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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Defending Champions Laiser Hill Qualify for Semis as Maseno Bounce Back

Defending Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) national basketball champions Laiser Hill cruised into the semifinals of the Brookside-sponsored competition after winning their second match in a row.

The four-time champions floored Garissa 116-20 to book their slot in the semis having beaten rivals Maseno High School 61-42 in the opening match on Tuesday.

Hosts Maseno, having lost to Laiser Hill in a match that reminded many of last year’s final, revived their chances of advancing in the competition with a scintillating and entertaining 72-40 win over Coast representatives Shimba Hills, while Alliance Boys lost to Western giants 28-48 baskets.

Nairobi’s representatives Upperhill continued with their impressive start, beating Tala Boys from Eastern 93-42.

In the girls’ category, Buruburu girls edged out Alliance Girls 39-20 to qualify for the semis while St. Alberts bounced back from their 29-33 loss to Alliance to hand North Eastern a 90-2 drubbing. Shimba Hills overpowered Kapkolei 76-32, cementing their position as the favorites having disciplined defending Champions Tigoi 102-22 on Tuesday. Five-time champions Tigoi lost their second straight match when they went down 60-63 against Barasani from Eastern.

Meanwhile, defending national champions in men’s hockey St. Antony qualified for the semifinals after giving 2010 winners Mangu High a 5-1 humbling. Maseno continued their poor form on home turf losing 1-0 to Coast’s Shimo La Tewa, while Orero Boys from Nyanza and Kanguru from Central were involved in a 6-goal thriller that ended 3-3. Lenana and Kamusinga also breached each other’s goal twice as they drew 2-2.

Sinyolo Girls became the first girls’ team to reach the hockey semis after thrashing St. Joseph 5-1 while defending national champions Kapkolei could only share a barren draw with newcomers Moi Girls. East Africa champions Kerugoya found the going tough against St. John Kaloleni from Mombasa as they lost 2-1 while Asumbi bounced back from their 2-1 defeat against Kerugoya with a 2-0 win over Butere Girls.

The games continue on Thursday when all the semifinal places in both hockey and basketball will be known. Other disciplines on Thursday include swimming, track events like decathlon and heptathlon as well as the much anticipated rugby matches.

Defending champions Maseno will open the rugby games with an encounter against St. Peters Mumias.

Rugby Fixtures

Pool A                                                                                   Pool B
Maseno                                                                               Nakuru
Mangu                                                                                  Nairobi School
St. Peters Mumias                                                           Meru
Alliance High                                                                      Malindi

Pool C                                                                                   Pool D
Upperhill                                                                             Kakamega
Kangaru                                                                               St. Mary’s Yala
Homabay Boys                                                                  Sameta
Shimo La Tewa                                                                  St. Joseph’s Kitale

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