Debutants Eldonets battle champions KPA

Kenya Basketball Premier league debutants Eldonets will be battling out with the reigning champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) expecting their second win when they play away in Mombasa.

Eldonets became the first team to play the top flight basketball in North Rift Region won their opening match against visiting United States International University (USIU) side The Tigers at Uasin Gishu high school court on Saturday.

Head coach cum player Maurice Ouma said they have nothing to lose event if they are playing the defending champions.

“Don’t be surprised when we win away to Mombasa. We are always a team full of surprises,” said Ouma on Tuesday in Eldoret.

In their opening match, James Ongwae scored 20 points to seal their maiden victory against USIU with a slim margin of 69-65.

Ouma was a delighted man as he makes a trip to the coastal town to play against champions.

“It is a dream come true for us as a team that has worked their way to the top. We are going for nothing else apart from the win and maximum points,” added Ouma.

Commenting in last weekend’s match, Ouma said: “Winning the first match on debut is a plus for us and we are hoping to continue with such spirit. Our target is to finish top.”

The Tigers won the first quarter with a point more than their hosts at 13-14 before the hosts winning the second with a big margin at 19-08 with Ongwae netting 8 and 6 points respectively.
In third quarter, it was a reverse of the first quarter as hosts won by 14-13 but capitalising on defensive lapse, USIU managed to grab the last quarter win with 23-30.
Ongwae scored four points in each last two quarters. 
Ongwae’s 20 points tied with Mathew Kibet scores in the match as top scorers while Jeremiah Aliva and Mark Miruka scored seven points apiece for Eldonets and The Tigers respectively.
Ouma added that after getting sponsorship from Platinum Credit they have nothing to fear but play basketball.
“We used to struggle on away matches in the Division One but for now we are in good position to play without pressure on how we will travel or what to eat. This is a blessing for us,” added Ouma who played for the team last year.

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