14 December 2008
KENYA : KPA keep women’s league title
By CAXTON APOLLOPosted Saturday, December 13 2008 at 19:35
* Port ladies easily hit Eagle Wings in Game 2 to wrap up title as KCB force Game 3
Champions Kenya Ports Authority on Saturday retained the women’s basketball league title as Kenya Commercial Bank Lions forced the decisive Game Three in a tight men’s play-off final at the Nairobi’s Nyayo National stadium.
KPA, who had beaten Eagle wings 55-51 in Game One at home, completed the best-of-three series 2-0 when they pipped
Eagle Wings 45-44 in a low scoring Game Two. Eagle wings needed to win the the tie to force the decisive Game Three.
In the men’s tension charged Game Two, champions KCB Lions cut short Co-operatrtive Bank’s celebration party when they battled from behind to beat their fellow bankers 76-73.
It now means that the make-or-break Game Three set for today at 3pm will determine the 2008 men’s champions.
KPA, started on a low note as Eagle wings went up 16-12 in the first quarter.
Eagles had un upper hand from start with Caroline Achieng and Bridgit nanzala giving the dockwomen a hard time. After KPA tied the duel 9-9, they left Eagle wings loose to lead 29-22 at half-time.
Caroline arato tied the game 31-31 but KPA’s efforts yielded no fruits. Eagles Wings had their top players ejected on
five fouls giving KPA room to take their first lead at 34-33.
The game could go either way with one minute 11 seconds left after both teams locked 43-43. Everline Akoth saved the day for KPA with a key basket as the buzzer went up to the dockwomen’s celebration at 45-44.
Co-op Bank’s took control of the game as they led from start to the third quarter.
Lions, who had trailed 35-33 at half-time, managed to snatch their first lead at 40-39. Both teams worked hard to out do each other in the last quarter with their fans cheering them.Lions built a 15 point margin at 66-51 but never say die Co-op bank came close again 72-70.
Yoni wanambiro scored 24 points, Tobias Onyango had 21 for Lions while Osano scored 21 and Wycliffe Ochieng 20 for C-op Bank.