February 29, 2024

KPA run riot as they start road to 2023 Basketball Africa League

KPA run riot as they start road to 2023 Basketball Africa League
Photo: KPA in action. Courtesy of fiba.basketball

KPA have hopes of making the Elite 16 after beating Djabal Basket Iconi in their first group Road to BAL 2023 match

Kenya’s representative Kenya Ports Authority hit a century in their opening game of the first round of qualification to the 2023 Basketball Africa League (BAL), thrashing Comoros side Djabal Basket Iconi in their Group D opening match in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Anthony Kidong’o hit a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds adding on with three steals and an equal number of assists in the massive victory.

Ariel Okal who has joined the team after concluding the season in Uganda with Namuwongo Blazers hot a game high 23 points while Wade Lowman had 23 and Eugene Adera 12 as the dockers made a statement of intent.

Sammy Kiki’s men had a great start, moving to a 17 point lead with a 27-10 scofre after the first quarter. They continued with their hold of the game outscoring the side 39-7 in the second quarter They kept the momentum in the last quarter as the cruised to a 31-10, closing it out with 120-37 win.

The dockers will now take on hosts COSPN in the second match on Sunday evening as they seek to clinch top spot and make a case for themselves in the battle to progress to the Elite 16, from where the top three teams in each of the two groups qualify for the final tournament.