Bitter Nairobi tour for former basketball champions
Strathmore Swords shocked former champions with a deserved 48-45 victory fueled by a third quarter run that saw the helpless dock women forced to a series of turnovers, thanks to outstanding defense by one Rachel Opinya.
Swords, in a bullish mood from onset fell to KPA in the first half losing out 7-10 and a close 15-16 in the first and second quarters respectively. The third quarter turned out be one sided as Opinya cornered KPA’s guard Brenda Angeshi extending KPA’s frustration in the court. Grace Wanjiku had her green touch on at the right moment nailing clutch three-point shots while Mellisa Akinyi punished the dock women on fast breaks that had no replies to wrap up the quarter at 18-7.
KPA’s attempt go get into the game during the final quarter were watered down by their third quarter mistakes despite a 8-12. Grace Wanjiku and Mellisa bagged 15 and 9 points respectively for Swords while KPA’s Everlyne Akoth had 9 ponits.
KPA returned to the court but against another dreaded opponent, Storms, who bullied them in all but the second quarter of the game to ensure that the coastal side left Nairobi without a win. Storms won the first contested quarter 11-10 but were forced to 14 all tie in the second. A poor run in the second half turned out to haunt KPA again with Storms drubbing them 14-8 and 21-9 respectively in the final two quarters of the game to end the thrilling but tensed game 60-42.
Storms Susan Akinyi had 15 points while Brenda Angeshi replied with 11 for her side.
Meanwhile defending champions Eagle Wings extended their dominance over COOP Bank ladies with 65-58 win in a game played on Friday Night. Eagle Wings won all but the final quarter of the game at 16-12, 15-11; 15-12 and 19-23 respectively.
In this match, Janet Akoth buried 16 points for Wings thanks to her triple three-point shots while COOP’s Vilma Achieng had 9 points.
KBF SUNDAY RESULTS
Little Prince 29/54 vs Equity 34/64
21 pts Victor Okoth 20 pts Vincent Onsongo
10 pts Elvis Mwangi 12 pts Ian Wachie
K.a.a. 38/71 vs Strathmore 37/77
15 pts Evans Ochieng 19 pts Peter Shilton
15 pts Vincent Anyim 15 pts Huga Ayara
Storms 25/60 vs KPA 24/42
18 pts Susan Akinyi 15 pts Brenda Angeshi
18 pts Sylvia Omollo 08 pts Volnet Wanyama
Zetech 27/60 vs KCA-u 24/57
12 pts Felix Omondi 21 pts Gerald Mwangi
11 pts Kisali Mtwa 11 pts George Obumbo
Coopbank 48/100 vs Mennonites 16/38
28 pts Tony Abondo 24 pts Kooshin Diliwe
13 pts Salim Ali 10 pts Felix Ochieng
12 pts Erick Odhiambo
NRB Aviation 28/58 vs KPA. 38/91
22 pts Job Byron 26 pts Ariel Okall
11 pts Paul Nyakinda 16 pts Martin Gitonga