14 May 2012

KENYA : Co-Op, KCB win in weekend KBF League matches

Updated on 14/05/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO
Co-Op bank basketball team were back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium when they saw off Blazers 72 – 42 in the ongoing KBF Premier league.
Co-op bank who were shaking off a defeat against arch rivals and fellow bankers KCB the previous week dominated the match from the onset when they took the first quarter 16 – 11. The second quarter saw Co- op bank increase their lead when they thumped in an impressive 21 points against Blazers 8 points to put the total points at 37 – 19 in favor of the bankers.
The 3rd quarter saw Blazers try to stage a comeback when they acquired 13 points against Co-op banks’ 15 points, but slumped in the fourth quarter and the bankers proved why they are the defending champions beating Blazers with a margin of 10 points, when they got 20 points against their opponents 10 points.
Co-op banks’ Fredrick Odongo scored an outstanding 21 points for his side followed by Titus Musembi who had 11 points and James Mwangi who scored 9 points and also blocked the highest number of shots in the game with 3 blocks. Mwangi came second with the highest number of rebounds taken by Co-op bank in the game with 7 rebounds taken while his teammate Mark Mayen secured 15 rebounds.
Blazers’ Joel Koech gave his side the highest number of points when he scored 12 points while George Makori and Kiogoria Muturi followed with 8 points each. Koech stood out again in terms of rebounds taken by Blazers’ when he secured a total of 8 rebounds.
Co-op bank Coach Cary Odhiambo was happy that his team was playing according to plans,
“It was a good game and as far as I am concerned we are playing the way I want us to play."
On Saturday afternoon KCB Lions continued with their unbeaten run in the league when they beat Thunder 72 – 52 and Morris Shitsama termed the game as more of a practice session,
‘I used all the players in the bench. I wanted everybody to have a feel of the game and I can just say it was a practice session for us.’’
Thunder tactician Moses ‘Chopper’ conceded defeat mentioning that it was just their first game and they will go back to the drawing board and will come back.
“Iit was our first game so we have room to recover. They were better in terms of taking rebounds and on our side we had many loose balls and didn’t play as a unit.’’

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