End of the road for Kenyan 3×3 basketball teams in Birmingham

Kennedy LEONARD (R) of Scotland is challenged by Victoria Reynolds of Kenya during their Women’s 3×3 Basketball match at Smithfield Market in Birmingham, UK on July 31, 2022. (Kelly Ayodi, Standard)

Kenya’s men’s and women’s 3×3 basketball teams were eliminated on Monday night from the 2022 Commonwealth Games currently taking place in Birmingham, UK.

George Omondi scored six points for the Kenyan men who lost 20-15 to Australia in the quarter-finals.

Larry Aligula and Faheem Juma added four points apiece in the loss as KPA’s John Wijass finished with one point.

Tom Wright led the Australians with eight points as his teammate followed closely with seven points in the win.

In the women’s quarter-finals, Hilda Indasi also dropped six points as Kenya lost 21-17 to Scotland.

USA-based Medina Okot and Victoria Reynolds each bagged five points in the loss as Melissa Akinyi finished with one.

Despite mixed results since their debut on Friday last week, the Kenyan teams have progressed to the round of 16.

On Sunday, the Kenyan men narrowly lost to Scotland 15-14 in their final pool game as their women counterparts lost 21-17 to the Scots.

Despite the loss, the Kenyan men qualified for the quarter-finals.

enya had mixed fortunes in her Commonwealth Games debut.

The men’s team got off to a good start on Friday night after beating pre-match favorites Sri Lanka, but the women’s team lost the opener to Australia.

The Kenyan men are grouped in Group A alongside Canada, Sri Lanka and Scotland.

Coached by Zadock Adika, the Kenyan men’s team of Larry Shavanga, John Wijass, Darril Omondi and Faheem Juma beat Sri Lanka 21-18 but narrowly lost in the second game 15-12 to Canada.

On the women’s side, Kenya recovered from a 21-15 first loss to Australia to beat Sri Lanka 21-18 in their second match.

The team featured towering Melissa Akinyi, Victoria Ronalds, Hilda Indasi and Madina Okot and is led by coach Eunice Ouma.