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Deposed champs Kaya Tiwi finish 3rd in basketball

IN GULU, UGANDA

Kenya’s Kaya Tiwi on Saturday finished third in the girls’ basketball competition as the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games came to a close.

Kaya Tiwi, winners of the competition on their debut last year, beat LAC Tanganyika of Burundi 53-25 in the play-off match at Kaunda grounds.

The Coast side were once again looking to notch another double having successfully retained their national title in April.

Kaya Tiwi coach Philip Onyango vowed to return back stronger next year and reclaim the title.

“We had hopes of going all the way again this year but we were beaten by some good teams. We have picked some valuable lessons that will help us return better prepared next year,” the veteran tactician said.

Kaya led 12-4 at the end of the first quarter before outscoring their opponents 10-9 in the second quarter for a 22-13 lead at the break.  Kaya outplayed their opponents in the final two quarters scoring 18-6 and 13-6 to claim the bronze medal.

Kaya lost out in the semi-finals to 2015 winners St Mary’s Kitende on Friday. Uganda’s Buddo Secondary were crowned winners of the competition after a slim 66-65 win over St Mary’s Kitende in Saturday’s final.

The boys’ crown was won by Aper Rugunga of Rwanda, who beat Buddo 71-70 to retain their title.

Kenyan sides Upper Hill and Laiser Hill failed to go past the group stages. Kenya last won the basketball title in 2013 through Upper Hill. Kenya also relinquished the girls’ handball title after 2016 champions Moi Girls Kamusinga lost 25-21 to Uganda’s Kibuli Secondary School in the final at St Joseph’s Layibi College.

“We gave it our all but they were stronger towards the end and my players could not cope due to burnout,” Kamusinga coach Geoffrey Simiyu said.

Kenya’s St Anne’s Sega Girls claimed bronze after downing Mbogo Secondary School of Uganda 24-22. E.S. Kigoma won the boys’ handball title after a slim 35-21 win over Kibuli as Dynamic of Uganda finished third after a 24-19 win against Rwandese side Adegi.

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