01 September 2013

KENYA : KPA, Strathmore Match Rained Off At Nyayo indoor Gym

  • Strathmore Denise Apondi in a past match. The students beat KPA on saturday.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • Basketball fans were treated to a rare spectacle on Saturday after heavy downpour led to the postponement of a men national classic league match at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
    The Kenya Ports Authority, KPA, match against Strathmore University could not be played to completion as the playing surface was slippery.
    The Dockers were leading 31-27 by the time the match was called off. A big section of the indoor gymnasium’s rooftop is worn-out which led to rainwater seeping onto the court. Players struggled to play in the first two quarters with frequent interruptions to wipe the surface.
    After the break, match referees Juma Kent and Joseph Amoko held consultations with coaches from both sides after which it was decided to call off the match. It was the last one on the day’s roster.
    “We cannot continue when the surface is slippery. It is very dangerous to the players and this match will now be played at a later date,” said Amoko.
    The postponement means that the match will be played afresh which is a big blow to Mombasa-based KPA, the visiting team. Furthermore, they had dictated proceedings from the onset.
    “It is a blow to us in two ways because we will have to incur extra expenses in coming back here. Secondly, we were poised to win this match and the rematch might not be easy for us,”said KPA head coach Anthony Ojukwu.
    KPA will play their second match on Sunday against Nairobi Aviation College, the only team that has beaten them at home this season.
    Ulinzi restrict Nakuru,KPA women fall to Strathmore
    Ulinzi Warriors, playing their first match since winning the EAC military games title, overcame visiting Nakuru Club 56-50 in a tight contest.
    Nakuru led 24-23 at halftime after winning the first quarter 13-10 and Ulinzi the second 13-11. Nakuru threatened to carry home the game with a slim 18-17 win in the third quarter but the soldiers came out strongly in the fourth to win 16-8.
    Captain William Ochieng had 16 points for Ulinzi while James Okerio top scored for Nakuru with a game-high 31 points.
    In the women premier, KPA squandered a 26-22 halftime lead to lose 48-45 against Strathmore University in a match they should have won. Point guard Grace Wanjiku top scored for Strathmore with 16 points and Melissa Akinyi had 11.
    Brenda Angeshi scored eight points for KPA. The Dockers won the first two quarters 10-7 and 16-15 but Strathmore snatched away the third 18-7.
    This made all the difference despite KPA winning the fourth 12-8. Kenyatta University Pirates registered a crucial win in division one beating World Hope 63-58. World Hope won the first two quarters 14-9 and 15-14 to lead 29-23 at the breather.
    However, Pirates fought hard in the second half to win the remaining quarters 14-8 and 26-21 for a remarkable comeback. Pius Nyongesa scored 12 points to lead Umoja to a 47-39 win over Kenya College of Accountancy- University, KCA-U.
    Alphonse Muchiri scored 10 points for the students. In the other match, Trailblazers beat Parklands Baptist 75-53.
    Collated Results: Strathmore University 48 KPA 45 (Ladies), Ulinzi 56 Nakuru Club 50, World Hope 58 KU Pirates 63, KCA-U 39 Umoja 47, Trailblazers 75 Parklands Baptist 53; Sunday Fixtures- Little Prince vs Equity Bank (9am), KAA vs Strathmore University (10:30am), Sprite Storms vs KPA (12pm), Zetech College vs KCA-U (1:30pm), Co-op Bank vs Mennonite (3pm), Nairobi Aviation College vs KPA (4:30pm). By Francis Marangu

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