Mchenga B Ball Stars clinch U-20 Basketball Tournament’s trophy  

02Jul 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Mchenga B Ball Stars clinch U-20 Basketball Tournament’s trophy  

​​​​​​​DAR ES SALAAM’s Mchenga BBall Stars side has won the 2021 Asas U-20 Basketball Tournament’s trophy, cruising to 65-62 victory over Yellow Jacket in the final which took place in the city early this week.

Betras Basketball Club’s players, Victor Michael (R), and Salum Shaib, showcase their prowess at a training which took place in Dar es Salaam recently. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

The tournament, which involved junior basketball sides from across the city, aimed at raising the game’s standard.

 The thrilling final, which took place at the Train 2 gain court at Muhimbili, was attended by, among others, Director of Sports Development in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Yusuph Singo that was the guest of honour.

Singo congratulated Mchenga BBall Stars squad for staging a comeback in the last quarter.

The guest of honour was accompanied by a contestant for Basketball Dar es Salaam’s presidency, Shendu Mwangalla.

Yellow Jacket had an upper hand early on in the final, keeping their opponents at bay with skilful showing.

The match’s opening quarter had Yellow Jacket taking 25-12 lead.

In the second quarter, Yellow Jacket kept on tormenting Mchenga BBall Stars, executing quick passes that gave the latter no chance.

Yellow Jacket took 25-12 lead after the completion o the second quarter to notch 40-24 lead at half time.

With Yellow Jacket youngsters having much confidence, the side slowly started losing concentration in the third quarter.

The tendency gave Mchenga BBall opportunity to reorganize.  Mchenga BBall Stars then managed to score points whenever they neared their opponents’ arc.

Spirited showing Mchenga BBall Stars showcased had the outfit taking control of the clash’s third quarter, commanding 25-12 lead.

The last quarter once again belonged to Mchenga BBall Stars outfit, the squad went on to take 16-10 lead.

Yellow Jacket’s Fotius Ngaiza slotted in 15 points, teammate Ronaldo Kelvin chipped in with 14 points, and Anshuman Sigh scored 10 points.

Mchenga BBall Stars’ Mathew Shissot was the top scorer, ending with 14 points, he as well had 10 assists, and fellow player Omary Sadick posted 12 points.

Shissot was voted as the showdown’s Most Valuable Player, Ngaiza won the competition’s best defender prize.

Mchenga BBall Stars‘Sadick was presented with the competition final’s Most Valuable Player prize.

Eight outfits took part in the tournament and they were put in two groups.

Yellow Jacket, Mchenga BBall Stars, Mabibo Baller and Segerea Junior made Group A.

Group comprised Don Lua, Vijana Young Kids, Mchenga Young Stars and Drim Chaser.

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