By: RONNIE EVANS
Champions Strathmore University have jumped to the top of the standings of the 2015 Zuku Universities Basketball League after matches played at the weekend.
Strathmore have collected six points from their three matches played so far.
Their good start to their campaign has revolved around strong offensive play.
Surprise package Machakos University are second with six points on countback, while Daystar University, who have played a game less, are third with four points
Kenya Basketball Federation men’s Premier League side USIU Tigers and University of Nairobi’s Terror each have two points, having played one game each.
The battle to secure play-off slots in the men’s top flight league has seen the two teams struggle to win due to fatigue.
Following their 45-18 win over JKUAT Lynx, women’s defending champions USIU Flames have moved to the top of the standings on six points.
USIU captain Georgia Adhiambo, known for her lethal three-pointers, attributed their strong start in the league to teamwork.
“We work on making quality shots during training. We emphasise on the three-pointers to beat our opposition and that has proved to be decisive,” Adhiambo said.
Mount Kenya University are placed second on five points while Riara University are third on four points. The next round of games will played this weekend.
Meanwhile, Kenya University Sports Association Chairman Mbaabu Murithi has praised the level of competition in this year’s universities and colleges league.
The league, which started early last month has seen tremendous growth in the number of teams in the competition.
The basketball league has grown from 31 teams in 2013/2014 season to 74 currently.
The growth has also been attributed to partnership from television sponsors Zuku, who have pumped in Sh25.7 million that will go towards the organization and management of the matches as well as prize money.