Chan outstanding despite USIU-A losses

By francis marangu
Dec 03, 2015
  • Sarah Chan was the most outstanding player for USIU-A who lost all their group matches in Angola.

Sarah Chan is possibly the only positive thing that United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) has picked from the ongoing Fiba-Africa Champions Cup for Women in Luanda, Angola.

They have lost all five games in the group phase but Chan has been the outstanding player on the court. The Kenyan women premier league champions are now out of contention for the title and will play one more classification game before heading back home.

Their worst defeat came on Wednesday night as they lost 31-87 to defending champions Interclube of Angola. Only four players scored for USIU-A as Chan top scored with 19 points, grabbed three rebounds and one steal. She played for 31:49.

The Angolans dominated in all quarters with scores of 27-4, 19-9, 21-12 and 20-6 respectively.

On Tuesday, they lost 63-89 to Nigerian giants First Bank. The Nigerians won opening quarters 21-12 and 18-10 with USIU-A taking the third 26-25 before First Bank won the fourth 25-15. Chan who played for 38:42 had a game high 32 points, 16 rebounds and one steal.

When they lost 80-85 to I.N.S.S of Congo, Chan top scored with 31 points after playing for 38:11. She grabbed eight rebounds and four steals. The other losses for USIU-A were 47-57 to KCCA Leopards of Uganda and 64-69 against Ferroviario De Maputo.

Playoffs enter semis

Locally, the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) league playoffs will enter semifinal stage this weekend. The biggest matchup pits champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) against Ulinzi Warriors in the men's Premier League.

It will be a repeat of last season’s final when KPA won 3-1. The first two games of the best-of-five series will be played in Mombasa on Saturday and Sunday before shifting to Nairobi.

The second semifinal pits USIU-A against Nairobi City Thunder with game one slated for Friday night at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.

In the women's Premier League, USIU-A will face off with Equity Bank but the fixture is not lined up for weekend action since the students are away. Co-operative Bank will host KPA on Saturday and Sunday before the series shifts to Mombasa.

Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) will begin their hunt for promotion to the Premier League when they play Trailblazers in game one of division one semifinal playoffs on Friday.

The other fixture pits Upper Hill against Barclays Bank with winners of both fixtures earning direct promotion.

Fixtures

Friday: Trailblazers vs KCA-U (6 p.m., Nyayo gymnasium), USIU-A vs Thunder (8 p.m.); Saturday: KPA vs Ulinzi (4 p.m., Mombasa), Co-op Bank vs KPA (6 p.m., Nyayo gymnasium), Thunder vs USIU-A (8 p.m.); Sunday: Eldonets vs 4-Christ (10 a.m., UG), ANU vs JKUAT (9 a.m., Nyayo gymnasium), Barclays Bank vs Upper Hill (10:30), KCA-U vs Trailblazers (12 p.m.), KPA vs Co-op Bank (2 p.m.), USIU-A vs Thunder (4 p.m.).