25 August 2014

KENYA . Rain again interrupts game at Nyayo indoor Gymnasium

  • Lions at a past game at the Nyayo Indoor Gymnasium.(Photo:SNA File)
The ghosts of leaking roof returned to haunt Kenya Basketball Federation league after the men premier game between Strathmore University and Lions was stopped after only one quarter on Saturday.
Heavy rains pounding Nairobi became unbearable as the playing surface was flooded with rain water just as Strathmore led 21-17.
The game was stopped at the onset of second quarter and will now be rescheduled to a later date.
Ironically, Strathmore were the victims last season when their game against KPA was stopped for similar reasons.
It was a game that Lions wanted to win by all means after having a good winning streak.
The former champions have bolstered their squad with several players from different league clubs as they position as serious title contender.
Simon Mayien and Harrison Omondi have joined from United States International University- Africa (USIU-A), Barrack Odhiambo from Kisii University and Congolese duo of Kishibagaya Jonathan from Dankind Academy and Arnold Zozo of Catholic University have all been instrumental in Lions’ rejuvenation.
This week, the club brought on board German David Burkowski to assist head coach Juma Ikapian and will be with the club for six weeks.
German coach for Lions 
“I was expecting much from this game because the training was intensive,” Burkowski observed after the postponement of the Saturday game.
“I hope to help them perfect on a few things both as a team and individually. For the few days I have been around, I have seen they have the potential.”
Nairobi Aviation College beat Thunder by a basket scoring 63-61 with Ben Oluoch notching 18 points. Thunder’s highest scorer was Cliff Alela with 15 points.
Thunder led 33-31 at the breather with 16-14 win in the first quarter and a 17-all tie in the second. A dominant display in the third quarter had Aviation win 19-9 to assume an eight points lead but lost the fourth 19-13.
Blazers cemented its position in the relegation zone after losing 48-77 to Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). Only six players turned up for Blazers.
In as many games, Safe Spaces could not raise quorum as only five players featured in their 102-32 humiliation by Eagle Wings. So weak was Safe Spaces that they only scored a double digit in only one quarter.
Wings carried the day 24-6, 32-8, 23-7 and 23-11. Salma Akinyi top scored for Wings with 22 points as Annerose Atieno added 18. Immaculate Agusta scored 13 points for Safe Spaces.
Strathmore University reaped maximum points after beating Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) in quarters of 19-7, 10-5, 6-2 and 16-7.
Mollete Achieng scored 14 points for Strathmore while KCA-Us highest scorer was Rebecca Nkatha with 7. In division one, Barclays Bank beat Eldonetts 61-35, Umoja scored 64-40 past Parklands Baptist while Little Prince won 40-37 against Dankind Academy.
Collated Results: Thunder 61 Nairobi Aviation College 63, Blazers 48 KAA 77, Safe Spaces 32 Eagle Wings 102, Strathmore University 51 KCA-U 21, Umoja 64 Parklands Baptist 40, Little Prince 40 Dankind Academy 37, Barclays Bank 61 Eldonetts 35.

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