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Uganda’s JKL Ladies Are New Zone Five Basketball Champions

Uganda’s JKL Lady Dolphins on Saturday night defeated reigning champions Kenya Ports Authority in the Zone 5 Qualifiers final to emerge as the new Champions.
27 Oct 2019 12:39
Ugandas JKL are Zone five Champions
Uganda’s JKL Lady Dolphins on Saturday night defeated reigning champions Kenya Ports Authority in the Zone 5 Qualifiers final to emerge as Champions. 

The Mombasa based side KPA started the campaign with a slim lead of 15-14 in the first quarter over JKL in a game full of experience and energy played at the National Indoor stadium arena in Dar es salaam. 

KPA continued the lead at second half with 33-28 lead, but the JKL side rose to the occasion with good defence and offense to ensure a major 22-12 lead in the third quarter.  The fourth quarter was a game largely dominated by the Ugandan side as the debutants limited KPA to only eight points, ensuring a 63-56 much needed win of the day. 

The win grants the Ugandan side their first ever regional championship and a ticket to the continental games that attracts only the best from Africa.   

Brenda Ekone took home the woman of the match award after she scored an impressive 15 points and 10 rebound with her quick attacks towards the opponent’s side KPA's main guard Nathalie Akinyi top performance at the back and front of the court could not save the Kenyans. 

JKL  Captain Flavia Oketcho walked away with the Most Valuable Player Award, after  a consistent display of skills and guiding her team to the historic achievement.  

Oketcho featured for KCCA Leopards at the 2015 edition in Angola, and is now glad to return in the big arena, after missing up to three editions. 

Although they lost to JKL, Kenya’s KPA qualify also for the African champions games by virture of emerging the second best team in the East African games. 

The teams join defending champions  Ferroviario de Maputo of Mozambique, hosts MB2ALL while nine more teams are yet to qualify for the remaining slots in games to be played in Madagascar.  

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