16 March 2015

KENYA : Equity fall to KPA in league opener, USIU beat Ulinzi

  • USIU Flames Cynthia Irankunda in a past league match.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
Equity Bank ladies basketball team had a false start in their premier league debut losing 58-76 to Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in Mombasa.
KPA fielded their new signings of Linda Nyikuli and Evelyn Nora both from Eagle Wings as well as Evelyn Itabo formerly with Safe Spaces and Anne Ndela.
Defending champions United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) beat Ulinzi Blades 66-45 at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium. Sarah Chan led the scores with 13 points while Zipporah Adhiambo added 11.
New signing from Co-operative Bank Melissa Akinyi scored 8 points. She was brought on board to fill the void left by Hilda Indasi who decamped to Equity Bank.
New signing for Ulinzi Brenda Odula from Eagle Wings scored 15 points to lead the soldiers. Rose Aketch had 14 points coming off ten free throws and two baskets.
USIU-A scored 15 points from the free throw line and 15 from 3-point shots against Ulinzi’s 21 at the free throw line and 9 from 3-point shots.
The students were dominant in the entire game winning all quarters 11-10, 15-8, 16-9 and 24-18 respectively.
Ulinzi used new players who include Florence Mbithe from Safe Spaces, Dorothy Egessa, Maxim Agusta and Jane Mugwanga.
Former champions Eagle Wings who have seen most of their key players depart beat Kenyatta University Oryx 52-24.
In the men's premier, newcomers Umoja lost their first game going down 51-67 away to Nakuru Club while champions KPA beat Equity Bank 70-56 with their new signings Arou Ramadhan, Athiey Lwal and Valentine Nyakinda.
University of Nairobi Terrorists were 60-50 winners over Lions. Ulinzi Warriors kicked off their campaign with a 64-53 win over USIU-A who proved to be a worthy opponent.
New signing Joshua Okumu and Victor Odendo top scored for Ulinzi with 13 points each. Okumu grabbed 4 rebounds and 5 steals while Odendo had 2 rebounds. John Washika grabbed 6 rebounds and 3 steals.
For USIU-A, Kevin Kigotho scored highest with 16 points while Mike Opinya and Kevin Bosire scored 12 points each. Ulinzi led 43-30 at halftime after losing first quarter 15-19 and winning the second 28-11. The second half was balanced as Ulinzi won third quarter 11-9 and USIU-A the fourth 14-10.
Barclays Bank needed overtime to beat Africa Nazarene University (ANU) 83-67 in division one. The game tied at 63-all in regulation time after Barclays led 27-22 at halftime.
First quarter went to the bankers 19-10 and the second to ANU 12-8. Barclays claimed the third 20-13 before ANU pushed the game to overtime with a 28-16 win in the fourth. In added time, Romanov O'Connor, Franklin Delano and Mike Lopokoiyit scored 6 points each to help Barclays win 20-4.
O'Connor top scored with a game high 25 points for Barclays while ANUs top scorer was Kenneth Ndung’u with 17 points, Bryan Jarret added 14 and Jarret Ouma 13.
Results: ANU 67 Barclays Bank 80, USIU Flames 66 Ulinzi Blades 45, USIU Tigers 53 Ulinzi Warriors 64, UoN Terror 60 Lions 50, Nakuru Club 65 Umoja 51, Eagle Wings 52 KU Oryx 24.

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