Here are weekend fixtures for Kenya Basketball Federation

Saturday June 10

Upperhill High School, Nairobi
Daystar Falcons vs. Footprints: 8:30 am
KDF Morans vs. 4 Christ: 10 am
Riara Bucks vs. MKU Thika: 11:30 am
Zetech Sharks vs. ANU: 1 pm
Upperhill vs. Nebulas: 2:30 pm
KAA vs. K.U Pirates: 4 pm

Strathmore University Grounds, Nairobi
Co-op Bank Kingdom Queens vs. Eagle Wings: 8:30 am
USIU Tigers vs. Lions: 10 am
Co-op Bank Spartans vs. Trailblazers: 11:30 am
Blades vs. Ulinzi Warriors: 1 pm
Zetech Titans vs. Thunder: 2:30 pm
Umoja vs. Equity Bank: 4 pm

Makande Gymnasium, Mombasa
Menengai High School, Nakuru
Egerton Assassins vs. Little Prince: 9 am
Nakuru Club vs. UoN Terrorists: 10:30 am
Egerton Kytes vs. Strathmore: 12:00 am
KPA vs. KCA-U: 4 pm

Sunday June 11

Strathmore University Grounds, Nairobi
JKUAT vs. Blazers: 8:30 am
Strathmore vs. ANU: 10 am
Gladiators vs. Daystar Falcons: 11:30 am
MKU Thika vs. NIBS: 1 pm
Storms vs. Equity Bank Hawks: 2:30 pm
USIU Flames vs. Strathmore Swords: 4 pm

Upperhill High School, Nairobi
World Hope vs. Nebulas: 8:30 am
K.U Oryx vs. Co-op Bank Kingdom Queens: 10 am
Zetech Sharks vs. Upperhill: 11:30 am
ANU vs. K.U Pirates: 1 pm
Zetech Sparks vs. Eagle Wings: 2:30 pm
Ulinzi Warriors vs. Equity Bank: 4 pm

Menengai High School, Nakuru
The game between Egerton Assassins and Riara Bucks scheduled for Sunday at 11 am has been cancelled.


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Josephine Owino aka Nyar Dudi inducted  into the Union University Sports Hall of fame

Who is Josephine Owino?

Josephine Owino played four years of basketball at Union from 2005-09. She helped lead Union to a pair of NAIA National Titles in 2006 and 2009. Owino also led Union to three TranSouth Titles and was a key part in Union's perfect regular season of 29-0 in 2008.

Owino was named a NAIA All-American three times, the NAIA National Tournament MVP in 2009, NAIA National Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and the NAIA/WBCA Player of the Year in 2008. She was a three time  all-conference performer, the TranSouth Freshman of the year in 2006 and the TranSouth Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

Owino finished her career No. 4 on the all-time scoring list for Union women's basketball with 2,240 career points. She is one of eight women's basketball players with at least 2,000 career points. She recorded 1,034 career rebounds, putting her third on the all-time list. Owino remains the only Union women's basketball player with at least 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.

Owino averaged 15.8 points per game over her four years, which puts her third highest in Union's record book. Her 37 career double-doubles and 16 double-doubles in a season both rank third on the all-time lists.

Owino holds the Union record with a .640 field goal percentage for her career. She also holds the top-3 field goal percentages in a season, with the  best being .667 in 2008.

Owino was the first and remains the only Union player to be drafted in the WNBA draft. She was selected in the third round, 28th overall by the Washington Mystics in 2009. She also attended the training camp for the Indiana Fever in 2010.

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There will be a host of matches in the Kenya National Classic League this Saturday across the Country.

Men Premier

Three Premier matches will play at Nyayo stadium on Saturday.

Blades v KCA University 1pm
Equity v Zetech University 2pm
Lions v KPA 4pm

Women Premier
Before the men matches start it will be the women that first take on the court at Nyayo Stadium.

Zetech University v Eagle Wings 10am
Storm v KPA 11.30am

In the Men Divisuon One  there will be two matches that play across the country. Lakeside take on Strathmore in Kisumu Sports Ground at 10.30am while Nakuru Clun take on Terror in Menengai High School at 11.00am.

Matches in Division two in the men category will line up as follows:

Little Prince v Blazers at 8.30am in Nyayo
Riara University v NIBS at 1.00pm in Upperhill
4-Christ v Neosasa at 2.30pm in Upperhill
JKUAT v Emyba at 4.00pm in Upperhill

There will also be two Women Divison One matches playing tomorrow. Daystar take on JKUAT at 10.30am in Upperhill while Kisumu Lady Bucks play Strathmore at 9.00am in Kisumu Sports Ground.

