KCCA Leopards 61-36 APR (Women)
City Oilers 62-58 Espoir (Men)
KPA 83-41 Ethopia Waters (Men)

The 2014 FIBA Africa Zone V Club Championships tipped off this morning  at the KPA Gymnasium in Mombasa. Two Ugandan sides KCCA Leopards and City Oilers were in action against their counter parts from Rwanda.

Last season’s National Basketball League finalists, KCCA Leopards took the court first against Rwanda’s APR.

The Leopards started the game in high gear holding APR scoreless for nearly 7 minutes of the first quarter while running away and finished frame leading 16-6.

APR tried to contain the Leopards in the second period but were still edged 11-10 in the quarter. This was APR’s best effort in trying to stop the Leopards as KCCA’s second half was overwhelming running away with a 61-36 blow out victory in their first Pool A game.

Forward, Claire Lamunu led the way for KCCA Leopards with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and  5 blocks.

Meanwhile, local champions City Oilers took on their match Espoir of Rwanda in the last game of the opening day. Former teammates at Falcons four years ago, Kami Kabange and Mike Bazungu went against each other.

Espoir started strong to take the first quarter 25-16. City Oilers solidified defensively in the second period while maintaining their offense to go into halftime level at 32.

Once City Oilers took the lead in the third they never looked back and eventually edged Espoir 64-58.

Kami Kabange scored team high 14 points, picked 8 rebounds and handed out 6 helpers while guards Ben Komakech and Jimmy Enabu contributed 13 points each for Oilers who are taking part in their first regional event. Andrew Opio added 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Bazungu won the scoring battle with game high 18 points for APR but Kabange won the game. Lionel Hakizimana added 12 points for Espoir

In the other game of the day, hosts KPA blew out Ethopia Waters 83-41.

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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