DAR ES SALAAM – (FIBA Africa Champions Cup) – Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) saw off Ubumwe of Rwanda 62-51 in their opening game at the ongoing FIBA Africa Championship for Women 2016 Qualifiers in Zone 5 at the National Stadium on Saturday.
The Mombasa-based side led the first quarter comfortably 15-6 limiting the Rwandan side to points on the free-throw line and a dominant second quarter saw them lead 38-19 at Half-time.
Center Charlotte Umugwaneza scored seven of Ubumwe’s 10 points on the free-throw line to help her side close the gap in the third quarter that ended 48-31 to KPA.
A better fourth quarter from Ubumwe saw them outscore KPA 20-14 but the effort was too late to save their charge to win this game as the Kenyan outfit came out on top.
Belinda Okoth scored a game high 16 points while Mercy Wanyama added 11 points as coach Anthony Ojukwu’s side marched to a well deserved victory.
Meanwhile, the UCU Lady Canons announced their presence at the tournament with a 75-57 win over Don Bosco Lionesses of Tanzania.
The home side found themselves in a rather disappointing start to the game after they trailed 17-4 at the end of the first quarter but a spirited comeback saw them outscore the Ugandan university side 21-16 albeit the latter leading 33-25 at Half-Time.
Martha Mashaka dropped 10 of her eventual 13 points in the third quarter as Don Bosco piled pressure on UCU but the Lady Canons displayed a dominant fourth quarter to walk away with victory. Ageno was the highest scorer in this game with 15 points for UCU.
The tie between Ugandan champions KCCA and JKT of Tanzania has been postponed to Tuesday at 7am after the former failed to arrive in Dar es Salaam on time.
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