06 December 2012

KENYA : Equity reap big in 2012 Basketball season

Updated on 05/12/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

Equity Bank basketball team had an outstanding season in the 2012 calendar after the team which participated in the Nairobi Basketball Association did not only win the league(NBA) but went ahead to win the KBF Interprovincial Competition to gain promotion to the KBF Division One for the 2013 season.
Equity also participated in the Interbank’s tournament where they took the title winning all the 6 matches.
They lost only 2 matches this year after slightly over 30 matches played. The losses were to their biggest opponents this season Madaraka based students Strathmore University. The two teams met a record 7 times with Equity winning 5 of those encounters. In their first loss Equity went down to the ‘Blades’ as Strathmore is commonly referred to in the 2nd leg of the regular NBA League and the second loss came at the game 2 of the NBA play-off finals going down 49-58.
In the play-offs Equity managed won game one of the best of 5 series, beating Strathmore 51-44 and it was in the next match that they slumped. The loss was a wakeup call to the side and in the subsequent matches they won 63-54 (game 3) and 72-62 (game 4) to make sure they are crowned champions. On top of that Equity, also produced the Most Valuable Player in the league Ian Wachiyo to wrap up a superb season.
Speaking to michezoafrika.com Radhi Ndalu the Equity coach was delighted with his side performance saying hard work and overwhelming support from the sponsors was their greatest push, “I am very happy with the boys’ performance this year. When the year began we told ourselves that we could not play in the Division 2 for another year and we worked hard and even went ahead to surpass our target.”
“ The sponsors (Equity) have also been with us throughout the time. All the players apart from one are employed by the bank so the players are motivated to give their best and this in turn converts to good results. There were times we requested they be released early in order for them to be able to come for training and the bank readily obliged so we are thankful to them.”
Ndalu says he will bring in three or four players to beef up the squad for the coming year in a more competitive Division One, “I have identified some players especially some individuals who just cleared University and if logistics are complete with the sponsors we might bring them in. The team will be big and this will force the players will have to prove themselves.”

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