20 April 2015

KENYA : Co-op Bank deny Equity maximum points

By francis marangu
Apr 20, 2015
  • Florence Mbithe of Ulinzi shileds the ball from Debbie Odunga of Eagle Wings in a match Ulinzi won 59-58. (Photo by Shutterspeed)
Allan Ouma scored 24 points and Brian Busu added 16 as Co-operative Bank beat Equity Bank 76-47 in a Kenya Basketball Federation league game played at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium on Sunday.
Ouma grabbed three rebounds while Busu rebounded seven times to steer their team to a comfortable win.
For Equity, Fred Lugasi scored nine points. Co-op won the first quarter 20-8 and Equity the second 21-18 as the former led 38-29 at halftime. Co-op dictated the tempo in the second half winning the third and fourth quarters 18-6 and 20-12.
From the free-throw line, Co-op Bank attempted 31 times scoring 16 while their attempts at 3-point shots were seven only making two. Equity scored three points off the free-throw line and 15 from 3-point shots.
Strathmore’s Blades had to sweat it out in their 60-54 win over Terror from University of Nairobi in a close match. Blades enjoyed a slim lead of two points at halftime winning the first quarter 16-14 while the second was all square at 11-11.
Blades stretched their lead to seven points at the close of third quarter with a 17-12 win but fourth quarter provided the thrills as Terror slowly fought back with unanswered baskets to tie the game at 48-all inside five minutes of the final quarter.
Point-guard Reuben Muraya managed to break the deadlock with a basket for Blades after more than a minute of scoreless play. For the next three minutes, both teams traded scores and the game was tied again at 54-all as the clock read 2:02 remaining.
Stage for a tense ending
This set the stage for a tense ending as Blades managed a basket to take the lead at 56-54. With only seconds counting to the final whistle, Terror called for a timeout to re-strategize on how to overturn the scoreline or force a tie for overtime.
However, it turned against their plan as three successive turnovers by Sila Awuor and two fouls allowed Blades to seal the win with a basket from Emmanuel Soja and one free shot each from Joseph Ongoro and Peter Shilton.
Ongoro scored four 3-point shots to top-score for Blades with 21 points while Frank Manyala had 12 points for Terror. Blades made eleven free shots and five 3-point shots against Terror’s four free shots and four 3-point shots.
Strathmore University was not lucky going down 65-70 to Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). Luka Lukongo scored 18 points for KAA who led 30-24 at halftime while Liude Kakembo scored 13 for Strathmore.
Umoja shocked Mennonite 65-49 for their first win of the debut season. Umoja led 30-22 at the breather and had Joseph Dibondo top-score with 14 points. Denis Kiboe scored 11 points for Mennonite.
Elsewhere, hosts Nakuru Club beat Ulinzi Warriors 61-57 as Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) easily won 65-42 at home to Zetech University.
Hotly contested encounter
The women premier league game between Ulinzi Blades and Eagle Wings was another hotly contested encounter for the weekend. Ulinzi won by a basket beating the Eagles 59-57.
It was a positive display for Eagles who had ten players against their opponent’s twelve and managed to win two quarters. At halftime, the scores tied at 31-all after Ulinzi won the first quarter 15-9 and Eagles the second 22-16.
In the third quarter, Ulinzi took a five-points lead winning 11-6. A fight back in the closing quarter saw Eagles win 20-17 but fell short of clinching the win. Bridgit Nanzala, a former Eagle Wings player, top-scored for Ulinzi with a game high of 24 points.
Player-coach Evelyn Kedogo led from the front scoring 15 points for Eagles that were aided by four 3-point shots. Lucy Machuma added 12 points for Eagles who had seven points come from free shots and 18 from the 3-point line.
In division one action, Franklin Delano scored four three-point shots to help Barclays Bank beat Blazers 70-54. Thirteen of Barclays points came from the free shots and 27 from three-point shots while Blazers made 15 free shots.
On Saturday, Blazers beat Parklands Baptist 66-36, KCA-U beat Don Bosco 43-40, 4-Christ won 62-60 against Little Prince while Trailblazers beat Baraka Xtreme 64-34.
Weekend Results
Saturday: Nakuru Club 61 Ulinzi Warriors 57, KPA 65 Zetech University 42, Little Prince 60 4-Christ 62, Don Bosco 40 KCA-U 43, Parklands Baptist 36 Blazers 66, Mennonite 49 Umoja 65, KAA 70 Strathmore University 65.
Sunday: Eagle Wings 57 Ulinzi Blades 59, Blazers 54 Barclays Bank 70, Trailblazers 64 Baraka Xtreme 34, Terror 54 Blades 60, Co-op Bank 76 Equity Bank Men 47.

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