The disqualification of Denis “Dikembe” Opiyo snuffed the fighting spirit fromLions Basketball Club who lost 52-102 to Ulinzi Warriors in the Kenya Basketball Federation men’s Premier League match played on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
This the season’s first century score and the exit of Opiyo, a senior player of the team dealt Lions a huge blow.
By the time he was given a technical foul and subsequent disqualification with 1:24 of the first quarter to play, Lions were already struggling.
He left when they were 0-18 down after Ulinzi had scored seven points each from Richard Osano and Hussein Mohamed.
With 38 seconds on the clock, Lions had their first points courtesy of two free shots by Khamis Tuasir after being fouled by Joseph Ngoshi.
Before the whistle to close the quarter went, Ngoshi conceded his second foul on Anthony Mbori who missed the two free shots.
Ulinzi won the quarter 18-2 and Opiyo will miss the next two games.
In the second quarter, Ulinzi won 30-12 after opening up a 34-point lead at halftime of 48-14. They went 45 points clear in the third quarter leading 68-23 and won 22-18.
In the fourth quarter, Ulinzi led for 52 points at 100-48 when Osano scored the record basket with less than two minutes on the clock.
Osano hit five three-pointers to top score for Ulinzi with 28 points while Eric Mutoro finished with 19.
William Ochieng led with eight rebounds ahead of John Washika with seven and Mohamed with six. Collins Muliro made six steals. For Lions, Bryan Ocholla top scored with 16 points.
Big win for Zetech University
Zetech University had a big win of 69-53 over United States International University- Africa (USIU-A).
They won the first quarter 17-15, taking a 5-0 lead from a three-pointer and a basket by William Okombo. They went for 10 points at 10-2 with Okombo adding a basket and Benjamin Oneya hitting a three-pointer.
Okombo finished the quarter with 10 points. Alex Ramazani forced a 17-17 tie 40 seconds into the second quarter with a basket for USIU-A.
Linus Kael gave Zetech the lead again but Alvin Nyangweso tied 19-19 for USIU-A. Derrick Juma gave USIU-A their first lead with a basket for 21-19.
Kael tied 21-21 for Zetech and USIU-A led again 25-23. Zetech led 23-21, 27-26 and 31-29 while there were ties of 23-23, 29-29 and 31-31 at halftime. USIU-A won the second quarter 16-14.
The third quarter was the main determinant as Zetech won 23-13. USIU-A led 33-31 from a basket by Nyangweso but Kael leveled with a basket.
Zetech then led 36-33 from a three-pointer by Jeremy Opiyo and went on to open a 10-point lead of 45-35. In the fourth quarter, they led by 14 points at 67-53 and won 15-9.
Adriel Madesa and Okombo scored 14 points each for Zetech, Jeremy Opiyo had 12, Kael scored 11 and Oneya finished with 10. Nyangweso scored 18 for USIU-A and Ramazani added 17.
USIU-A beat Nairobi City Thunder
On Saturday, USIU-A beat Nairobi City Thunder 67-58 with Nyangweso scoring 19 and Ramazani had 14. Nathan Terry top scored for Thunder with 15 points, Anthony Owuor scored 13 and Griffin Ligare had 12.
Co-operative Bank beat Umoja 77-40 with Titus Musembi scoring his last nine points from the three-point line for a personal tally of 25. Felix Odhiambo and Nick Ogol scored eight points each for Umoja.
Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) went for four games winless after going down 39-61 to Equity Bank.
KCA-U won the second quarter 14-11 but lost the first 2-15, the third 11-14 and the fourth 12-21.
Collins Odhiambo who has joined from Lions scored five free shots to top score for KCA-U with nine points same as David Auka. Alphonce Muchiri scored two three-pointers for six points while Kevin Chogo scored 17 points for Equity.
In another game, Strathmore Blades beat Trailblazers 64-55.
Saturday: EMYBA 65 Neosasa Morans 44, Terror 58 World Hope 73, Gladiators 22 Strathmore University 54, Riara University 62 Blazers 75, KCA-U 35 Footprints 60, Trailblazers 55 Blades 64, USIU-A 67 Thunder 58.
Sunday: Umoja 40 Co-op Bank 77, Equity Bank 61 KCA-U 39, USIU-A 53 Zetech University 69, Ulinzi Warriors 102 Lions 52.