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Wanyama anchors Kenya to good start at 3×3 Africa Cup, men falter


NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2 – Mercy Wanyama put up an imperious offensive and defensive performance as Kenya’s women’s team started their 3×3 Africa Cup on a winning note while the men faltered with back to back slim losses in Cairo, Egypt on Friday night.

The women’s team tipped off their campaign with a 21-14 victory over Benin while the men’s team lost by slim margins, going down 18-16 to Benin and 19-18 to defending champions Madagascar.

The men were the first on the court taking on Benin, but couldn’t nudge in a morale boosting first win.

Faheem Juma was Kenya’s best contributor with six points and four rebounds, while Benin’s Adeshokan Odou was in beast mode, sinking eight points and landing 14 rebounds.

The Beninese were cleaner on the boards, edging Kenya to the second ball in most occasions.

The Morans tidied up in the second game against Mauritania, but once again lost by very fine margins. It was a fast-paced start to the game, the teams responding with baskets in quick succession.

Kenya went into the lead for the first time with just over a minute left, Victor ‘Electric’ Ochieng’s shot from outside the arch landing them an 18-17 lead prompting a time out.

On return , the Madagascar boys shot two consecutive points and wound the clock with possession. Faheem, Ochieng and Albert Odero all had six point contributions, but it was the quick dribbling Elly Randriamampionona of Madagascar who was the most efficient with 11 points and eight rebounds.

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The Morans will now take on Morocco in a must win match to move to the quarter finals.

Meanwhile, the women had a single game on match day one, against Benin, which they glided through comfortably. Mercy Wanyama starred on the boards with a whooping 15 rebounds and added on six points to her contribution.

Skipper Natalie Akinyi and her KPA teammate Hilda Indasi had eight and seven points respectively, each rebounding thrice. All of Akinyi’s buckets came from beyond the arch.

The women have three games on Saturday, taking on Nigeria, Madagascar and Morocco and a win in all will sail them into the last four directly.





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