End of the road for Kenyan 3x3 basketball teams in Birmingham

Scotland’s Kennedy LEONARD (R) is challenged by Kenya’s Victoria Reynolds during their Women 3x3 Basketball match at Smithfield Market in Birmingham , United Kingdom on July 31, 2022. (Kelly Ayodi, Standard)

Kenya’s men and women 3x3 basketball teams were on Monday evening knocked out of the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games currently going on in Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

George Omondi scored six points for Kenyan men who went down 20-15 to Australia in the quarterfinals.

Larry Aligula and Faheem Juma added four points each in the defeat as KPA’s John Wijass finished with one point.

Tom Wright led the Aussies in scoring with eight points as his teammate closely followed with seven points in the win.

In the women’s quarterfinals, Hilda Indasi also dropped six points as Kenya lost 21-17 to Scotland.

Medina Okot and US based Victoria Reynolds each bagged five points in the defeat as Melissa Akinyi finished with a point.

Despite registering mixed results since their debut on Friday last week, the Kenyan teams made it through to the knockout stages.

On Sunday, Kenyan men lost narrowly to Scotland 15-14 in their final pool match as their female counterparts went down 21-17 to the Scottish women.

Despite the defeat, Kenyan men qualified for the last eight.

enya had mixed fortunes as they made their debut at the Commonwealth Games.

The men team made a good start on Friday night after beating pre-match favourites Sri Lanka, but the women team lost the opener to Australia.

Kenyan men are pooled in group A alongside Canada, Sri Lanka and Scotland.

Coached by Zadock Adika, the Kenyan men team that comprised of Larry Shavanga, John Wijass, Darril Omondi and Faheem Juma defeated Sri Lanka 21-18 but lost narrowly in the second match 15-12 to Canada.

In women category, Kenya recovered from an opening 21-15 loss to Australia to beat Sri Lanka 21-18 in their second match.

The team had towering Melissa Akinyi, Victoria Ronalds, Hilda Indasi and Madina Okot and is under coach Eunice Ouma.

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