Victor Odendo, the Kenya Basketball Federation men’s Premier League most valuable player in 2015 made his debut for Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) over the weekend in Nairobi.
He made a surprise move from the military side to KPA in the biggest transfer of the season.
Apart from Odendo, the dockers have added Victor Ochieng from Lions to their stable for the new season.
Odendo scored 12 points on Saturday as KPA beat Equity Bank 86-61. In that game, Victor Bosire and Evans Letting top-scored with 16 points each as Bosire hit four three-pointers.
Kevin Chogo scored 16 points for Equity as Vincent Onsogo added 11.
Equity won the first quarter 22-18 but KPA won the second 22-9, the third 23-14 and the fourth 23-16.
On Sunday, Odendo lined up again for KPA as they beat Strathmore Blades 62-44.
League returnees Umoja inflicted the third loss to Lions by winning 72-68 in overtime.
The game tied 61-61 after four quarters with Umoja winning 11-7 in added time.
Umoja opened up a seven-point lead of 16-9 to win the first quarter 17-16. Lions then led 29-28 at halftime after winning the second quarter 13-11.
Very close contest
In the quarter, the contest was very close with Lions leading 18-17 and 21-19 while Umoja led 19-18 and 26-24. There were ties of 24-24 and 26-26.
Lions led for 10 points in the third quarter at 38-28 but the final score tied 11-11. Lions maintained their slim lead going to the fourth quarter at 40-39.
Umoja started the fourth quarter by forcing a 41-41 tie but Lions had the lead for the longest period in the entire quarter.
Umoja led 43-41 and 45-44 with Lions leading 44-43, 46-45 and 52-50. There was a 50-50 tie.
With three seconds to play, Michael Munene who came off the bench fired a three-pointer that denied Lions the win for the tie to force overtime play.
In added time, Lions had an early edge taking a five-point lead from a three-pointer by Khamis Tuasir and a free shot each from Antony Mbori and Amos Wachira.
Nick Ogol made two free shots and another free shot from Kevin Sunguti as Umoja cut the lead to two points.
With 1:16 on the clock, Gilbert Obiero sunk a three-pointer as Umoja led 67-66.
John Achola returned the favour for Lions with a basket. But, Kennedy Njoroge made a three-point shot for Umoja with a minute on the clock to kill off Lions.
Martin Okwako then added two free shots that sealed the win for Umoja.
Ogol top scored with 16 points and Obiero added 14. Brian Ocholla scored highest for Lions with 19 points while Dennis Opiyo added 18.
Ulinzi beat Co-operative Bank
In other games, Ulinzi beat Co-operative Bank 83-71 while Nairobi City Thunder won 71-59 over Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U).
In the women’s Premier League, KPA won two games beating Kenyatta University Oryx 88-39 on Saturday and Strathmore University 80-40 on Sunday.
Against Strathmore, KPA maintained an over 20-point margin for more than 30 minutes as Strathmore’s effort fell short.
KPA won all the quarters 29-7, 19-15, 15-11 and 17-7 respectively.
In the first quarter, KPA opened play with an 8-0 lead helped by four points from Yolande Ngoy and three from Natalie Akinyi.
The dockers then went for a 12-0 scoring run to lead by 25 points at 29-4. In the second quarter, they stretched their lead to 26 points at 37-11, went to 30 points in the third quarter leading 63-33 and finally 40 points at full time.
Bridgit Nanzala formerly of Eagle Wings and the defunct Ulinzi Blades has signed for KPA and top scored with 22 points.
Georgia Adhiambo has also joined KPA from USIU-A. Strathmore’s top scorer was Mollete Achieng with 12 points.
Equity Bank beat Eagle Wings
Defending champions Equity Bank beat Eagle Wings 63-45 with wins of 21-9, 17-10 and 17-15 in the first three quarters respectively. Eagle Wings won the fourth quarter 11-8.
Evelyn Nora, a former Eagle Wings player scored 14 points for Equity Bank with Mercy Wanyama adding nine. Winnie Wafula scored eight points for Eagle Wings with Eunice Ouma and Lucy Machuma scoring seven each.
Equity Bank who have signed Linda Alando and Hilda Ndegwa from Masaku Sparks as well as Brenda Wangui from Kenyatta University had the biggest lead of 26 points in the third quarter at 55-29.
Former champions USIU-A lost 44-51 to debutants Zetech University but won the first quarter 16-13 and the second 9-5 to lead 25-18 at halftime.
Zetech won the second half with scores of 11-9 in the third quarter and 22-10 in the fourth. Deedee Were top scored for Zetech with 13 points, Lucy Mbithe added 10 and Deborah Atieno finished with nine.
Melissa Akinyi scored 19 points for USIU-A who beat Co-operative Bank 59-51 on Saturday.
Saturday: Riara University 73 Emyba 81, KU Oryx 39 KPA 88, Co-op Bank 51 USIU- A 59, Thunder 71 KCA-U 59, Co-op Bank 71 Ulinzi Warriors 83, Equity Bank 61 KPA 86, Blazers 57 MKU Thika 60, Strathmore University 42 JKUAT 30, Daystar University 20 Kisumu Lady Bucks 0, Upperhill 86 Lakeside 34, Barclays Bank 49 Strathmore University 43.
Sunday: Strathmore University 40 KPA 80,USIU-A 44 Zetech University 51, Masaku Sparks 20 Kisumu Lady Bucks 0, Equity Bank 63 Eagle Wings 45, Lions 68 Umoja 72, KPA 62 Strathmore Blades 44.