20 September 2008

KENYA : Three Clubs Set to Widen Lead in Race for Title

by Caxton Apollo

Three top teams are poised to stretch their 2008 national basketball league leadership when they play key return leg matches at the Nairobi's Nyayo National Stadium this weekend.

On Sunday, men's Premier League leaders Kenya Commercial Bank Lions will confront Kenyatta University Pirates at 4pm. Eagle Wings, who are also at the top of the women's competition, will start as favourites against Yana at 12pm, while Posta, the men's Division One kings will lock horns with the Juja-based Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology from 10am.
All three clubs won their last weekend's matches at the same venue and are still geared to maintain their winning treak. Lions beat International Christian Centre 85-65, Eagle Wings rocked Flames of the USIU-A 66-46 while Posta kept their score sheet clean in 12 outings by beating Nairobi Pentecostal Church 83-65.

Experienced players

KCB Lions top the 10-team competition with 28 points after having won all their 14 matches.
Eagle Wings, on the other hand, head the women's championship with 19 points from eight wins and one loss (48-47) to Kenya Ports Authority in Mombasa.
Posts, a team comprising of experienced old guards, are first in the lower league with 24 points having won all their 12 matches.
Impressive Victor Odendo of Lions will only need support from Yoni Wanambiro and Tobias Onyago to claw Pirates. But Pirates, who hit hard Tigers 86-70 last weekend, will parade the no nonse Griffins.
Ligare and James Omune to shake the bankers' unbeaten record. Angella Okoth and Eunice Ouma will be out to ensure that Eagle Wings complete the pre-season on a winning note.

Coach Juma Kent of Wings is focused to finish top and qualify for the play-offs for the first time. Today, Pirates open their campaign to escape relegation against Strathmore University in a tie expected to go either way.

Host Sprite Storms

With only 11 points in their bag from four wins and three loses, Pirates are still worried of the relagation axe.
In the women's top tie winless Dynamites will take on Flames while World Hope will tackle Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture and Technology.

After crushing 83-65 to Posta, Radhi Ndalu will lead NPC against visiting Nakuru

In Mombasa, KPA men and women's teams will host Sprite Storms and Java Warriors from Nairobi. Storms will be battling to garner the two points to keep the second spot on the table standings. Java Warriors have lost all their 11 matches and will need a miracle to beat KPA at their backyard.

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