Co-op Bank fall to Thunder in opener

By francis marangu
Mar 24, 2013

Kenya basketball men champions Co-operative Bank began their title defense on a sour note after going down 72-63 to Thunder at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium on Saturday.

The bankers squandered a 38-34 lead at halftime after winning the first quarter 23-13 and losing the second one 21-15. Thunder walked home with the final two quarters 21-17 and 17-8 to register a dream start to their new campaign.

It will, however, be back to the drawing board for the champions before their next match.

Joseph Khaemba top scored for the bankers with a game high of 28 points while Tony Abondo had 8. For the winners, international player Griffin Ligare had 17 points while Aleu Dholl had 14. Blazers stunned Mennonites 84-74 in yet another high scoring match at the same venue.

They shared the first two quarters with the first going to Mennonites 17-11 and the second to Blazers 28-20.

The second half was a one-sided affair for Blazers as they won the remaining quarters 18-17 and 27-20. Player coach Abel Nson had 33 points for Thunder followed by Kenneth Keya who had 13.

For Mennonites, Steve McOdongo notched 17 points with Hussein Abdi scoring 12.

Co-op Bank win big in women

In the women premier, last year's semi finalists Co-op Bank had a brilliant start to the season with a comfortable 71-14 win over Safe Spaces.

The bankers dominated the proceedings from the whistle carrying home the first two quarters 10-5 and 20-4 for a 30- 9 lead at halftime.

The rhythm was the same upon resumption as they hit basket after another. They won the third quarter 19-2 and wrapped up the big victory with a 22-3 win in the last quarter.

Eleanor Musundi and Linda Alando were the top scorers for the bankers scoring 12 and 10 points respectively. Florence Mbithe scored 6 for Safe Spaces.

In the other match, Kenya College of Accountancy- University, KCA-U, beat Mennonites 45-26 with 15 and 11 points from Rebecca Nkatha and Sagao Sagala respectively. Tabitha Mutheu had 6 for Mennonites.

The varsity side won all the quarters 9-4, 11-5, 12-9 and 12-8. In Division 1, it was a baptism of fire for University of Nairobi's Terror who began life in the lower tier with a 60-39 loss at the hands of Umoja. The winners swept away all the quarters 16-6, 13-10, 15-9 and 16-14.

Eric Reuben notched 19 points for Umoja with Kevin Sunguti scoring 13. Frank Mayala was Terror’s top scorer with 12 points. Little Prince was awarded a walkover after their opponents Kenya Airports Authority, KAA, failed to show up.

Collated Results: Little Prince 20 KAA 0, Umoja 60 Terror 39, Co-op Bank 71 Safe Spaces 14, KCA-U 45 Mennonites 26, Blazers 84 Mennonites 74, Thunder 72 Co-op bank 63.