'Dream Team' Settle Third in Inter-City Basketball Meet - May 12, 2014
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HOSTS Dar es Salaam men's side popularly known as 'Dream Team' settled third after they beat Citizen City from South Sudan 59-49 in the Inter-city basketball tournament encounter at the National Indoor Stadium. The lunch -time third place play off match attracted a good number of basketball fans was thrilling and mouthwatering as both teams put up a brave performance. Dream team started with a high tempo in the first quarter, scoring 21 - 11 points, thanks to an outstanding performance by their shooting guard Erick Lugola, who scored 18 points alone in the whole game. The Sudanese recovered in the second quarter, in which they looked more aggressive and scored 14 points, while Dream team posted 12 points, meaning at the breather the scored board read 33-25 in favour of the Dream team. In both second and third quarters, Citizen tried to stretch their opponents to the limit, using their shooting guard, Bol Abok and point guard Ayuel Malua Leek. The duo gave 'Dream team' torrid time with eye catching dribbling skills. It was not surprising to see Citizen winning the third quarter 19-14 and slightly reduced the total margin to 47- 44 as the match sailed into the final quarter. Brief quarrel emerged in the fourth quarter, when the Egyptian referee, Wael Abdhiay called for 24 seconds foul for Dream team, a decision which was vehemently contested by coach, Kablula Shomari by the fact that the machine for counting 24 seconds collapsed. The coach won in the battle and the game continued where Dream team dominated the last quarter with 8 points while citizen scored 5. Commenting on the game, Citizen City coach, Burshara Mursara stated that it was a good and entertaining game, saying if African countries decide to invest in basketball they will certainly benefit a lot. "There is a lot for African countries to explore in basketball... we have talents and skills. I believe we can do much more than what we are doing at the moment. "We have young players who can play anywhere in the world, our fans are our sponsors, let's make this a great deal, we have talented basketballers in Africa," he said. He praised 'Dream team' for a good show, saying they put up a good display but still need to improve. For his part, the coach Shomari noted that they expected a different game from Citizen. "They came with a different game strategy from what we had expected, however, we managed to handle them. "Truly they surprised us, we saw them in the other matches and we expected them to play man to man but eventually they played zonal game but we were flexible and we changed to win the game," he said. In the other game, which was the final women game in the tournament, Nairobi defended the title after beating Kampala 59 - 58. Courtesy of: basket-in-africa.blogspot.com
PAZI and Ukonga Kings had impressive going in the Dar es Salaam Regional Basketball League winning their Wednesday encounters at the National Indoor Stadium. Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC), Paul Makonda, who was the chief guest, witnessed Pazi beating JKT 71-70 in a tense encounter. Winners had to work hard before registering a slim win in action-packed game. The two teams went 16-16 level in the first quarter. But second quarter Pazi came very strongly to lead 22-14, the score... [read more]
PAZI and Ukonga Kings had impressive going in the Dar es Salaam Regional Basketball League winning their Wednesday encounters at the National Indoor Stadium. Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC), Paul Makonda, who was the chief guest, witnessed Pazi beating JKT 71-70 in a tense encounter. Winners had to work hard before registering a slim win in action-packed game. The two teams went 16-16 level in the first quarter. But second quarter Pazi came very strongly to lead 22-14, the score helped them to lead 36-30 at the interval. The third quarter saw teams finishing 8-8 before JKT avenge mistake to take 32-25 points in the last quarter. Though it reduced the margin, the score didn't help JKT to win the game. Abuto Biko hit 20 points for Pazi, while Yisan Cheni and Martin Kolikoli (189-F-89) added 18 and 10 points each respectively. JKT top scorers were Eneriko Maregesi 16 points, Francis Mlewa (183-F-80) 12 and Karimu Mayuwe who carved 10 points. Cheni was the most brilliant play-maker who created most of assists while Kolikoli led in catching rebounds after doing it 12 times. At another match Ukonga Kings also secured a slim 7876 win over Chui in a fiercely fought encounter at the same venue on Wednesday. They started well with 17-12 lead in the first quarter; added 25-19 in second to lead 42-37 at half time. Third quarter was tough to winner, went down 20-29 before levelling 16-16 in the last quarter to give Ukonga Kings seal 78-76 vic tory. Ukonga Kings' top scorers were Godfrey Malagila who penned 22 points, Fredrick Saba 17 points, Rashidi Yakoub 12 and while Dotto Charles had 17 points and Silvatus Christopher and Nassoro Golo scored 13 and 12 for Chui. Addressing the RBA league officials and players before the match, Makonda promised to support improvement of sports infrastructure in his region. He said that after seeing the poor infrastructure of the National Indoor Stadium where RBA League matches have been staged. Courtesy of: dailynews.co.tz
