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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Kenyans succumb to heavy defeat against hosts Egypt

10 Ahmed Tawfik (EGY) - Egypt v Cameroon, Afrobasket 2015, Radès (Tunisia), Group Phase, 21 August 2015
10 Ahmed Tawfik (EGY) - Egypt v Cameroon, Afrobasket 2015, Radès (Tunisia), Group Phase, 21 August 2015

KENYA men suffered a 89-47 whitewash against hosts Egypt in their Fiba Africa Zone Five Group A qualifiers match played at the Cairo Stadium, Olympic Center, Egypt.

The Kenyans staged a good fight in the first two quarters but proved no match to the top seeded Egyptians, who blew them away in the last two after their defence dramatically collapsed twenty minutes from time.

Egypt rolled away to a 19-16 edge in the first quarter as they navigated their way through the Kenyan defence. In the second, the margin slowly swelled to 24-15 for a manageable 43-30 difference at the breather.

After resumption, the bottom finally fell for Kenya as Egypt, urged on by their supporters started to exert pressure. When the horn sounded after 10 minutes of play, they had gathered a huge 24-8 points cushion.

There was little Kenya could do in the last quarter as Egypt, boosted by their seven foot center Ahmed Tawfik, Elmekwai Mostafa, Khalifa Haisham, easily sailed away for a 22-9 margin. It was the teams’ heaviest blow out in a regional and continental meeting.

Forward Evans Leting was Kenya’s only shining star in a dark night as he courageously went at taller opponents and sunk game high 23 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Egypt balance score was led by Ahmed Mohammed who nailed 10, had four rebounds and seven assists.

Kenya had lost 76-60 to Rwanda and went down 68-66 to Southern Sudan. Egypt are topping the pool with unbeaten run.

In a rescheduled fixtures, Kenya were due to meet Somalia who were last in group B that had three names among them Uganda and Burundi. South Sudan fell 80-90 to Rwanda while Burundi lost 99-52 to Uganda.

Kenya women were also due to take on Uganda whom they earlier dispatched 71-40 in their opening tie. The three teams are playing home and away format.

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