St. Brigid stun rampant St. Joseph in Trans Nzoia Games

A boy plays basketball by the shore of Melinka's bay in the El Corcovado Gulf, ...
A boy plays basketball by the shore of Melinka's bay in the El Corcovado Gulf, Aysen Region, about 1,200 km (754 miles) south of Santiago, March 25, 2008. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

St. Brigid Girls’ collected the basketball crown at the Trans Nzoia County Secondary School Games over the weekend when they upset St. Joseph’s Girls 40-12 in the entertaining final played at the Kitale Polytechnic grounds.

St. Joseph atoned for the loss by edging St. Patrick Makunga 59-57 in a nail-biting decider to be crowned the corresponding boys basketball winners.

The beaten finalists were on the verge of winning the tense final when a squad change in the last timeout saw St. Patrick coached by their new Principal Julius Ndirangu prevail.

It was the reverse result when the two teams met at the group stages where Makunga prevailed 45-44 in another cliff-hanger of a contest.

St. Joseph also collected the rugby honours after beating St. Francis Suwerwa 17-5 in the final played at their backyard in Kitale.

In hockey defending champions Trans Nzoia Mixed Secondary School were unable to defend their title after they were beaten by St. Joseph 2-1 on post-match flicks after a 2-2 stalemate in normal time in a match played at St Anthony-Kitale.

Former East African champions Trans Nzoia had themselves to blame after wasting a basketful of chances as they focused on over-elaborating their skill as opposed to sounding the board.

There was no upset in the boys’ category where St. Anthony Kitale stuffed St. Mark’s Cherangany 2-0 to hold on to their crown with Brian Nyabuto Ongeche and Newton Juma Simiyu on the score sheet.

Earlier on St Anthony had thrashed Bwake 5-0 as St. Mark edged St. Joseph 2-1 on post-match flicks after a 0-0 draw in normal time in the semis.

In Kakamega County, regional giants Kakamega Boys were too strong for arch-rivals Mukumu Boys in the boy’s basketball final as they soared to the crown with a 71-55 victory.

-Report by Dennis Sabwa

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