Maina's wish granted in Makande

By francis marangu
Feb 06, 2017
  • David Maina, the Equity Bank coach rallied his charges to a 1-1 result in Makande, Mombasa. (SNA. File Photo)

  • Anthony Ojukwu leads KPA for the crucial playoffs in Nairobi. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Equity Bank got the win they much craved for on Sunday to tie the women's Premier League playoffs final best-of-five series 1-1 with Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).

After Saturday's heavy loss in game one, the bankers appeared to be out of touch. But, they returned on Sunday to snatch away game two 56-55 in overtime and fulfill head coach David Maina's wish.

Both teams tied 46-46 in normal time. Ahead of the two games, Maina said they were hoping to come out of Mombasa with at least a game.

KPA led 25-21 at halftime after winning first quarter 14-9 and Equity the second 12-11. The bankers claimed third quarter 12-8 with the fourth deadlocking 13-13.

In added time, Equity won 10-9. Felmas Adhiambo scored a game high 23 points for KPA with Natalie Akinyi adding 11. Hilda Indasi was Equity's top scorer with 19 points and Mercy Wanyama finished with 16.

In game one, KPA easily won 60-43 after taking a 36-13 halftime lead. Yvonne Akinyi scored 12 points for KPA and Betty Kananu added 11. Indasi scored 15 points for Equity and Wanyama added 12.

In the men's final, KPA took a huge stride after leading Co-operative Bank 2-0. The dockers won game two 71-69 on Sunday with Salim Ali scoring 17 points for the bankers and Martin Kitonga scored 16 for KPA.

It was a comeback win for KPA after trailing 33-39 at the breather. In game one, KPA won 60-56 with Kitonga scoring 13 points and Arou Ramadhan had 12. William Mayiel and James Mwangi top scored for Co-op Bank with 12 points each.