26 November 2012

KENYA : Co-op banks Warriors to charge way into play-off Semis

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Updated on 26/11/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO
2011 KBF Premier League Defending Champions Co-op Bank were in exemplary form when they humbled Defence Forces side Ulinzi Warriors 75-56 to ensure they inched closer to defending their title by qualifying for the semi-finals of the play-offs after winning game 2 of the best 3.
Last weekend Co-op Bank had managed to hold off Ulinzi with a slight win (60-59) and the win on Sunday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium ensured the bankers are well on course to defend their title.
Co-op Bank started well raking in 17 points against Ulinzi’s 10 points in the first quarter. Cop defended so well pinning Ulinzi who could not manage even a single point in the opening 7 minutes of play, but with 3 minutes to the end of the quarter Ulinzi woke up to save face with quick baskets.
In the 2nd quarter, the Bankers maintained dominance with rookie Antony Abondo impressive on the first breaks to ensure they take the quarter at 18 points against their opponent’s 10 points to put the half time scores at 35-20.
Titus Musembi was a constant threat to the Ulinzi defense line with his electrifying speed and dribbles and no wonder he achieved 15points for the Bankers while Joseph Khaemba gave the Defending Champions 10 points. William Ochieng who has also been impressive throughout the season for Eliud Nzioka’s side had 18 points the highest in the match.
Ulinzi managed to win the 3rd quarter (19-16) to put the total scores at 51-39 with Ochieng still at the fore front of the Ulinzi attack while Brian Busu marshaled the Defending Champions. The last quarter saw Co-op Bank maintain their lead taking it 24-17 to ensure they play the semis.
In the other matches played at the Nyayo Gymnasium 2011 Champions in the ladies category Eagle Wings edged out Strathmore Swords 61-29 to book a semi-final slot. Hilda Indasi led USIU Flames with 18 points to hold off NYTA Shimba Hills 45-35 in another quarter final match. The Co-op Bank ladies team also won their match against Western Delight taking the day with 54 points against 27 points.
The play-offs will continue next weekend.

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