Nyanza Region Basketball Boys' defending champions, Ambira, kicked off their title defence by recording 100 per cent win in their two opening clashes yesterday.

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They defeated Kisii's  Nyanchwa 65- 59 in a hotly contested group A clash played at Homa Bay High school. 

Nyanchwa led the first quarter 19-12 only to be overcome in the second quarter by a 20-11 margin. 

Nyanchwa, however, picked up from where they had left in the first quarter by recording a 15-14 lead in the third quarter. 

In the day's other basketball boys' matches show stoppers, hosts Agoro Sare (last year's finalists) were on fire humbling Nyamira's Nyambaria 90-22 before seeing off Maranda 72-42.

In the girls' category, holders Barchando collected maximum points recording back to back wins against newbies Tuk Jowi and regulars Asumbi.

Other title holders who recorded impressive wins in their opening clashes were: Kanyawanga Boys (Handball), Sega (Girls' Handball), Sinyolo (Girls' hockey) and Kisumu Day (Boys' Hockey).

The games enter day two today; Tuesday 18th March 2019, with the remaining preliminary matches and knockouts. 

Finals will be played on Wednesday with winners booking tickets to the National games to be staged in Mombasa county from 6th April 2019.