Kukoma Diamonds maintain Rainbow Paints lead

Written by  MANA

Kukoma Diamonds have increased their chances of getting closer to the Southern Region Rainbow Paints League Championship after registering two victories over the weekend against Prison Sisters and Serenity Stars.

Caroline Ntukule trying to win the ball from a Prison Sisters shooter Caroline Ntukule trying to win the ball from a Prison Sisters shooter

Diamonds clipped Prison Sisters 61-31 on Saturday in Zomba before walloping Serenity Stars 67-24 on Sunday in a cracker played at Blantyre Youth Centre.

Despite missing the services of their star, Alinafe Kamwala who is in Tanzania, Diamonds kicked-off the match with an impressive performance especially in the first and second quarter where they outclassed Serenity.

Diamonds put the youngsters on pressure as they were failing to exchange passes and keep the ball for a long time.

A deadly combination of Jessica Sanudi and Grace Chazungulira was a marvel to watch as it caused a lot of troubles to Serenity and no wonder the team took a lead in all the four quarters.

Comfortably leading, Diamonds changed their style of play in the last quarter by adopting a counter attack system of playing long passes.

Fantastic captain, Caroline Ntukule, Towera Vinkhumbo, and centre, Bridget Chalera were the engineers who completely changed the game for Diamonds side.

With Diamonds supporters chanting ‘Wolire Diamonds Wolire Diamonds’ gave a lot of energy to their players and Jessica Sanudi was in top form as she was scoring baskets for fun and gave a huge work to Serenity defenders who were failing to stop the sharp eye goal shooter.

Serenity players looked tired in the last quarter as they were losing a lot of balls especially at the centre and failed to contain marauding Diamonds.

This gave advantage to Diamonds team which kept on putting their opponent on pressure up to the last minute.

Diamonds are now leading the league with 24 points while Thunder Queens, who have 20 points after beating Polytechnic and Chilomoni Sisters are second.

Thunder Queens with the absence of their captain Joana Kachilika and Thandi Galeta Saenda won 64-14 against Polytechnic before pruning Chilomoni Sisters 71-28.


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