History beckons after Equity Bank beat USIU-A

By francis marangu
Jan 24, 2017
  • Mercy Wanyama of Equity Bank vies for the ball with USIU-A's Angela Okoth who is supported by teammates Samba Mjomba and Hilda Indasi. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Equity Bank Hawks are on the verge of a historic appearance in the women’s Premier League playoffs final after taking a 2-0 series lead over defending champions United States International University- Africa (USIU-A).

The bankers who are chasing their maiden title won games one and two over the weekend and could seal the series if they win game three on Saturday.

The winner in this series will play Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in the final. KPA eliminated Co-operative Bank 3-0.

In game one, Equity came from 19-21 down at halftime to win 51-40. The bankers had won first quarter 10-4 and the students the second 17-9. Equity came top in the second half claiming third quarter 14-19 and 18-10 in the fourth.

Mercy Wanyama top scored with 13 points while Silalei Shani added 10. Cynthia Irankunda scored highest for USIU-A with 14 points.

In game two, it was former USIU-A player Hilda Indasi who led the rout as Equity won 63-52. She scored 27 points with Wanyama finishing with 15. Irankunda scored 17 points for USIU-A with Angela Okoth adding 13.

Equity led 30-26 at halftime after winning first quarter 18-14 and the second tied 12-12.The bankers came out strong in the third quarter with a 23-10 score as USIU-A won the fourth 16-10.

In the women’s Division I, Zetech University leads Strathmore University II 2-0. Zetech won game one 41-36 after leading 21-10 at the breather. Rebecca Nkatha (Zetech) and Immaculate Awuor (Strathmore) scored 10 points each.

In game two, it was a 55-46 win for Zetech who led 31-20 at halftime. Debra Atieno scored 14 points for Zetech and Lucy Mbithe added 12 while Sylvia Kamau top scored for Strathmore with 17 points and Awuor added 15.

Zetech University and Umoja are tied 1-1 in the men’s Division I final. Chris Oluk scored 22 points while Joshua Kisali and Jeremy Opiyo combined for 25 points as Zetech won game one 74-53. Nicholas Ogol top scored for Umoja with 12 points.

Zetech won the first quarter 18-13 and the second 16-6 to enjoy a 34-19 halftime lead. They claimed the third quarter 21-10 and Umoja won the fourth 24-17. Ogol scored 24 points, Gilbert Obiero added 22 and Michael Munene had 14 as Umoja turned tables in the second game with a 83-56 win.

Kisali scored 13 points for Zetech with Umoja winning all quarters 17-15, 15-11, 28-17 and 23-13 respectively.