• Men’s club Beez win sprite national title

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Aug 15, 2011-

Men’s club Beez edged out the S.W.A.T.S 7-5 to clinch the 3 on 3 Sprite Slam National title at the University of Nairobi sports grounds over the weekend.

The winners competed against a total of 7 men’s amongst them high schools, universities, colleges and clubs. Beez who fielded regular premier league players led by Evans Leting of USIU-A Tigers team, Brian Busu of Co-op Bank along with Brian Shivachi and James Omweno had an advantage of experience over the Swats team of the U.o.N. Seven regional winners ; Air Patrol (Kisii), Team 21 (Eldoret), Blazers (Mere), Sprite Team (Mombasa), Beez, Dragons and S.W.A.T.S (Nairobi) competed in four minutes games.

The teams were grouped in two pools with two winners qualifying for the semi-finals. S.W.A.T.S had to fight hard to beat Air Patrol 10-8 In the second semi-final. Beez beat Sprite Team (Mombasa) 9-5, while S.W.A.T.S registered a 14-10 win over Dragon (Nairobi) in their pool matches. Seven teams competed at the camp conducted by former Los Angels Lakers NBA shooting star Glen Rice, NBA scout Bul Bior and Denver Nuggets Vice-President Masai Njiri.

Kenya has the talent and the players who participated in the camp can do better than what I did during my NBA career,"said Rice who was impressed with the level of talent at the event.

Upper Hill School student Dominic Omunaka named as the best player and was chosen to represent Kenya in the Basketball without Borders four-day camp in Johannesburg South Africa in September.

The sprite slum event also witnessed a one-day-under-18 camp on Saturday.Alongside basketball competitions, the youth demonstrated their talent in urban expression through graffiti, dance and music competitions. Sprite Slam is a platform used by the Coca-Cola Company to develop basketball in Kenya while encouraging young adults aged 16 -24 years to express themselves through art, an element called urban expression. Additional Sprite Slam competitions are running concurrently in Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique.

 

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