KPA turn tables on Equity Bank

By francis marangu
Apr 30, 2017
  • Kenya Ports Authority bounced back to beat Equity Bank who denied them the league win. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) narrowly beat Equity Bank 48-44 in the women’s Premier League on Sunday, two months after the bankers beat the dockers to the league title in a 3-2 series win.

Both sides were meeting for the first time after recruiting heavily in the off-season and it was KPA who carried the day. The first quarter was a bad start for Equity after losing 2-10.

KPA had led 10-0 by capitalizing on many turnovers by Equity. Whereas KPA found it easy scoring from the layups, Equity struggled to shoot with Hilda Indasi missing key shots at the three-point line.

The bankers got their only basket for the quarter with 1:05 to play from Samba Mjomba.

In the second quarter, KPA went up 12 points at 14-2 but Equity did not give up.

The introduction of Belinda Okoth who has joined from Co-operative Bank gave Equity some ground. She played good rebounding and helped the bankers claw back to a point at 19-20.

With two seconds remaining, Bridgit Nanzala conceded a turnover from which Indasi sunk a three-pointer to give Equity their first lead of 22-20.

They won the quarter 20-10 to enjoy a two-point lead at the breather. Indasi scored nine points in the quarter to steer the comeback.

The third quarter was competitive but it is KPA who won 15-8. Felmas started off the quarter with a basket to tie 22-22 for KPA who went on to lead 24-22, 26-24 and 29-28.

Nanzala scored the crucial points that gave KPA the lead in the three intervals. Equity led only once at 27-26 through a free shot by Belinda Okoth while there were ties of 24-24, 26-26 and 28-28.

KPA maintained the lead in the fourth quarter but Equity won 14-13. Nanzala top scored with 21 points while Felmas Adhiambo added 14 for KPA who scored eight free shots in the entire game.

Indasi scored 17 points for Equity and Samba Mjomba added 10. The bankers scored 16 free shots and two three-pointers.

KPA beat Storms 50-32

On Saturday, KPA beat Storms 50-32 with quarterly scores of 9-2 in the first quarter, 13-9 in the second, 11-11 in the third and 17-10 in the fourth.

In the men’s Premier League, Griffin Ligare scored four straight points from the free-throw line to help Nairobi City Thunder beat Umoja 69-64.

With 47 seconds to play, Umoja came to within a point at 64-65 after Michael Munene fired a three-pointer. Seven seconds later, he fouled Ligare who sunk two free shots for a 67-64 score.

Umoja was keen to force overtime play and had Rodgers Ombati and Kevin Sunguti missed two successive three-pointers. Martin Okwako then fouled Ligare with 10 seconds remaining as he sealed the win from the free-throw line.

Thunder won the quarter 14-12.

In the first quarter, Thunder led 2-0 before a 2-2 tie. Abel Nson fired Thunder back to the lead with a three-pointer and they went on to win 17-12.

After making a single basket in the first quarter, Ligare rose to the occasion in the second quarter with 17 points as Thunder won 21-16 to lead 38-28 at halftime.

Umoja had taken a brief 18-17 lead with 3:20 played from a basket by Marvin Freeman. But, Ligare scored to give Thunder the lead up to the end of the quarter. Umoja won the third quarter 24-17.

They made a big comeback to lead 49-40 with Gilbert Obiero and Freeman scoring six points each to lead the fight.

Thunder made their own comeback and managed to tie the game 50-50 and Charles Kituyi assured the lead with a three-pointer.

Ligare scored a game-high 34 points for Thunder with Munene scoring 17 for Umoja, Freeman finished with 12 and Obiero had 11.

Okal stood out

KPA made seven three-pointers and scored nine free shots to beat Trailblazers 66-39. Ariel Okal who has returned to the club stood out with two dunks and top scored with 14 points.

Joseph “shiva” Ouma who is also making a return added 10 points and Victor Odendo scored eight. Brian Oyoo scored nine points for Trailblazers and Present Orengo added eight.

KPA won all quarters 16-10, 17-16, 17-4 and 16-9 respectively.

In the men’s Division I, Abel Kimondo scored six points in the last two minutes as Barclays Bank came down from 10 points to beat Zetech University 59-52.

Kimondo top scored with 20 points and scored three straight three-pointers in the third quarter. Liban Hussein scored 12 points for Zetech.

In the women's Division I, Masaku Sparks beat KCA-U 54-30. Fridah Gumba made two baskets and two three-pointers all in the first quarter to top score for Masaku with 10 points. Eve Chebet also scored 10 points.