For Onjiko High School, their ambition to retain the Nyanza region boys basketball title was always there for everyone to behold.
It has always been their dream to remind any doubters that they are the regional champions. With every match, they've never missed the opportunity to assert their authority.
And so, when they met Agoro Sare on the opening day of this year's Nyanza games in Kisii School on Wednesday, the champions knew what was awaiting them. They never disappointed, winning 84-27 in the one-sided match.
Led by their point guard Alvin Otieno, the two-time Kisumu County basketball champions dominated their opening Group A encounter against the Homa Bay giants from the first quarter to the final whistle, weathering the heavy downpour that saw the games suspended for a while.
The match started aggressively with both sides going neck-and-neck, but it was Onjiko who emerged tops, leading 19-12 in the first quarter.
The defending champions later tore Agoro Sare apart after a commanding 23-5 second quarter performance before putting the game to sleep with a quarter left after another 15-8 show in the third quarter.
The Joseph Were coached side sealed the win with a 27-2 fourth quarter show to win 84-27.
“I told you we will defeat them heavily,” said Onjiko coach Were.
“The boys played well today. Despite a physical start in the first quarter, we composed ourselves to shatter their dreams of winning game one. We look forward to our second match today,” said the former Sigalame Boys head coach.
Onjiko will face off Nyanchwa from Kisii County today from 2pm. Nyanchwa, who lost their county title to Kisii School two weeks ago, will begin their games against Migori today from 8am.
At the same time, Usenge shocked hosts Kisii School 39-30 in another match.
In the girls' category, defending champions Asumbi Girls saw off Tuk Jowi 31-28 to get off to a positive start.