closely fought duel. On fire Nairobi Aviation College continued their winning ways as they won 65-44 over World Hope in a lower division tie.

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