13 April 2015

KENYA : Bankers cash in on weekend league action

  • Paul Nyakinda of Equity and Felix Omondi of Zetech have their eyes on the ball in a league match at the Nyayo Stadium. Equity had a fruitful weekend. (Photo by Shutterspeed)
It was a bankers' show in the national classic league after Co-operative Bank and Equity Bank posted vital wins in both men and women's Kenya Basketball Federation Premier Leagues at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
Co-op Bank played on Saturday and Equity Bank on Sunday.
At noon on Saturday, Co-op Bank registered their third straight win in women's premier league category by overcoming Eagle Wings 66-45. They led 28-17 at halftime. Grace Wanjiku scored a game high 23 points for the bankers while Eunice Ouma and Evelyne Kedogo scored 13 and 12 points respectively for Eagle Wings.
Co-op Bank men's wrote the same script with a convincing 84-34 win over Nairobi Aviation College. With their head coach Carey Odhiambo back on the bench together with four other players who were away on international duty, the bankers were keen to bounce back from their earlier loss to Thunder.
They led 31-12 at halftime after winning the first two quarters 18-10 and 13-2. The bankers replicated this fine form in second half winning remaining quarters 28-17 and 25-5. Captain Brian Busu scored 12 points for Co-op Bank while Ben Oluoch had 8 for Aviation who are still winless in two games.
Equity Bank under head coach David Maina were at their best. The women's side beat Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCA-U) 85-20. Samba Mjomba led from the front for Equity with 21 points as they took a 36-9 halftime lead. They won all quarters 13-5, 23-4, 24-4 and 25-7. KCA-U top scorer was Celestine Isabwa with 13 points.
Their male counterparts finally broke Thunder’s unbeaten run with a 72-48 win. Playing without influential Griffin Ligare, Thunder led 30-29 at halftime after winning second quarter 15-13 and Equity the first 16-15.
The bankers proved to be too good for their opponents in second half winning 22-6 and 21-12. Brian Obimbo top-scored for Equity with 19 points while Patrick Odhiambo scored 15 for Thunder.
Blades remain unbeaten
Blades from Strathmore University remains unbeaten after winning 70-45 against Lions. Peter Shilton scored 23 points for Blades and Denis Opiyo had 16 for Lions who trailed 13-32 at halftime.
Zetech University left it late to beat Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) 52-50 in a game they tied 26-all at the breather. Zetech won first quarter 18-13 and KAA the second 13-8. KAA picked up from that upon resumption with a 15-11 score but Zetech turned tables winning the fourth 15-9.
Joshua Kisali top-scored for the students with 14 points and Jeremy Opiyo added 13. Shem Otieno and Vincent Anyim scored 13 points each for KAA.
In women's Premier League, debutants Masaku Sparks boasting a collection of players with league experience beat Mennonite 58-22 after leading 26-6 at halftime. Betty Kananu formerly with Kenyatta University led the scores with 23 points while Silalei Shani added 10 for Masaku.
This was the first game for Mennonites who failed to score any points in the second quarter. Masaku won 14-6, 12-0, 12-11 and 20-5. Rachel Kibwana and Maryanne Wanjiru scored 6 points apiece for Mennonite.
Mt. Kenya University (Thika) had mixed results in division one. On Saturday, they beat Parklands Baptist 62-46 helped by 24 points from Gaston Simidi. They lost 49-61 against Blazers on Sunday.
KBF Results
Saturday: MKU Thika 62 Parklands Baptist 46, Mennonite 22 Masaku Sparks 58, Eagle Wings 45 Co-op Bank 66, Co-op Bank 84 Nairobi Aviation College 34, Blades 70 vs Lions 45; Sunday: Blazers 61 MKU Thika 49, World Hope 71 EMYBA 63, Equity Bank Ladies 85 KCA-U 20, Thunder 48 Equity Bank Men 72, Zetech University 52 KAA 50.

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