24 May 2015

KENYA : KCA-U and Lions register first league wins

  • Strathmore University Susan Manya against Storm's Irene Mulemea.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • Strathmore University coach Ronnie Owino during their match against Eagle Wings.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • Strathmore University Susan Manya against Storm's Irene Mulemea.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • Strathmore University coach Ronnie Owino during their match against Eagle Wings.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
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Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) and Lions finally registered their first wins in the women and men premier leagues on saturday respectively.
After four winless games each, KCA-U beat Mennonite 41-29 on Saturday at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium while Lions won 61-47 away to Nakuru Club.
Lions head coach Juma Ikapian attributed the victory to a change in their training, an extra session every week.
“The game was tough from the start but we struggled to the end with our defense stepping up well. After previous losses, we took time to work on our mistakes and coordination between players was good.”
For KCA-U, the win was long overdue and they dominated Mennonite in the first three quarters winning 8-7, 15-10 and 10-3. Mennonite won the fourth 9-8.
“We lost nine players immediately the season began which was a huge setback to our plans. I have recruited but some of the new players have never been coached making it difficult to handle them,” head coach Victor Ochieng said.
“These conferences have come with big breaks between games. I utilized that since our last game with KPA by taking the players through friendlies just to make them accustomed to winning and it has worked.”
Celestine Isabwa scored 12 points for KCA-U who had four points from free shots and one 3-point shot. Rachael Kibwana had a game high 20 points for Mennonite, scoring four in first quarter, six in second quarter, three in third quarter and seven in the fourth.
She grabbed four rebounds and one steal. Mennonite scored five points from free shots and six from the arc. Strathmore University taught Sprite Storms some basketball lessons with a 51-25 win. Pauline Oketch, Mollette Achieng and Rachael Opinya scored 12, 10 and 8 points respectively for Strathmore.
Faustin Mandu and Angela Luchivya top scored for Storms with 8 points each as the team scored nine free shots and made two 3-pointers.
Strathmore had six of their points coming off the free-throw line and made one 3-point shot.
USIU stop Eagles
Defending champions United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) showed their true character to beat Eagle Wings 79-44.
From the onset, a weakened Eagles appeared to be in for a surprise win after taking a slim 15-14 win in first quarter. With only Sarah Chan and Cynthia Irankunda the only foreign players out of six for USIU-A making their team list as per new rules, the students seemed to struggle allowing Eagles to lead 11-4 inside six minutes of the quarter.
When the second quarter started, Chan scored a quick basket for the lead to change hands at 16-15 in favour of USIU-A.
The students dictated pace until after four minutes of play when both teams tied at 21-all. Lucy Machuma managed to score a basket for Eagles who then went for close to ten minutes without scoring.
USIU-A won the quarter 19-8 for a 33-23 halftime lead. Until the fourth minute of third quarter, Eagles had not scored and USIU-A led 45-23 before winning the quarter 25-12. A 21-9 score in the fourth quarter sealed the all-important win for the students.
Sarah Chan proved her supremo scoring a game high 38 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and two blocks for the winners. Eunice Ouma scored 16 points for Eagles and grabbed 4 rebounds while Dorah Ouko added 11 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. USIU-A enjoyed the biggest lead of 35 points against 8 for Eagles, lead changed hands for three times and game was tied thrice.
The students bench proved too powerful producing 19 points against Eagles 3 while USIU-A scored 40 points in the paint against 24 for Eagles. 21 points for USIU-A came from second chances against 2 for Eagles while fast break points were 13 for the students and 12 for Eagles.
In 17 attempts from the free-throw line, USIU-A scored five and shot 34% from the arc at 10/29. Eagles attempted 14 times at the free-throw line scoring nine and shot 21% from the 3-point line at 3/14.
The only men premier league game played in Nairobi had Equity Bank beat Strathmore University 69-47. The biggest scoring run for Equity was 12-0 against 7-0 for Strathmore.
The students were outplayed only leading for 00:19 as the bankers commanded a 35:46 lead time. Equity won all quarters 14-10, 13-11, 16-12 and 26-13 respectively.
The lead in this game changed sides only twice while both teams were tied five times. Equity had the biggest lead of 26 points, making 6 shots out of 15 attempts at the arc and scored 15 free shots from 24 attempts.
Strathmore had only one 3-point shot made from nine attempts and scored 16 free shots out of 36 attempts.
Paul Nyakundi top scored for Equity with 18 points, one rebound and one assist while Brian Obimbo added 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and three steals.
Allan Nyongesa was the highest scorer for Strathmore with 8 points and grabbed five rebounds. In Mombasa, Martin Kitongo scored 26 points and Valentine Nyakinda added 22 as Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) beat Kenyatta University Pirates 89-50.
Saturday Results: Blazers 78 ANU 75, Strathmore University 51 Sprite Storms 25, Eagle Wings 44 USIU-A 79, Equity Bank Men 69 Strathmore University 47, Nakuru Club 47 Lions 61, Lakeside 50 KCA-U 54, Mennonite Ladies 29 KCA-U 41.

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