Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) dominated Nigeria’s Customs in a commanding 73-53 victory during the Africa Women’s Basketball League (AWBL).
KPA, led by coach Antony Ojukwu, faced an initial setback in the first quarter but made a remarkable comeback, securing their second win in Group A.
KPA’s tournament journey commenced with an impressive 82-46 triumph over DR Congo’s CNSS on Tuesday. In the subsequent match against Nigeria’s Customs, Victoria Reynolds stood out as the star performer, contributing 21 points, while Antoinette Bannister added 12 to secure the victory.
Despite a shaky start and trailing 18-17 in the first quarter, KPA turned the tide in the second period, executing a dominant 19-0 run to establish a 36-22 lead. The team showcased resilience and strong defense, shutting down Customs effectively.
Coach Ojukwu expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance, emphasizing good basketball execution, defense, and transition. However, he acknowledged concerns about the team’s shaky starts and emphasized the need to address turnovers and make better judgment calls.
In the second half, KPA maintained control, retaining a 20-point lead throughout the final period. Madina Okot’s outstanding performance, contributing 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks, posed a significant challenge for Customs.
Despite efforts from coach Abdulrahman Mohammed and his technical bench, KPA’s focused and strategic play proved insurmountable for Customs.
Olaoluwatomi Taiwo, who scored 12 points, acknowledged an unfocused performance, especially in the second quarter, highlighting an area for improvement.
With a 2-0 advantage in Group A, KPA looks forward to their remaining matches in the AWBL, maintaining momentum and aiming for continued success in the tournament.