Pazi stamps authority in RBA League

PAZI basketball team has become the first team to book a place for the Dar es Salaam Basketball Association (BD) RBA League semi-finals’ playoff with a convincing 2-0 game victory over Vijana City Bulls.

In the first game, the Pazi defeated Vijana by 72-41 points before completing the mission with 57-47 win at Don Bosco’s Oysterbay court over the weekend to sail through in the best of three battle.

The win marks Pazi’s continued outstanding performance in this year’s league.

Pazi led the 15 men’s team table with 27 points, same as the second-placed JKT who also had 27 points to enter the quarterfinal.

The two are the only teams that didn’t lose a game each out of 14- game outings in the field.

In another Sunday night quarterfinal game, Oilers humiliated JKT with a 90-77 win to level the battle to 1-1 and forced a decider.

The game was fierce and exciting and looked like it was the final one as the Oilers secured a win.

The Oilers were able to dominate every area which made JKT players fail to cross their opponents’ territory.

Oilers onslaught was led by the tallest player, Douglas Kandulu who was very brilliant on the day.

In that game, the main highlight was Sponcan Ngonga of the Oilers and JKT’s top player Baraka Sadiki who showcased their skills brilliantly.

The players were able to show each other’s ability, which made many fans unable to sit and cheered them throughout the game.

Speaking after the game, Oilers official, Okare Emasu said they knew they would win due to the quality of players the team paraded.

He said after they levelled the score, they now focus on winning and sail into the semi-finals.

In the first game, the JKT team defeated the Oilers 84-68  and they looked favourite to go through.

In the other quarterfinals, ABC team beat UDSM Outsiders 86-78 while Ukonga Kings beat the defending champions Savio 71-50.

Under Evarist Mapunda, Savio won the 2021 title by 3-1 games over tough contenders ABC in the best of five final showdown.

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