KU Oryx soar over USIU-A

By francis marangu
May 14, 2017
  • Zetech University Benjamin Oneya grabs a rebound ball against Lions. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Simon Ndungu of Lions Club dribbles past Jeremy Opiyo of Zetech University. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Strathmore Basketball coach Tonny Ochieng calls for a time out in the match against Kenyatta University Pirates. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenyatta University Oryx staged a perfect coup on Sunday with a 54-46 surprise win over the United States International University- Africa (USIU-A), their first-ever in the women’s Premier League.

Oryx killed off USIU-A from the three-point line where they scored 21 points.

Rose Mshilla, who finished with 10 points scored two successive three-point shots in the third quarter that lifted Oryx after USIU-A had narrowed the gap to two points.

Berine Okoth top scored with 15 points while Rachel Wandago finished with 14. Melissa Akinyi scored four three-pointers to top score for USIU-A with 25 points.

The teams tied 21-21 at halftime after USIU-A won the first quarter 15-8 and Oryx the second 13-6. Oryx won the third quarter 16-11 and the fourth 17-14.

In another match, Strathmore University beat Eagle Wings 44-39 after coming back from 16-20 at halftime.

Eagles won the first quarter 11-10 and the second 9-6. The students turned out strongly in the second half with a 16-13 win in the third quarter and 12-6 in the fourth.

Susan Manya scored 17 points for Strathmore with Jacqueline Tinega adding 10. For Eagles, Eunice Ouma scored three three-pointers to top score with 12 points while Dora Ouko added eight.

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) beat Co-operative Bank 70-23 in Mombasa.

In the men’s Premier League, Co-operative Bank beat KPA 60-57.

Thunder was no-match for Ulinzi

In Nairobi, Nairobi City Thunder was no-match for Ulinzi Warriors as they lost 60-91. Eric Mutoro top scored for Ulinzi with 29 points.

He scored 16 in the first quarter including three three-pointers as the soldiers opened a 20-point lead of 29-9 to win the quarter. Thunder led 2-0, their only lead of the game.

In the second quarter, it was a 15-15 tie as Ulinzi led 44-24 at the breather. They went 25 points clear in the third quarter at 62-37 to win 18-13. Ulinzi took home the fourth quarter 29-23 and had led for 29 points at 82-53.

Paul Nyakinda scored 13 points for Thunder and Griffin Ligare 12.

USIU-A beat Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) 63-59 after leading 31-28 at halftime.

USIU-A won the first quarter 20-10 and KCA-U the second 18-11. USIU-A took home the third quarter 22-16 and KCA-U the fourth 15-10.

Alex Ramazani scored 27 points for USIU-A and David Omondi top scored for KCA-U with 16 points.

Equity Bank won 83-56 over Trailblazers after losing the first quarter 14-17 but recovered to win the second 27-12, the third 20-10 and the fourth 22-17.

Alex Lugasi scored 16 points for Equity Bank and Kevin Chogo added 13. Christopher Katimba scored 13 points for Tailblazers with Lenson Kisia and Amos Muluya scoring 10 points each.


Saturday - ANU 47 KCA-U 27, NIBS 49 EMYBA 59, ANU 20 Eldonets 0, JKUAT 74 NEOSASA 53, Storms 50 Zetech University 63, Strathmore University 82 KU Pirates 60, Lions 50 Zetech University 60, Blades 70 Umoja 38, USIU-A 63 KCA-U 59, KPA ladies 70 Co-op Bank 23, KPA men 57 Co-op Bank 60.

Sunday: Trailblazers 56 Equity Bank 83, Ulinzi Warriors 91 Thunder 60, Footprints 35 Strathmore University 27, 4-Christ 53 Riara University 62, USIU-A 46 KU Oryx 54, Eagle Wings 39 Strathmore University 44, Upper Hill 60 ANU 50, Gladiators 31 ANU 46, Barclays Bank 60 Nakuru Club 45, JKUAT 46 Little Prince 37, Blazers 37 EMYBA 55.