Basketball titles at the Vihiga County Games remained with familiar faces as Tigoi Girls and Chavakali Boys successfully defended their crowns.
Tigoi humiliated Bunyore Girls 112-26 in a one sided affair having a home advantage while Chavakali edged Nyang’ori 95-91 in a hotly contested final.
Tigoi came out strong and showed they are in a class of their own as they registered massive wins in all their matches in this year’s championship.
Earlier before they had crashed out Ibubi Girls 119-13 in the semis while in their group matches they had huge wins of 87-22, 111-8 and 102-15 against Bunyore, Emanyinya and Shalom respectively as the three-day competition came to an end on Saturday.
Tigoi dominated all the sets with 37-4, 28-3, 24-11, 23-8.
Head coach Ken Egovwa said his team went back to drawing board especially after losing last year’s regional title by just a single basket and he has now shifted focus to the forthcoming regional competitions.
“We have been training very hard since April last year waiting for our time and I believe our time is this year to shine at the regional especially knowing that we as the county we will be hosting the championship,” Egovwa told Citizen Digital.
Both Tigoi and Bunyore will however represent the county in the regional championship. Ibubi finished third after defeating Kaimosi 19-13.
On their side Chavakali showed their powers over Nyang’ori after hammering them again for second year running in a final in a highly contested match played at Nyang’ori court.
Both teams won two quarters each with Nyang’ori beging the match on a high note with a 25-20 before Chavakali regained energy to win the second quarter 23-14.
In the third quarter Nyang’ori again with back up of their fans pulled up their sockes winning 38-21 but Chavakali showed them that they were unstoppable registering a win of 31-14.
“It was a good game; we are going to work on our defence since we committed very many fouls that impacted on our game very negatively as we prepare for next stage,” Chavakali head coach Emanuel Handel said.
Senende finished third after defeating Kegoye 40-38 in the playoffs.
In rugby 15 aside Ebusiloli was crowned new champions for the first time, having also reached the final for the first time after crashing the tournament favourite Vihiga Boys 29-7 in a match played at Chavakali grounds.
Ebusiloli had earlier defeated Emusire 14-0 in the semi final while Vihiga had hamered Mmmbale 8-7.
Mmbale finished third after defeating Emusire 10-5 in the playoffs.
In handball Emusire were crowned ne champions while Chavakali came second.
In girls category Losengeli were crowned champions while Emusutsu came second.
Rugby 15 aside Final
Ebusililo 29-7 Vihiga
Basketball Boys Final
Senende 40-38 Kegoye
Basketball Girls Final
Tigoi 112-26 Bunyore
Ibubi 19-13 Kaimosi
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