Lions upset USIU-A for second win in men's Premier League

By francis marangu
Jun 11, 2017
  • Lions turned up the style to upset USIU-A in the men's Premier League. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Lions Basketball Club produced a shocker on Saturday beating United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) 55-44 in the men’s Premier League.

It was the second win for Lions this season. Umoja who were promoted to the league this season equally produced a surprise performance to beat Equity Bank 49-30.

The bankers will be under pressure to deliver on Sunday when they play leaders Ulinzi Warriors. The loss to Umoja was their second in succession after going down 53-61 to Strathmore Blades last week.

Against Ulinzi, they will be facing a strong team that is yet to lose a game and are in good form.

The bankers were completely outplayed by Umoja in the entire game and did not lead at any point. In the first quarter, Umoja took a 2-0 lead with Equity tying 2-2.

Umoja led again 3-2 and they opened up a nine-point lead of 16-7 to win the quarter 18-12. They won the second quarter 12-10 for a 30-22 halftime lead.

Umoja extended their lead to 14 points in the third quarter at 39-25 and won 9-3 to remain on the lead. Frank Manyala, one of the key players fouled out with barely two minutes into the fourth quarter further complicating Equity’s chances of making a comeback.

Umoja went up 18 points at 47-29 and won the quarter 10-5. Nick Ogol scored 10 points for Umoja and Gilbert Obiero added nine. Brian Obimbo top scored for Equity with seven points.

Mutoro top-scored

Ulinzi prepared for Sunday’s game with a 67-62 win over Blades. In the game, Eric Mutoro scored 20 points for the soldiers with William Ochieng adding 14.

Peter Shilton sunk four three-pointers to score 19 points for Blades with Cliff Alela adding 11. Ulinzi won the first three quarters 19-17, 13-7 and 19-14 respectively with Blades claiming the fourth 24-16.

The soldiers scored nine points from the three-point line and eight from the free-throw line compared to Blades’ 18 from the three-point line and 10 from free shots.

In another fixture, Griffin Ligare delivered the win for Nairobi City Thunder as they beat Zetech University 79-46.

Ligare successfully fired four times from the three-point line to score 39 points as Thunder recovered from a 16-23 loss in the first quarter to win 29-2 in the second, 23-14 in the third and 11-7 in the fourth.

Chris Oluk scored the only points for Zetech in a frustrating second quarter from the free-throw line. Jeremy Opiyo led scoring for Zetech with 20 points.