Bad light stops Co-Operative Bank and USIU-A game

By francis marangu
Jul 16, 2016
  • USIU-A's Melissa Akinyi takes a free throw against Masaku Sparks (Photo by Shutterspeed)

The men’s Premier League tie between Co-operative Bank and United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) at the Nyayo National Stadium indoor gymnasium was stopped with 6:50 to play in the fourth quarter due to poor lighting.

Co-op Bank was leading 59-49 when play was stopped and won two of the three quarters played. The bankers claimed first quarter 21-14 after leading for two times at 4-3 and 15-12 before opening up a 7-point lead.

USIU-A led thrice at 3-0, 5-4 and 12-9 with ties of 9-9 and 12-12. Co-op Bank narrowly won the second 19-18 after opening up a lead of 14 points at 37-23 to lead 40-32 at halftime.

In the third quarter, USIU-A who missed captain Kevin Kigotho and Japheth Areba fought back to cut the deficit to three points at 52-49 and won the quarter 17-14 but still trailed.

Nairobi City Thunder beat Equity Bank 67-55 in the absence of their key player Griffin Ligare. In the entire game, Equity led only once in second quarter at 23-22. Thunder was the dominant side winning first quarter 17-11.

In this quarter, they opened up a lead of seven points at 15-8 and there was one tie of 4-4. They won the second quarter 19-16 for a 36-27 halftime lead.

Frank Manyara tied the scores for Equity 19-19 early in the second quarter with a basket. Shem Otieno then restored the lead for Thunder with two free shots before Manyara tied again 21-21 with a basket.

Thunder then led 22-21 before Equity had a brief lead of 23-22 with 3:15 on the clock. Thunder regained the lead 24-23 and went on to open an eight-point difference at 34-26. They won the third quarter 18-14 after opening a lead of 13 points at 43-30.

Equity won a consolation fourth quarter 14-13 but Thunder had the biggest lead of 17 points at 63-46. Charles Kituyi top scored for Thunder with 20 points, Kevin Chogo scored 18 and Shem Otieno finished with 17.

Edwin Nyakinda came off the bench in second half to top score for Equity with 15 points while Brian Obimbo scored 12.

Thunder scored 16 free shots and made three three-pointers as Equity made seven free shots and four three-pointers.

Blades slice  KCA-U

Kenya College of Accountancy- University had a poor second quarter scoring a single basket to lose 46-56 to Strathmore Blades.

Blades dominated the first half and KCA-U the second. Blades led 32-16 at halftime after winning the first quarter 17-14 and the second 15-2.

In the first quarter, Blades led five times at 4-0, 6-5, 8-6, 10-8 and 13-12 while KCA-U led twice at 5-4 and 12-10. There were three ties of 6-6, 8-8 and 10-10.

Blades exploded in the second quarter opening a 16-point lead heading to the breather. They stretched to 18 points in third quarter at 34-16 but KCA-U won 15-11.

Cliff Alela top-scored for Blades with 25 points. Alphonce Muchiri fired three three-pointers to lead scoring for KCA-U with 15 points.

In the women’s Premier League, USIU-A beat Masaku Sparks 50-33 with first and second quarter wins of 16-5 and 18-8 respectively.

Masaku won third and fourth quarters with identical scores of 10-8. Cynthia Irankunda top-scored for USIU-A with 16 points while Mitchelle Otinda made four three-pointers to top score for Masaku with 15 points.

Co-op Bank beat Eagle Wings 70-42 after setting pace with a 22-13 win in first quarter. Eagles won the second 12-11 before the bankers dominated with a 15-9 win in the third and 22-8 in the fourth.

Belinda Okoth scored eight free shots to top score for Co-op Bank with 18 points, Evelyne Itabu added 15 and Florence Mbithe scored 14. Lucy Machuma scored 23 points for the Eagles.

Saturday Results: Blades 56 KCA-U 46, USIU-A 50 Masaku Sparks 33, Co-op Bank 70 Eagle Wings 42, Umoja 54 4-Christ 47, Thunder 67 Equity Bank 55, USIU Marines 51 MKU Thika 64, Baraka Xtreme 69 Don Bosco 68, KCA-U Ladies 23 Strathmore University 44, Barclays Bank 62 ANU 36, Terror 60 KAA 53.