NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenyan sides Equity Bank Hawks and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) are in the hunt for maiden wins at the 2017 FIBA Africa Women’s Club Championships in Luanda, Angola on Tuesday evening.
Hawks, the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Women’s Premier League champions will take on V-Club of Congo in the later game while KPA are in action against Daring Club Motema Pembe of Democratic Republic of Congo with the fixtures starting at 4:30pm and 6:30pm East African Time (+3GMT).
Hawks succumbed to a dispiriting 99-30 defeat to home favourites, Inter Clube as they struggled to acquit themselves on their first outing at the continental showpiece in their last outing.
The five-time African champions did not allow Hawks to settle right from the opening quarter where they established a handy 29-8 margin before the Kenyans stemmed the onslaught in the second but they still went down 18-6.
Nicole Michael, who had a game high 24 points, led Inter to bag the third and fourth quarters 29-9 and 23-7 with Belinda Akoth starring for the Hawks with 11.
It was the third straight loss for Hawks- who earned a ticket to Angola by winning the KBF league and taking silver at the FIBA Africa Zone V Club Championships- after going down 62-43 to two-time winners, First Bank of Nigeria on Saturday before Algerians Groupement Sportif des Petroliers outclassed them 59-32.
Head coach David Maina and his Hawks are out to prey on V-Club of Congo on Tuesday evening in an encounter that starts at 6pm local time (+3GMT).
“This tournament is very tough and teams are well oiled but I’m glad we are gaining so much experience in the games we are playing,” Maina underscored.
Compatriots KPA who won the regional title lost 75-43 to hosts Club Desportivo De Agosto with the two-time winners (2006 and 2015) overpowering the Kenyans for the second successive year having topped them in Maputo, Mozambique.
The dockers are due to tackle Daring Club Motema Pembe of Democratic Republic of Congo in their second game also on Tuesday.
Fiba Africa Women’s Club Championships results
Equity Bank Hawks 43 First Bank (Nigeria) 62
Equity Bank Hawks 32 Groupement Sportif des Petroliers (Algeria) 59
Equity Bank Hawks 30 Inter Clube (Angola) 99
KPA 43 Club Desportivo De Agosto (Angola) 75
Tuesday’s Fixtures (EAT)
KPA vs Daring Club Motema Pembe (DR Congo) 4:15pm
Equity Bank Hawks vs V-Club (Congo) 6.30pm