Buruburu beat Kaya Tiwi to end 18-year drought as Kakamega lift 15s title

By Elizabeth Mburugu: Sunday, April 14th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Sports
Suleiman Mwachizi (left) of Aga Khan Academy from Mombasa County dribbles the ball past Brans Nzioka (right) of Laiser Hill school in one of the opening basketball matches during the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association Term One Ball games at Shimo la Tewa School, April 09, 2019. [GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD]

After many years of near misses, heartbreak and pain, Buruburu girls finally got it right as they were crowned this year’s Brookside Term One games girls basketball champions. 

Determined not to suffer another heartbreak, the gritty Buruburu held the nerve yesterday to beat last year’s winners Kaya Tiwi 43-41 and reclaim the title they last won in 2000.

Not even the large crowds that thronged Shimo La Tewa School to support their opponents Kaya Tiwi could stop the trophy-hungry city girls from accomplishing their mission. 

Chantel Kiyobe was the undisputed star of the match anchoring her side to victory with 19 points while Mauryne Nyang’anyi added 10.

Lilian Ocholla and Dayana Muraa scored 11 points each for Kaya Tiwi but their efforts were not good enough to help them retain the title. Buruburu’s victory ended Kaya Tiwi’s reign at the helm of girls basketball that started in 2016. 

Kiyobe, who tested victory after three defeats in a row said that it was a perfect way to sign out. “We have come close in the last three years but fell short but I’m glad that we got it right this year. Winning the title in my last year in high school is the perfect way to sign out."

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Burning with desire to avenge their numerous losses to Kaya Tiwi, Buruburu rallied from 11-13 by the end of the first quarter to score 16-11 in the second and take a 27-24 lead at half-time.

The third quarter was tightly contested with Buruburu taking it 9-8 before Kaya Tiwi fought hard to take the fourth 9-7 but it was a little too late to salvage their crown. 

In the boys’ contest, Laiser Hill hit Dagoretti High 69-52 to retain their trophy and bag their eighth overall gong.

The ever-green James Marial was superb for Laiser Hill sinking 24 points with Brian Mutiso scoring 11 points. Robert Wanjala starred for Dagoretti with 15 points while Akok Akech scored eight. 

Laiser Hill captain Douglas Kivati said that having accomplished their mission locally they will embark on preparations for East Africa games. “Our first objective was to successfully defend our national title and I’m glad that we made it happen.

“We will celebrate moderately because we want to focus on preparations for the East Africa games with the aim of performing better that we did last year."

Agoro Sare and Tigoi finished third in the boys and girls categoris, respectively, after beating Alliance 60-42 and St Brigid’s Kiminini 65-41respectively.

Rugby giants Kakamega reclaimed their 15s title after beating newcomers Dagoretti High 18-11 in the final. Collins Indeche touched down twice for Kakamega.

Alvin Mutachi scored one try while Emmanuel Mwinamo’s penalty kick was spot on to make it 18. Timothy Lugalia was Dagoretti’ s lead scorer with six points from two penalties while George Gravine scored one try. 

Kangaru bagged the last rugby 15s ticket to Arusha for August East Africa games after dismissing Alliance 12-7 in third place playoffs.

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