19 September 2011

KENYA : Weekend Basketball results

Three Premier League matches were played over the weekend with Strathmore Swords, USIU Tigers and KCB Lions emerging victorious in their games. The first match dubbed as ‘Varsities derby’ pitted Strathmore Swords against their perennial rivals USIU flames. Swords cruised past the Flames in the tight encounter winning 56-61.

The first quarter ended 41-12 in favor of USIU but Swords dominated the second and third 11-14 and 9-16 before losing out the fourth at 22-19.Flames’ Linda Mfuchi bagged 22 points for her side while Joyce Nabwire scored 19 for title chasing Swords.
USIU men were back to the court again for a second consecutive week to tackle Mennonites straining every muscle to steal a 67-72 victory. Tigers won the first and third quarters at 15-23 and 25-26 respectively while Mennonites took charge of the second and fourth winning 14-12 and 13-11. Mennonites’ Victor Odendo had 18 points while James Omweno netted 24 points for USIU.
The last game of the evening brought together former champions KCB Lions against Strathmore Blades. The Lions endured pressure from the students in the entire game to snatch a slim 53-56 win. Led by Tobias Onyango and Ikapian Juma,the former champions won the second quarter 8-13 and 12-15 while Blades won the first and fourth at 16-13 and 17-15 respectively. Tonny Abondo had 19 points for the Blades while Tobias Onyango scored 14 points for the Lions.
Meanwhile Masinde Muliro were awarded a walkover after Ulinzi Warriors failed to show up for their clash on Saturday. The soldiers instead arrived for the game on Sunday only to be served with the news that they had forfeited a match.
That means besides missing the two points up for a grab in the game, the Soldiers will also be stripped another point for missing a match further complicating their match to the playoffs where every team is now trying to win in order ‘to avoid an opponent that may be an impediment to their walk to the glory.’

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