Firm Set Plans to Develop Basketball - 3 months ago
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Planet Social Development (PSD), a non-governmental organization based here has outlined its priorities toward the promotion of basketball in 2017. Speaking to 'The Daily News yesterday, the executive director of PSD, Kizito Bahati said there are three major areas his organization will focus in its endeavour to see basketball in the region advanced to the desired level [read more]
Planet Social Development (PSD), a non-governmental organization based here has outlined its priorities toward the promotion of basketball in 2017. Speaking to 'The Daily News yesterday, the executive director of PSD, Kizito Bahati said there are three major areas his organization will focus in its endeavour to see basketball in the region advanced to the desired level. The former Mwanza Heroes and national team player, Bahati named the Junior Basketball League as the first event and the preparations of the players for the event were almost complete ahead of the event's take off in Dar-es- Salaam at the end of February. Bahati said his training centre will take children graded in U-13, U-15 and U-17 years to the competition. He, however, called upon the wellwishers to continue supporting his center in order to achieve this year's strategies. Bahati said his center will collaborate with Angelina Foundation to prepare the basketball bonanza for the U-13 boys and girls to be held at the end of this month at Mwanza Eagles court. He added, in March this year the centre will bring again the United States (USA) based- Minneapolis High School head coach, George Ellis to conduct a two-week basketball training for the children. According to him the centre has managed to draw 300 students in the training course at Mwanza Eagles court in Kiloleli ward. Elaborating more on the strategies, Bahati said in early July the centre will collaborate with the Mwanza Regional Basketball Association (MRBA) to prepare the team for the Inter Secondary School Basketball League. Last time the Inter Secondary School Basketball tournament was held in 2007 at Butimba Teachers Training College (TTC) and Taqwa secondary schools emerged the overall winners. Courtesy of: dailynews.co.tz
The Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) general meeting has failed to take place as planned in Arusha for lack of quorum. TBF President, John Bandiye said the meeting was scheduled to be conducted simultaneously with the ongoing National Basketball Championship 'Taifa Cup' but it was shelved following a poor turnout of delegates to the meeting [read more]
The Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) general meeting has failed to take place as planned in Arusha for lack of quorum. TBF President, John Bandiye said the meeting was scheduled to be conducted simultaneously with the ongoing National Basketball Championship 'Taifa Cup' but it was shelved following a poor turnout of delegates to the meeting. Initially, the meeting was scheduled to be held on December 5 and 6, while the annual national basketball tournament is going on, but TBF officials had to call off the meeting until the federation's committee meet to discuss the matter. Speaking yesterday in Arusha, Bandiye said the general meeting was supposed to be preceded by TBF's Board meeting but the quorum required to make the meeting legal was not met. The board members are chairpersons of regional associations. "Majority of them had excuses, as some of them failed to obtain permission from their employers to travel to Arusha to attend the meeting," he said. According to Bandiye, only three board members from three regions managed to attend," he said, while also noting that at least four secretary generals from different regions and some players were in Arusha ready for the meeting, but the number was not enough to allow TBF leaders to continue with the meeting as stipulated in the constitution. Bandiye said the main agenda that was to be discussed during the meeting was the constitution amendments and deliberate on the federation's strategic plan for next year as well to discuss and pass the newly suggested players, coaches and referees registration system. The TBF chief has urged all the board members to ensure they attend the next meeting after the federation's Executive Committee meet and announce the new date for the general meeting. As per TBF constitution, the meeting is held once per two years, while the board meeting is held twice per year. In another development, Mbeya beat Kilimanjaro 76-43 in a thrilling quarterfinal clash of the ongoing Taifa Cup. In another semifinal match, Mwanza thrashed Arusha Combine 54- 47 to reach the semi-final stage. Courtesy of: dailynews.co.tz
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