Experience counts for plenty as Co-op down Zetech

By francis marangu
May 08, 2017
  • Cooperative Bank players in a past match against Umoja. Co-op beat Zetech on Sunday.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Co-operative Bank proved how much experience counts when they came down from 17 points to win by 17 points against Zetech University on Sunday in the men’s Premier League.

It was a complete turn around for the bankers who were already down 21-38 In the second quarter.

But, they recovered in the second half to win 75-58 at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.

“This was not a lucky escape, we worked for it. I had not given up at any point” Carey Odhiambo, the Co-op Bank head coach said about the big comeback by his team.

“They (Zetech) were running fast, passing and scoring easily in the first half so we had to change our defense in the second half. When we started playing zone press, they could not pass easily.”

Zetech ran the show in the entire of the first half by denying Co-op Bank possession.

They won the first quarter 22-8 and raced to a quick 10-point lead of 14-4 with Jeremy Opiyo scoring four points. William Okombo and Wycliffe Olanya scored a three-pointer each as Zetech went for the kill early enough.

Zetech run the show 

The bankers led once at 3-0. In the second quarter, Co-op Bank won 19-16 but it was the students who led 38-27 at the breather.

A series of turnovers for Zetech worked to the advantage of Co-op Bank in the second half. The bankers controlled possession with two standout steals by captain Brian Busu in the fourth quarter helping in the turnaround.

They won the third quarter 18-9 and had reduced the gap to three points with four minutes on the clock. Fredrick Odongo, James Mwangi and Billy Oyombe sunk a three-pointer each to aid their push. By the close of the quarter, Co-op Bank was trailing by two points at 45-47.

Seconds into the fourth quarter, Fidel Muga tied 47-47 and Mwangi gave the bankers their second lead 50-47 with a free shot and a dunk.

Okombo then buried a three-pointer to tie 50-50 before Muga broke the deadlock with a free shot after which the bankers dominated to the final whistle. Mwangi scored 18 points for Co-op Bank and Titus Musembi added 17.

Linus Kael scored 10 points for Zetech. In the corresponding fixture of the women’s Premier League, Co-op Bank beat Zetech 40-36.

First half was evenly contested as the first quarter tied 9-9 and the second ended 12-12. In the first quarter, Zetech led 3-0 and 6-5 with Co-op Bank leading 4-3.

The bankers led 11-9 and 20-17 in the second quarter as Zetech led 17-15 with ties of 15-15 and 17-17.

Gloria Manywana broke the deadlock in the third quarter with two free shots for Zetech but Co-op Bank regained the lead at 26-25. Zetech led 27-26 but the bankers went up 28-27 and never surrendered the lead to win the quarter 15-8.

Zetech won the fourth quarter 7-4 and had Lucy Musyoki score seven points as Manywana added six. Irene Makori scored 10 points for Co-op Bank and Mercy Achieng added nine.

Equity overcome Strath

In another game, Equity Bank beat Strathmore University 63-42 after leading for 24 points in the fourth quarter at 57-33.

The first two quarters were competitive with no team opening a lead of more than four points.

Equity won the first quarter 12-8 with Strathmore having led 6-2. In the second quarter, it was a 12-12 tie with Equity leading 20-16 and 24-20 at halftime.

Mollete Achieng scored four quick points from the layup to tie 24-24 for Strathmore at the start of the third quarter.

Susan Akinyi gave Equity the lead with a basket and they went on to lead by 13 points at 40-27. Equity won the quarter 16-8 and the fourth 23-14.

Achieng scored 10 points for Strathmore with Belinda Okoth top scoring for Equity with 13 points, Hilda Indasi added 12 and Susan Akinyi finished with 10.

The bankers scored 16 points from the free-throw line compared to eight for Strathmore. Eagle Wings was equally on the winning side after beating Kenyatta University Oryx 65-53.

Oryx won the first quarter 17-12 but lost the second 7-21, the third 14-21 before winning the fourth 15-11. Eunice Ouma scored four three-pointers to top score for Eagles with 19 points, Rebecca Sarange added 15 and Winnie Wafula had 11.

Results: Saturday NIBS 42 4-Christ 51, Strathmore University 59 Eldonets 35, Terror 35 Zetech University 53, Footprints 54 Kisumu Lady Bucks 27; Sunday- KU Oryx 53 Eagle Wings 65, Strathmore University 42 Equity Bank Hawks 63, Co-op Bank ladies 40 Zetech University 36, Co-op Bank men 75 Zetech University 58, KU Pirates 61 Upper Hill 44, KAA 24 Strathmore University 74, Zetech University 74 Eldonets 66, World Hope 57 Barclays Bank 62.