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Here is how the teams squared out this weekend; 

Lions Basketball Club 52 - 102 Ulinzi Warriors

Zetech University      69 - 53 USIU-A

USIU-A       67-58    Nairobi City Thunder

Co-op Bank    77-40     Umoja

KCA University   39-61 Equity Bank

EMYBA        65-44 Neosasa Morans 

Terror    58-73 World Hope

Gladiators    22-54  Strathmore University 

Riara University   62 - 75 Blazers 

KCA-U      35-60 Footprints

Trailblazers     55-64   Blades,

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Peter Shilton roared big with a game-high 37 points to help Strathmore Blades beat Lions Basketball Club 78-65 on Sunday and register their second straight win. He successfully shot seven times at the three-point line for 21 points.

In the first quarter, Shilton scored 19 points as Strathmore Blades won 28-15 with a record five three-pointers. Strathmore Blades led 45-32 at halftime after the second quarter tied 17-17.

The students maintained their lead in the third quarter with a 17-12 win before the  Lions won the fourth 21-16. John Ocholla scored 24 points for Lions while Dennis Opiyo made three three-pointers to add 18 points.

In another game, United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) finally had the win after beating Trailblazers 84-68. USIU-A are without dependable big-man Kevin Kigotho who joined Co-operative Bank and struggled only to come alive in the fourth quarter.

Fredrick Onono came off the bench to inspire the students in a big way. Despite scoring six points only, the points were critical in helping a turnaround for USIU-A.

He sunk a three-point shot with the buzzer at the close of the third quarter to give USIU-A a deserved 58-57 lead going to the last quarter.

They had played second-fiddle to Trailblazers for a long period. His second three-pointer was a carbon-copy of the first one coming with the fulltime buzzer much to the delight of fans who had pressured for his fielding.

In the first quarter, USIU-A won 21-18 after taking the lead with few minutes to the whistle.

Trailblazers had opened up a 7-point lead of 13-6 but Alvin Nyangweso made a three-pointer for 14-13 to the students. He added another three-pointer and a second from Alex Ramazani for the comeback as they went 17-13.

Before that, Trailblazers had led 2-0, 4-2 and 6-4 with ties of 2-2 and 4-4. The second quarter was a contest enough as Trailblazers fought back their way to the lead.

With 4:03 on the clock, Chris Katimbwa made a basket to tie 30-30 and Brian Oyoo gave them the lead with a basket 3:30 to play. Trailblazers went on to claim the quarter 22-17.

When play resumed, they went eight points clear leading 55-47 but USIU-A kept the chase until Onono brought in his magic and eventually won 20-17.

The fourth quarter was for USIU-A and they pressed hard to deny Trailblazers possession. They opened up a lead of 16 points at 81-65 which they held onto the final whistle.

Alex Ramazani top scored for USIU-A with 29 points while Alvin Nyangweso made 13 free shots to finish with 25 points. Katimbwa scored 15 points for Trailblazers, Present Orengo added 14 and Alex Oguso finished with 12.

USIU-A lost 66-74 to Co-op Bank on Saturday while Trailblazers beat KCA-U 76-72.

Other results of the weekend saw Nairobi City Thunder beat Equity Bank 78-65. University of Nairobi’s Terrorist was awarded a 20-0 walkover against Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) who failed to turn up for the men’s Division I game.

In the women’s Premier League, Eagle Wings beat Storms 54-51 while Equity Bank won 60-37 away to Western Delight.

In the women’s Division I, JKUAT won 42-36 against Gladiators and Strathmore University beat KCA-U 42-21.

Source -- Sports News Arena

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Tylor Ongwae only started playing basketball at the age of 15 at Friends School Kamusinga in Western Kenya, but it's taken him from Kenya to the States, to Sweden and now to Taranaki. 

"I played football when I was young, but when I reached high school my brother played basketball and I followed him. I played well in high school in Kenya and one of the coaches from the States saw me play and hooked me up with a college."

Basketball seemed to agree with him as he was named the most valuable player in Kenya in 2009 and became Friends School Kamusinga's all-time leader in scoring as he led the team to three national titles.

For a young man from Kenya, his introduction to the American game was an eye opener and made him determined to improve.

"Basketball in the States is more physical than in Kenya. The guys are faster so it took me time to get adjusted, but I stayed in the gym, worked on my game, gained more weight and with time I started getting used to it.

