Kenya: Strathmore Blades Cut Varsity Lads Down to Size

Strathmore University Blades registered their second victory in the Kenya Basketball Federation men’s Premier League, beating Kenya College of Accountancy-University (KCA-U) 70-41 at Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium at the weekend.

After having lost their previous three matches, Blades coach Tonny Ochieng’s team started well, leading 22-15 in the first quarter but KCA-U bounced back to lead 14-9 in the second quarter before going down 38-29 at half-time.

Hardworking Peter Shilton shot game-high 19 points for Blades, and Emmanuel Soja added 12 to the team’s tally. KCA-U’s George Obumbo replied with 14 points.

The sweet victory saw Blades rise one place in the league to the tenth with eight points from two wins and three loses. KCA-U have so far garnered nine points after winning one match and losing five.

Blades coach Tonny Ochieng said: “We played according to our game plan and deserved to beat our fellow university students two vital first leg points.” KCA-U coach Charles Goro said his team is yet to find a winning combination.

“We have a bulk of new players and we are still working on getting the chemistry right to start winning matches before the end of the first leg,” Goro said.KCA-U will face tough Thunder on Friday before they tackle Strathmore University on Saturday.

Equity Bank, who had no engagement at the weekend, lead the 12-team table of standings with 14 points. The bankers have won six matches and lost two.

Defending champions Ulinzi Warriors occupy the second spot with 13 points from five wins and one loss. Thunder are in third position on 13 points, having played eight matches, one more than Ulinzi, winning five and losing three. Former champions Co-op Bank are placed fourth on 11 points while in the fifth position are Lions on nine points.

UNBEATEN RECORD

Upper Hill School maintained their unbeaten record in the men’s Division One league championship after beating Pirates 65-50 on Sunday.

Upper Hill, who won their sixth straight match, were ambushed earlier on in the match by Reinson Moibi and Jack Agunda who scored quick baskets which saw Pirates lead 24-16 at the end of first quarter. But Rinny Rinny and Martin Buluma of Upper Hill each hit 10 points each to cut Pirates’ lead to 33-30 at the breather.

Upper Hill went up 19-6 in the third quarter and U 16-11 in the last on their way to victory. Rinny Rinny scored 17 points and Martin Buluma 15 for the winners while Jack Agunda replied with 20 points and Gerald Andare 12 for Pirates.

Hard fighting Patrick Wakasiaka scored 14 as World Hope rallied from behind to rock newcomers USIU-A Marines 44-43 . Umoja also harvested two points when they registered a 53-37 win over University of Nairobi’s Terrorists.

WEEKEND RESULTS

Men: Blades KCA-U, Upper Hill School 65 Pirates 50, ANU 45 KAA 41, Blazers 62 Don Bosco 52, MKU Thika 61 Zetech University 51, USIU-A Marines 43 World Hope 44, Terrorists 37 Umoja 53.Three on Three final: Men: KPA 21 Ulinzi Warriors 19

Source: The Nation