Dominant Equity Bank extinguish USIU-A Flames

By francis marangu
Oct 22, 2016
  • Western Delight narrowly lost to Storms on Saturday. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Equity Bank was all-dominant as they handed champions United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) their fourth loss of the season by winning 65-49 on Saturday in the Kenya basketball Federation women’s Premier League.

The bankers who played without injured Hilda Indasi won all quarters. They put up a good defensive play that restricted USIU-A's top scorers under check all through.

Apart from Angela Okoth who top-scored with 14 points, there was no other player for USIU-A on double digits.

Sarah Chan who sat out the entire of the first quarter scored nine points with the Equity Bank duo of Silalei Shani and Mercy Wanyama making sure she did not have an easy time offensively. Cynthia Irankunda had eight points and Melissa Akinyi scored seven.

Most of the breaks by Equity Bank resulted in points while their good passes ensured they were in good control. Wanyama top-scored with 19 points for Equity Bank while Evelyne Nora sunk three three-pointers to finish with 12 points.

Equity Bank scored 12 points from the three-point line and 15 from free shots against 18 for USIU-A at the arc and 10 from the free-throw line.

The bankers claimed the first quarter 12-10 after leading 2-0, 4-3 and 8-5. USIU-A led thrice at 3-2, 5-4 and 10-9 with a 10-10 tie.

USIU-A opened the second quarter with a 13-12 lead but Equity led 14-13 and went on to win the quarter 14-10 for a 26-20 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Equity Bank opened a seven-point lead at 29-22 but USIU-A clawed back to tie 31-31 with a crucial three-pointer from Irankunda.

Nora gave Equity Bank the lead again 34-31 with a three-pointer and stretched the gap to 11 points at 46-35. Equity Bank won the quarter 22-18.

The bankers had an easy going in the fourth quarter as they led for 16 points at 63-47 to win 19-11.

Storms narrowly beat Western Delight

In the other women’s game, Storms narrowly beat Western Delight 38-31 in a game of two halves.

Storms dominated the first half with a 10-2 score in the first quarter and 12-8 in the second.

Western Delight claimed the third quarter 5-3 and the fourth 16-13. Sylvia Omollo made three, three-pointers to top-score for Storms with 17 points and Matilda Wangari added 13. Catherine Akinyi scored 12 points for Western Delight and Euphresia Kageha added 11.

Storms scored four three-pointers and four free shots while Western Delight made nine free shots.

In Mombasa, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) beat Eagle Wings 57-32 with Felmas Adhiambo scoring 14 points and Natalie Akinyi 10. Lucy Machuma top-scored for the Eagles with 22 points.

KPA won the first three quarters 14-5, 15-8 and 15-11 before the fourth tied 13-13.

In the men’s Premier League, USIU-A beat Nairobi City Thunder 70-60.

The game was stopped temporarily in the second quarter following a heavy downpour. Thunder started off winning the first quarter 15-14 having gone for a 9-0 scoring run early into the game.

USIU-A returned the favour and went for a 10-0 scoring run to lead 10-9. Griffin Ligare then fired a three-pointer that gave Thunder the lead at 12-10.

Early into the second quarter, Derick Juma sunk a three-pointer to give USIU-A a 17-15 lead but the game tied 26-26. USIU-A went up 27-26 before deadlocking 32-32 at halftime. The students won second quarter 18-17.

Good rebounding

Good rebounding by Kevin Kigotho and Dan Omondi in the second half was key to USIU-A dominance. Anthony Oduor made a free shot that broke the tie for Thunder 33-32 in the third quarter.

The students then led 36-35 before Kevin Chogo tied 36-36 with a free shot for Thunder. Juma made a basket that put USIU-A on the lead and they won the quarter 18-10.

USIU-A led for 15 points in the fourth quarter at 57-42 and won 20-18. Alex Ramazani top scored for USIU-A with a game high 29 points while Ligare scored 21 for Thunder and Chogo finished with 14.

In Mombasa, Evans Letting scored 26 points to lead KPA to a 79-56 win over defending champions Ulinzi Warriors. KPA led 42-28 at halftime after convincingly winning the second quarter 21-5.

Ulinzi had narrowly clinched the first quarter 23-21.

KPA won the second half 12-10 and 25-18. Byron Mabonga and Victor Odendo scored 10 points each for Ulinzi.

Saturday results: Nebulas 74 Blazers 62, KPA 57 Eagle Wings 32, KPA 79 Ulinzi Warriors 56, Strathmore University 37 Egerton University 28, EMYBA 65 Egerton University 69, Storms 38 Western Delight 31, World Hope 77 Egerton University 64, Equity Bank 67 USIU Flames 49, Thunder 60 USIU-A Tigers 70.