"It was a good experience over there. When we went there, the program wasn't doing well, and after some time we starting winning a lot of games and it was fun."

Now, after a successful stint with Swedish side Sodertalje in 2016, the 25-year-old swingman was rearing to take the court as one of two imports for the Taranaki Mountain Airs for the upcoming National Basketball League season

"I really don't know a lot about this league, but I heard it's more physical," Ongwae admitted.

He was no stranger to playing against physical opponents though, having spent the last year playing for Sodertalje in the Euro Cup and Champions League against top European teams.

Between the time he landed in the States in 2012 to now, Ongwae said his game had improved everywhere he went and believed his "jack of all trades" approach to the game would help the Mountain Airs reach a top four finish at the end fo the regular season.

"My three-point shot has really improved, I've become a stronger, can finish at the rim and also overall just reading the game. When I went first in the States I was kind of young and played fast, but now just reading the plays and reading how defence plays all that.

"I can score, I can rebound, I can defend. When I came here the coach told me the aim was to finish in the top four. It takes time, but I think with time we're just going to improve, get better and win games."

After arriving in New Zealand on Thursday, Ongwae had one day to absorb as much as he could from the Mountain Airs systems before taking to the court for the side in the Northern Blitz preseason tournament in New Plymouth on Saturday.

In the first match against the Hawke's Bay Hawks, he scored 22 points and matched it with another 20 against the Super City Rangers, also pulling down six rebounds in the match. 

"He picked his rebounding up in the second game which is going to be a big thing for us," Mountain Airs coach Trent Adam said.

"And once he gets his legs back he'll probably shoot the ball a little bit better and be a little bit better at getting to the rim."

-- Stuff.co.nz

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Cleveland Cavaliers have been handed a major boost ahead of next season with the news that LeBron James intends to remain with the franchise.

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The first leg of the Kenya Basketball Federation season concludes in the next few weeks, and we still know nothing about this league.

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The NBA is making a new play for fans in Africa by splitting with the continent's biggest sports broadcaster and teaming up with a Zimbabwean telecommunications entrepreneur who started his first business with $75, yes, Econet owner Strive Masiyiwa.

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Coast region Girls Basketball champions Kaya Tiwi made a statement of intent at the ongoing National Secondary School Games after they booked a final slot by flooring tournament favorites Loreto Girls 57-13 in the semi-final on Friday.

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Nakuru Region outfit Kapenguria Boys will battle Coast champions Aga Khan in a match dubbed top of the Pool duel in Basketball discipline as the Brookside Dairy sponsored-Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) Term One games enters day three at Friends School Kamusinga in Bungoma county on Wednesday.

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The Riara University men and women’s basketball teams, under the guidance of head coach Zedekiah Ong’ang’a, will be conducting open tryouts for walk-on spots this week at Nyayo Gymnasium.

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Fred Awuor was re-elected to a new term as Chairman of the Kenya Basketball Referees Association (KBRA)  in an electoral process that was held at the Nyayo Basketball Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

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Storms (1-0) have been trying to assemble a team since the season began but only managed to come up with a lean team of 6 players in their 38-61 loss to defending champions USIU Flames (3-0).

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Magadi Road Conference: Much fancied Riara University Bucks were on the receiving end last weekend. After beating UMMA 68-32, they lost 34-48 to hosts Catholic University of Eastern Africa and African Nazarene University 35-42.

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The reigning champions USIU Flames are moving on, advancing to the Kenya Basketball Federation ladies finals with a thrilling 57-47 win over the Equity Bank Hawks in Game 5 Monday night. This game was always going to be about weathering the storm. The game started predictably in favor of the USIU, leading 18-15 at the end of the first quarter and 33-28 at the half-time break.

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Equity Bank began their campaign for the 2015 Kenya Basketball Federation(KBF) Women Premier League title on a good note by winning their first game 64-57 against United States International University (USIU) at the weekend. The playoffs staged to the best of five series at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi saw Samba Mjomba rake in 22 points to propel the bankers to victory.

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Kenya ended their Four Nations Challenge Tournament in South African at the Wembley Indoor Stadium, Johannesburg with a 87-64 loss to the host in the ranking matches. After overcoming  the host 74-65 earlier in their preliminary encounter, the results ensured the Carey Odhiambo coached side finished last in the five day event.

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Upper Hill from Metropolitan will play Maseno School in the finals of schools Basketball to be played tomorrow at Mangu. Upper Hill overcame a rather weak challenge from the hosts in the semi finals winning the tie 74-29.

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