Savio retain Dar es Salaam Basketball League trophy

24Sep 2018
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Savio retain Dar es Salaam Basketball League trophy

SAVIO Basketball Club has realized successful title retention in the Dar es Salaam Regional Basketball League, beating Oilers 57-51 in the final at the National Indoor Stadium in the city last weekend.

Oilers' technical bench will have to bear the blame for blowing the side's chance to win the match given the outfit's coaches failed to make proper substitutions.

Savio fully capitalized on their opponents' blunders to record points and ultimately win the match.

Savio's head coach Evarist Mapunda said they had expected to post the win given they knew their opponents' weaknesses.

“We are an experienced club in domestic basketball. Any outfit which will attempt to turn tables on us will definitely falter thereafter," Mapunda disclosed.
Oilrers' player Erick Lugola noted they were unlucky given mistakes they had committed proved costly.

He disclosed they will seek to avoid committing the mistakes in the coming Africa Zone Five Club Championship to be held in Dar es Salaam, in which Oilers will be one of the sides which will represent the country in the event.

The final saw Oilers dominate the proceedings early on and put Savio under pressure. After having seen Oilers post a 12-6 lead in the first quarter, Savio bounced back in the second quarter, executing long passes which gave their opponents no chance and saw the former recorder a 22-20 lead at the breather.

The third quarter saw Oilers reorganize and regain dominance to record a 20-13 lead. Savio though showcased a never say die attitude given they took control of the game in the remaining quarter to lead 22-11 and win the match.

Cornelius Mgaza of Savio emerged as the top scorer with 18 points, had eight assists and five turnovers. Team mate Amini Mtambo notched 12 points whereas Valentina Nyankinda recorded 12 points.

Oilers' Evance David recorded 15 points and team mate Erick John finished with 14 points. John was awarded 100,000/- for excelling in three-point scoring contest.

Mgaza was voted as the game's best player and received 100,000/-.

Ukonga Queens' head coach Dennis Lipiki whose side lost to DB Lionesses in the league's women's category final disclosed the loss was caused by the absence of the former's key player Juliana Mashaka in the latter stages as the player had fouled out.

Lipiki also noted Ukonga Queens' other dependable player, Jesca Julias, had lost steam in the fourth as she was not rested throughout the first three quarter.

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