The Kenya Men’s basketball team popularly known as the Morans made light work of neighbours Tanzania dismantling them 95-59 on Day Two of the Afrobasket Championship pre-qualifiers at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
Captain Griffin Ligare sunk 21 points to lead the rout with Ulinzi Warriors shooting guard Eric Mutoro adding 15 for Kenya who thus made it two wins in two after they had dispatched Eritrea on Tuesday.
The Tanzanian bench was a sight to amaze at as they could only field 6 players compared to the Kenyans who had a full bench of 12 players.
The match tipped off infrantic pace with the Morans racing to an 8-0 lead within the opening seconds. Smelling blood, Bosire and Ligare took the match by the neck throwing threes at every opportunity sending Kenya to a 20-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The boys in blue had no answer to the fast Kenyan attacks crumbling on any physical contact. It was clear that the Kenyan physical sizes intimidated the Tanzanians.
Ligare begun the second quarter as he had left the first while the introduction of “Bush”Wamukota further inflicted fear into the opponents as he dunked at every opportunity.
The Tanzanians however got their first points in style through Ally Mohammed who had shown glimpses of his ability from the outside area tipping in three points.
By halftime, Tanzania albeit on board were trailing 44-18.
The script in the third quarter was the same as the first two with Ligare, FaheemJuma of Thunder and KPA’s Valentine Nyakinga dominating proceedings.
Fatigue was always going to play a role in the Tanzanian side as they could not afford the luxury or rolling substitutions like the Kenyans with only one player on the bench and by the time the referees called for the third break they were trailing 72-39.
Experienced French based forwad further added the majority of his 8 points in the last quarter with double threes as the Moranscomfortablya ran out 95-59 winners.
Focus next shifts to Somalia who had lost the day’s opening fixture to Burundi 86-106 with Morans eyes fixed on finishing top of the six team log.