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Kenya Morans star Ongwae voted Danish Cup Defensive Player of the Year

BASKETBALL By Washington Onyango | April 6th 2021
Taylor Okari (right) in action druing a past match.[Courtsey]

Kenya Morans star Taylor Ongwae is the Danish Defensive Player of the Year.

Ongwae was awarded after an impressive show where he helped his club Bakken Bears win the Danish Cup.

Ongwae scored seven points and had 10 rebounds with an assist to inspire Bakken Bears to the Danish Men’s Cup by beating Horsens 80-82 in the final.

In his third season with the Danish giants, Ongwae has been instrumental for the champions on the defensive end.

Ongwae has won this cup coming off a great performance for the Kenya Morans at the Afrobasket qualifiers played in Cameroon earlier this year in February.

This is after his buzzer-beating jump shot over Angola earned Kenya a historic slot in the 2021 Afrobasket Championship to be held in Rwanda where Kenya has not been participating for the past 27-years.

Last month, Ongwae was voted the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) for the month of January and February. He beat reigning Safari Rally and Kenya champion Baldev Chager to the February award.

He was also named in the FIBA Africa Top 10 list of players after leading Morans with team-highs of 14.8 points and 4.2 assists and was the team's second leading-rebounder with 7.2 boards in five games. 

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Ongwae joined the Bakken Bears in 2018 from Swiss outfit SAM Basket having also played for Taranaki Mountainairs in New Zealand and Italy for Felice Scandone and in Sweden where he turned out for Södertälje Kings.

Ongwae will today(Tuesday) be heading into the Danish League playoffs where Bakken Bears will face Elite Basketball Akademi Aarhus (EBAA) in the quarterfinals.

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