28 April 2008

KENYA : UoN Terrorists pip ICC in duel

- University of Nairobi "Terrorists" beat International Christian Centre (ICC) 67-50 in a Premier Leaue match at World Hope Centre, Lavington.

The campous lads were on top from start taking a 36-20 lead at the break. John Opinya scored 17 points while Rondney Genga contributed 13 for UoN, who are now 1-1 after losing their opener to champions KCB Lions last week.

Strathmore University pipped Java Warriors 43-39 in another top match. Paul Nyakinda's opening basket saw Strathmore race off to a 13-2 first quarter advantage. Java clawed back and a rim roasting slam by Kenneth Wena had the scores 10-21.

Blades, were up 28-14 at the break but after resumption, Java sensing the game was getting out of reach early, exerted more pressure forceing Strathmore into commiting turn overs.

Richard Otunga ensured the students kept the pace by taking a 14-11 cushion. Java cut the advantage to nine points, before two baseline jumpers by Nakinda saw Strathmore jump away 37-29 as the teams broke for the last quarter.

This low scoring match, made drubbing by the absence of the 24 second shot clock, saw Strathmore's Nyakinda and Ken Maru struggled for a combined 18 points while Alex Lugari nailed 10 and Wera nine in that loss.

After the final whistle Blades coach Tony Ochieng said ," I am not amused by the way my boys played in this match. We played a bad game especially in the last half but a win is a win and I am happy with the two points though.

Eagles wings took a 21-13 lead at half time and went on to post their second win in a row with a 49-41 dismiss of Strathmore University Swords.Caroline Achieng scored 13 points and Anastasia Njeri had 11. For the losers, Linet Mukiri managed 15 and Grace Wanjiku 10.

In the lower division matches, Posta made a triumphant return with a 51-45 win over Blazers. Ken Ondiek and John Matiany scored 12 points each with Franklin Delano making 13.

Lomboritz trailed 28-30 at half time but recovered to down Mennonites 60-48 They had 11 points a piece from Mike Ogutu and Melvin Oketch.

Lakeside lost their seasons opener going down 57-72 to the national champions KCB Lions in a match played at Kenyatta Sports Ground, Kisumu. The home side were led by Joshua Charles who posted season high 30 points while new signing Victor Odendo pepped the bankers with 16 points.

The Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) matched played at Railways Club, saw Emyba beat Friends of Basketball (FOB) 49-35 behind Amos Wachira 19 points. Josephe Achega had 18 for FOB.

Stephen Okwako scored 21 points to lead Trail Blazers to a 49-35 win over satelite Mercenaries. The only ladies tie saw World Hope had 14 points from Beatrice Juam as they hit Kenya college of Accountancy (KCA) University 32-22.


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