KPA make history with silver in Africa Women's Basketball League


BASKETBALL KPA make history with silver in Africa Women's Basketball League

Festus Chuma 09:32 - 20.12.2023

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) women's basketball team secures silver in the inaugural Africa Women's Basketball League.

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) secured silver in the inaugural Africa Women's Basketball League (AWBL) that concluded in Alexandria, Egypt on Tuesday night.

The nine-day competition featured ten teams battling it out for the newly revamped AWBL title, which followed the Africa Champions Cup for Women won by Sporting Alexandria the previous year, marking their first-ever African club title.

Sporting Alexandria emerged as the champions, sealing their unbeaten run with a dominant 103-59 victory over KPA in the final match.

KPA's journey to the final was marked by a remarkable upset over the star-studded Rwanda Energy Group (REG) in the semifinals, making them the first Kenyan team to reach a final in a FIBA Africa clubs competition.

The road to the final was not without challenges, as Sporting Alexandria had previously defeated KPA in the 2022 Africa Champions Cup, with scores of 100-82 in the semifinals and 102-77 in the preliminary round of this year's event.

However, KPA showcased their resilience by finishing second in Group A with seven points, including three wins and one loss, while Sporting Club topped the group with a perfect record.

Captain Hagar Amer led the way for Sporting Alexandria in the final, scoring an impressive 32 points, with support from Ceirra Janay's 17 points, as they took a commanding lead early in the game.

Sporting Alexandria's fast-break game proved effective, outscoring KPA 28-13 in that department.

Despite a valiant effort in the final quarter, KPA could not overcome the deficit.

Victoria Reynolds and Aminata Samassekou contributed with 12 and 16 points, respectively, but they found themselves trailing 29-17 at the end of the third quarter.

In the third-place playoff, Rwanda Energy Group (REG) secured a hard-fought victory over Interclub of Angola, further highlighting the competitive nature of the tournament.

Equity Hawks, another Kenyan representative, finished in sixth place after losing to Customs of Nigeria with a score of 85-53.

Equity Hawks had previously lost to KPA in the quarterfinals, underlining the strength of Kenyan women's basketball on the continental stage.

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