The victory was a relief for Shinyanga as the squad had previously tumbled to a 71-50 loss to Mtwara on Monday evening.
Lindi started the match aggressively but lost the way as the encounter proceeded, with the first quarter concluding with the team leading 12-10.
They continued controlling the proceedings to command a 21-20 lead in the following period of the clash that took place at Mkwawani Stadium’s court.
Shinyanga reorganized in the third period, springing a surprise on their opponents and proving they were a hard nut to crack after smoothly taking a 24-7 lead.
As Lindi ballers were contemplating their next move, Shinyanga continued taking control of the tie, holding sway in the remaining period and leading 22-14.
In another tie, Manyara regional hoops team garnered a 62-60 win over Morogoro in a closely fought duel that took place at Mkwawani Stadium’s court.
Morogoro was more aggressive in the first two quarters, leading 14-12 and 23-15 for a 37-27 halftime lead.
However, the third period hardly went their way, given Manyara made good use of their three-point exponents and made the most of free throws to dominate the third quarter and led 19-12.
Manyara ballers were disciplined defensively and launched a series of attacks as the duel approached conclusion.
They were a well-rounded team that played as a cohesive unit to grab a convincing 16-11 lead in the fourth quarter.
The 2022 CRDB Taifa Cup tournament which has been sponsored by CRDB Bank has brought together 36 regional squads from Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar to battle it out in men’s and women’s categories.
Yesterday’s morning and afternoon encounters’ results will determine the squads which will sail through to the quarterfinals.
According to the showdown’s organizers Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF), Minister for Culture, Arts, and Sports Mohamed Mchengerwa will be the chief guest during the closing ceremony on Saturday.
The tournament’s winners in both men’s and women’s disciplines will rake in 10m/- apiece from the sponsors.
There will also be other cash prizes for the first and second runners-ups in both disciplines.
The sponsors will also award individual players because of their excellent performance as some of them are set to win scholarships.