February 29, 2024

KPA sides return to KBF action in dominant fashion

KPA  sides return to KBF action in dominant fashion
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This was Antony Ojukwu's first outing without the services of center player Madina Okot who has since switched allegiance to Zetech Sparks

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) basketball sides got back to league action this weekend with resounding wins, against Strathmore University and Eldonets sides, confirming that they are still the teams to beat in the local league.

Sammy Kiki's men had not been in action since their Basketball Africa League (BAL) qualifiers outing in South Africa while their female counterparts had been out since taking part in the playing in the FIBA Africa Women’s Champions Cup in December last year. 

Against Tony Ochieng's Strathmore Blades on Saturday, KPA men's Job Byron scored ten with Frankline Omondi adding nine to the tally in a convincing 55-35 victory. 

The side had no time to rest before facing Eldonets Platinum on Sunday afternoon, but the latter could hold no light to the dockers as they fell 72-36. 

Despite a good start for Eldonets who went 14-08 up in the first quarter, Kiki's men recovered to dominate the remaining three periods 19-03, 20-05 and 25-14 for victory. 

Meanwhile, the women's side had an easy weekend dispensing off Strathmore Swords 72-35 and Eldonets Ladies 69-10 to prove that their title defence is highly unlikely to be challenged. 

This was Antony Ojukwu's first outing without the services of center player Madina Okot who has since switched allegiance to Zetech Sparks after landing a scholarship with the varsity side but the result points to a team that is not struggling with her absence. 

In Nairobi, action at United States International University (USIU) grounds on Saturday had Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Lynx pick a crucial victory against struggling Eagle Wings in a 54-35 outcome to keep their hopes of a playoff slot alive. 

Caleb Osewe's Kenyatta University (K.U) Oryx were also on the winning end of a clash against Africa Nazarene University (ANU) Panthers in a 47-27 result. 

The men's top tier league, in Nairobi, on Saturday had K.U Pirates play for a 64-52 victory against visiting Kisumu Lakeside. 

Sunday's action at the same venue had former women's league champions Equity Bank Hawks pick a slim 40-38 win over bitter rivals Zetech Sparks. 

Victory for David Maina's Hawks was sweet revenge as they had lost the first leg clash against the varsity side at Nyayo Indoor Arena last year. 

The other premier league match saw Lakeside bag an important win in a 52-32 result against relegation-threatened Zetech Titans. 

 

Premier League Results 

Saturday 

JKUAT Lynx 54 Eagle Wings 35 -Women 

K.U Oryx 47 ANU 27 - Women 

 KPA 72 Strathmore Swords 35 -Women 

K.U Pirates 64 Lakeside 52 - Men 

KPA 55 Strathmore Blades 35 - Men 

 

Sunday 

KPA 69 Eldonets 10- Women 

Equity 40 Zetech 38 - Women 

Zetech 32 Lakeside 52- Men 

KPA 72 Eldonets 36- Men