Disallowed three pointer qualifies Ulinzi Warriors to Zone Five semis

By ronnie evans
Oct 07, 2016
  • Ulinzi pipped Patriot in the Zone Five semi0final and faced City Opilers in the final. SNA. File Photo)

Kenyan men and women's basketball teams to the FIBA Africa Zone Five Club Championships in Dar-es-Salaam,Tanzania have recorded impressive results since the competition started on October 1.

Defending men's Kenya Basketball Federation champions Ulinzi Warriors narrowly edged Rwanda's Patriots in the semi-final in controversial circumstances.

The two teams were locked at 18 points a piece after the first quarter. Ulinzi took the second quarter 15-8 for a 33-26 halftime lead. Patriots then took the third 11-12 but trailed 44-38 and stepped up in the fourth to take it 20-24 in the loss.

Patriots captain Ali Kubwimana appeared to have nailed a three pointer in the final three minutes but it was disallowed, a move that proved to be decisive in the end.

Ulinzi will faced City Oilers in the final on Friday.

Both Ulinzi and United States International University-Africa reached the semifinals after finishing second in their respective groups. Each notched up three wins out of four in their respective preliminary matches.

Ulinzi started their campaign on a losing note, going down 55-93 to City Oilers of Uganda. They then put on clinical performances against ABC (Tanzania), strugglers Citizen (S.Sudan) and a impressive 95-71 (27-17, 19-15, 20-16, 33-19) win over Rwanda's Espoir to ensure safe passage.

USIU-A went down 76-34 in their semis match to City Oilers and will play Patriots in the third playoff match.

Three wins

Last season's KBF losing finalists USIU-A Tigers on the started their campaign with three wins on the trot. A 81-58 thumping of Uganda's UCU was followed by silencing home favourite Savio 63-54 in a game in which they took three quarters and their 61-50 Nat Engineering in their third match virtually guaranteed qualification with a game to spare.

Their only loss came in the final group game to eventual group winners Patriot, a 57-71 result.

USIU-A captain Kelvin Kigotho spoke to Sports News Arena from Tanzania on Friday and said that the tournament has given them valuable experience. "Ever since the tournament began, we have learnt a lot as a unit. We have been able to be resilient and chalk up wins by setting the pace early. It was a disappointing result but we will be looking to finish third," Kigotho said.

The women's league has seen Kenya Ports Authority top the standings with nine points from four wins and one loss. The highlight of their dominance was seen in their second group game when they destroyed the field with an unassailable 114-53 win over home side Don Bosco Lioness.

KPA took all the quarters (31-19, 27-12, 29-19, 27-13). KPA tackle KCCA on Friday evening in their final match. KBF women's defending champions USIU-A Flames' captain Georgia Adhiambo believes her team can still finish strongly as the competition draws to a close.

"We have not been at our vintage best but I am positive that we can get a medal as we have a lot to prove here. Our strength is in our offence and precision shooting so we are still working to improve on that," she said.

USIU-A Flames have lost only match to Kenyan counterparts KPA. They have struggled to put away opponents despite the attacking potency of lethal shooters Adhiambo, Cynthia Irankunda and Doreen Nyaga. They also have towering defensive enforcer Sarah Chan who picks up rebounds at will. They were due to play UCU from Uganda in the fifth match on Friday.

Friday Fixtures: UCU (Uganda) v USIU-A Flames KPA v KCCA (Uganda)

Men 3-4 place playoff Patriots (Rwa) vs USIU (KEN)

Men Final City Oilers (Uganda) vs Ulinzi

Full results

Men, Pool A: Savio (Tanzania), Nat. Engineering (S. Sudan), Patriot (Rwanda), USIU-A (Kenya), UCU (Uganda)

Nat. Engineering 72 Savio 75, Patriot 73 UCU 66, Savio 56 Patriot 68, USIU-A 63 Savio 54, Patriot 67 Nat. Engineering 45, Savio 63 UCU 77, Nat. Engineering 50 USIU-A 61, USIU-A 57 Patriot 71, UCU 65 Nat. Engineering 50.

Pool B: City Oilers (Uganda), Ulinzi (Kenya), Espoir (Rwanda), Citizen (S. Sudan), ABC (Tanzania).

Ulinzi 55 City Oilers 93,Espoir 74 ABC 64, ABC 71 Ulinzi 81,Citizen 46 Espoir 96, Espoir 71 Ulinzi 95, Citizen 53City Oilers 86, Ulinzi 64 Citizen 46, City Oilers 81 ABC 49, City Oilers 78 Espoir 54, ABC 90 Citizen 79.

Women, Pool A: KCCA (Uganda), Don Bosco Lioness (Tanzania), USIU-A (Kenya), UCU (Uganda)

KCCA 77 JKT Stars 58,  Don Bosco Lioness 57 UCU 75, USIU-A 68 JKT Stars 61, UCU 58 USIU-A 81, UCU 60 KCCA 59, USIU-A 60 Don Bosco Lioness 46, UCU 64 KPA 60, Don Bosco Lioness 35 KCCA 73, JKT Stars 35 UCU 73, KCCA 59 USIU-A 51.

Pool B: JKT Stars (Tanzania), KPA (Kenya), Ubumwe (Rwanda)

Ubumwe 51 KPA 62, KCCA 59 Ubumwe 70, Don Bosco Lioness 53 KPA 114, JKT Stars 48 Ubumwe 74, USIU-A 81 Ubumwe 74, KPA 72 USIU-A 51, Ubumwe 95 Don Bosco Lioness 54, KPA 73 JKT Stars 41, Ubumwe 88 UCU 85.

Classification

Men: 9/10: Nat. Engineering 20 Citizen 0; 7/8: Savio 61 ABC 72.

Semi-finals

Men: Patriot 62 Ulinzi 64, City Oilers 76 USIU-A 34.