21 October 2013

KENYA : KPA tops men's Premier League, Blazers survive the cut

  • KPA's Joseph Ouma at a past game for his club.(Photo:SNA File)
  • Mombasa side Kenya Ports Authority, KPA, will have the biggest advantage going to the playoffs after securing the top spot in the regular season that comes to a close next weekend.
    The Dockers took home maximum four points from their weeknd tour of Nairobi which saw them complete their roster with unassailable 40 points. On Saturday, they beat Terror 84-45 and Strathmore University 70-53 on Sunday.
    With KPA safely at the top, the fight for the remaining top four spots has narrowed down to five teams with only three places at stake.
    They will all be aiming at nothing but end up in the bracket to ensure they get a fair matchup in the playoffs quarterfinals.
    Defending champions Co-operative Bank come second with 38 points after winning their last two matches same as Strathmore University.
    The bankers beat Nakuru Club 79-49 and Blazers 80-38 while Strathmore registered a crucial 68-52 win over Lions on Saturday.They had earlier lost to KPA.
    Thunder, Lions in the race for playoffs 
    Thunder and Lions could join both teams on 38 points if they win their remaining matches next weekend. Thunder has one match to go against Lions and have 36 points.
    For Lions, they have two matches remaining and are on 34 points. Ulinzi Warriors, with two matches remaining and on 32 points, could as well earn a top four finish if they emerge victors in the remaining matches.
    Terror suffered a major setback in their push for the playoffs qualification after the loss to KPA. They are now on 29 points and will pray hard for Ulinzi to beat Nairobi Aviation College on Friday to keep their chances alive.
    Aviation is on 28 points and a win will ultimately lock out the University of Nairobi side from playoffs.
    Blazers survive relegation 
    However, a loss for Aviation will see them tied with Terror at 29 points leaving the rest to arithmetics. With a point earned from their loss to Co-op Bank, Blazers sailed clear of relegation as they stand at 26 points.
    It was second time lucky for Blazers who cheated relegation in the eleventh hour last season after a 61-56 win over Terror in the last match.
    Nakuru Club on 23 points and Mennonite on 19 points are all but relegated. In the women premier, Kenyatta University Oryx put one foot into the playoffs with a 42-30 win over Kenya College of Accountancy- University, KCA-U, on Saturday.
    The students are now eighth on the log with 26 points, two behind Western Delight who have a match at hand. A loss to Delight in their last match will gift Oryx a direct entry into the playoffs but a win will tie both teams on 26 points.
    Results: Saturday- Nakuru Club 49 Co-op Bank 79, Trailblazers 66 KU Pirates 62, KU Oryx 42 KCA-U 30, USIU Flames 55 KPA 54, Terror 45 KPA 84, Lions 52 Strathmore University 68; Sunday- Strathmore University 53 KPA 70, USIU Tigers 93 Nakuru Club 58, Blazers 38 Co-op Bank 80.

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