Breaking

Uganda’s JKL Dolphins Stops Kenya’s Equity to Qualify for FIBA Africa Champions

The debutants at the tournament had a slow start of the game losing 11-17 by the end of the first quarter. But the team outclassed Equity 17-4 in the second half. By the end of the third quarter, Equity fought back to ensure a 42-49 game although the JKL side remained on top.
JKL Dolphins celebrate after their victory on Friday night
Uganda's JKL Lady Dolphins on Friday night defeated kenya’s Equity, the defending champions of the Zone five Qualifiers, 63-53 to earn a ticket to the FIBA Africa Womens Champions.   

The semi-final win also means the JKL side now faces a familiar opponent, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in the finals in the games taking place in Dar es salam, Tanzania. 

JKL, debutants at the tournament had a slow start of the game losing 11-17 by the end of the first quarter. But the team  outclassed Equity 17-4 in the second half.   By the end of the third quarter, Equity fought back to ensure a 42-49 game although the JKL side remained on top.   

A well-played offence and defence in the last 10 minutes of the game earned JKL a final 63-53 win despite attempts by Equity to go hard.   

Flavia Oketcho scored 15 points for the Ugandan side,  while Brenda Ekone added another 14 points. Centre Hope made 10 points.   

Now JKL will face KPA in the battle for the Zone five Women’s Title on Saturday night. In their only encounter with KPA, JKL lost with a point in the game that ended 57-58, despite leading in the first half of the highly competitive game on Tuesday.  

KPA stopped Rwanda’s APR 62-46 in the second semi-finals to qualify for the finals.   Both JKL and KPA proceed to the championship to be held in Madagascar in December this year, irrespective of the outcome of the finals.   

The tournament has in the past been dominated by Ugandan sides, Uganda Christian University (UCU)Lady Canons, and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Leopards. This time the two did not qualify.