27 May 2013

KENYA : Eagle Wings chip KCA, Terrorists conquered

  • Eagle Wings took charge of the women’s premier following a 54-21 win over Kenya College of Accountancy- University, KCA-U, in their only match of the weekend played at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
    The league’s defending champions are now top of the log with 11 points only one ahead of Co-operative Bank who were not in action. The match came barely a week after a shock 46-28 loss to Strathmore University.
    They went to the breather enjoying a 28-4 advantage after winning the first two quarters 16-2 and 12-2. The third and fourth quarters were equally easy for Wings who won 12-6 and 14-11 respectively. Vilma Achieng top scored for the winners with 17 points with Sylvia Ongwa hitting 8 for the losing side.
    Third placed Sprite Storms garnered two crucial points with a 58-37 win over Kenyatta University Oryx. Susan Akinyi was Storms’ top scorer with 19 points while Betty Kananu scored 8 for Oryx. Storms led 32-19 at halftime.
    Oryx was not lucky as they gave away two more precious points on Sunday losing 67-27 to United States International University- Africa, USIU-A, in a one-sided match. Kananu was the top scorer once more scoring 15 of her team's total points.
    Hilda Indasi and Nancy Atieno scored 10 points each to lead USIU-A to the huge win. The last year’s runners up walked away with all the quarters.
    Co-op winners against Blazers
    Co-operative Bank consolidated its second position in the men premier with a 60-50 win over Blazers on Saturday. Leading 30-23 at halftime, the bankers maintained the momentum to ink down two crucial points.
    James Mwangi had 12 points for Co-op Bank as Brian Busu and Titus Musembi added 11 apiece. Jay Michoma top scored for Blazers with 17. Co-op Bank won the first three quarters 16-10, 14-13 and 15-12 before the fourth tied at 15-15.
    Blazers’ bad run continued on Sunday when they lost 80-62 to visiting Nakuru Club. It was Nakuru’s first away win of the season.
    On Saturday, Nakuru lost two valuable points when they went down 67-53 to USIU-A at their own backyard. Okerio garnered 18 individual points for the hosts with Alvin Nyangweso notching 17 for the varsity side. Kevin Kigotho added 15 for the students. USIU-A won the first three quarters 17-8, 13-12 and 21-16 while Nakuru redeemed themselves with the fourth quarter winning 23-16.
    Terrorist fall to Lions
    University of Nairobi's Terrorist was the other biggest loser of the weekend going down 74-56 to Lions on Saturday and 84-53 to Mennonite Knights on Sunday.
    Against Mennonite, they played their hearts out to force a 31-31 tie at halftime. Mennonite won the first quarter 14-9 and Terror 22-17 in the second to level matters. Starting on a level ground in the second half, Terror failed to hold off the challenge as they watched their opponents open up a wide gap unchallenged.
    Kushew Diliwe drew first blood for Mennonite with two three-pointers at the onset of the third quarter. Felix Odhiambo added two baskets and a free-throw to take the scores to 40-31.
    Terror managed a basket through Frank Manyala as the scores stood at 40-33 inside the first three minutes of the quarter. They ended up winning 25-15. Terror was completely exhausted and frustrated in the fourth quarter which they lost by a huge margin of 28-7. Odhiambo scored 22 points for Mennonite with Diliwe and Collins Ochieng adding 17 each. Hillary Kubai was Terror’s top scorer with 22.
    Soni Mugisha, Mennonite head coach, welcomed the win saying it will help them achieve their goal for this season. The Eastleigh based side was locked out of the playoffs bracket last season and that is something Mugisha says they are keen to avoid this time round.
    “We are calculating our run very well because this team has to finish in the top five.”
    Arguably the best shooting side in the league, Mugisha told Sportsnewsarena.com that most of their training sessions are dediacted to shooting whichhas seen them perfect their show especially on the three-pointers.
    Ulinzi stop Aviation 
    Ulinzi Warriors left it late to beat Nairobi Aviation College 78-72 in one of the hotly contested matches of the weekend. Ulinzi carried the honours in the first two quarters winning 16-12 and 24-17 for a 40-29 lead at halftime.
    Aviation won the remaining quarters 29-27 and 14-11 but were not enough to help them to victory.
    Bernard Mfutu notched 14 points for Ulinzi while Aviation top scorer was Ssozi Geoffrey with 21. Kenyatta University Pirates reaped handsomely from their weekend outing in division one winning all their two matches.
    On Saturday, they beat Parklands Baptist 70-54 helped by 14 points from Gilbert Obiero.
     Evans Ochieng hit seven three-pointers and one free-throw in the second half to account for 22 points in Kenya Airports Authority, KAA, 78-66 win over Umoja. Eric Reuben top scored for Umoja with a game high of 31 points that were aided by six three-pointers.
    Equity Bank beat Upperhill 56-47 with George Omenda and Ian Wachie contributing 13 points each for the bankers. Joseph Ongoro hit 19 for the students.
    Collated Results: Parklands Baptist 54 KU Pirates 70, Sprite Storms 58 KU Oryx 37, Eagle Wings 54 KCA-U 21, Blazers 50 Co-op Bank 60, Ulinzi 78 Nairobi Aviation 72, Lions 74 Terror 56, Nakuru Club 53 USIU-A 67, KAA 78 Umoja 66, KCA-U 42 KU Pirates 48, Equity Bank 56 Upperhill 47, USIU-A 67 KU Oryx 27, Mennonite Knights 84 Terror 53, Blazers 62 Nakuru Club 80.

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