22 July 2009

KENYA : KCB Lions recover to bring down high fying ICC

Champions Kenya Commercial Bank Lions over the weeked beat International Christian Centre 72-58 in their men’s basketball Premier League first leg tie at the Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.

Others results at the same venue were: Eagle Wings 66 Sprite Storms 25, Kenya College of Accountancy 67 Parklands Baptist 59, World Hope 63 Nairobi Pentecostal Church 49. In Nakuru hosts Nakuru Club pipped African Nazarene University 52-51.

Having surrendered their unbeaten record to Kenya Ports Authority, who beat them 77-69 last weekend, KCB Lions came back with a different approach to silence the high -riding ICC 72-58.
Tobias Onyango scored 24 points, Ikapian Juma had 14 and Opiyo 12 as the Lions prevailed over a nervous looking ICC for for who Griffith Ligare shot 20 points and James Omune 12.
Ikapian Juma opened the Lions’ account with a three-pointer and Tobias Onyango joined the fray as the champions led 23-13 at the end of the first quarter.
Ben Ogolla brought ICC into the picture with a few shots in the second quarter but KCB prevailed 31-28 hal f-time lead. ICC were down 18-16 in the third quarter. Griffins Ligare scored 13 points which included two three-pointers in the last qua rter in which ICC demostrated signs of recovery to outscore Lions 18-14.

In Mombasa, Kenya Ports Authority men and women sides kept up their brilliant league form humiliating Strathmore University sides at the KPA Makande Gym over the weekend Hall in Mombasa.

KPA women were imperious in their mismatch with the Strathmore Swords thrashing the students 100-08 while KPA men hit Blades 91-52.

Yvonne Akinyi led the scorecard for KPA with 17 points while Evelyne Akoth had 12 points. Strathmore who scored only half a basket in the second half had Carol Onzongo and Grace Wanjiku score three points each.

Strathmore made a contest of the men’s match with Big Phil Amenyi dominating the front court. KPA led 24-15 in the first quarter but Strathmore stepped up to make the scores 12-14 in favor of KPA in the second quarter.

Musa Odari scored a game high 20 points while Patrick Kirui and Francis Odari had 18 points each. Amenyi and David Ogola scored 16 and 14 points respectively for Strathmore.

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