Oryx extinguish Masaku Sparks

By francis marangu
Oct 09, 2016
  • Masaku Sparks' Lynet Atieno shields the ball against Kenyatta University Oryx Rose Mshila in a match which the students won 52-44. This was their second win of the league. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenyatta University Oryx recorded their second win of the season in the KenyaBasketball Federation, women’s Premier League on Sunday with a 52-44 score over Masaku Sparks.

Their other only win was over Western Delight.

On Sunday, Oryx played with eight players while Masaku had six. Masaku led 27-24 at halftime after a strong 18-6 win in the second quarter while Oryx won the first 18-9. The students claimed the third quarter 9-6 and finished off strongly winning the fourth 19-11.

Masaku scored their first 18 points of the game from the three-point line and finished with 24 from the arc. Brenda Wangui top scored for Oryx with 16 points, Beryl Okoth added 12 and Rachael Wandago had 10.

Lynette Atieno made three three-pointers to top score for Masaku with 18 points while Hilda Ndegwa made five three-pointers and a free shot to finish with 16 points. Oryx scored nine points from the arc and seven from the free-throw line with Masaku scoring 24 from the arc and six from free shots.

In another match, Strathmore University beat Western Delight 55-17 with quarterly scores of 17-5, 15-1, 10-6 and 13-5 respectively.

Vivian Saina scored 18 points for Strathmore and Susan Manya added 12. For Western Delight, Carol Akinyi led scoring with five points, Euphresia Kageha, Hilavi Ayodi and Catherine Akinyi scored three each, Judith Akinyi scored two and Sandra Kiprono had one.

Western Delight scored 11 of their points from the free-throw line.

On Saturday, Western Delight lost 42-55 to Co-operative Bank with Catherine Akinyi scoring 10 points and Ayodi had nine. Irene Makori top scored for the bankers with 10 points.

Western Delight won first quarter 10-4 and Co-op Bank the second 17-9. Third quarter was a 9-9 tie and the fourth went to the bankers 25-14.

Dominant Co-op Bank

In the men’s Premier League, Co-op Bank opened up a 39-point lead of 64-25 inside the fourth quarter to beat Trailblazers 66-29.

Trailblazers led for only once in the first quarter at 2-0 with a 2-2 tie as the bankers dominated for the remainder of the period. Co-op Bank won all quarters 16-10, 10-7, 19-6 and 21-6 respectively.

Job Byron scored 12 points for the bankers and James Mwangi added nine. Lenson Kisia top scored for Trailblazers with eight points and Alex Oguso added seven.

Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) wasted easy scoring opportunities in the first half and gave up the fight late in the fourth quarter to lose 49-63 to Nairobi City Thunder.

The students managed to hold favorites Thunder for a long period but could not handle the pressure when it mattered most. KCA-U led once in the first quarter and opened a five-point lead at 9-4 but Thunder won 20-14. Thunder led 2-0, 4-2 and 10-9 with ties of 2-2 and 4-4.

The second quarter ended in a 7-7 stalemate as Thunder stayed in good control going to halftime. With four minutes to play in the third quarter, KCA-U took the lead at 36-35 from a basket by Lawrence Wandera and maintained the lead to the end of the quarter at 41-38.

Aleu Dhol scored a basket that gave Thunder the lead 42-41 a minute into the fourth quarter but David Omondi turned it for KCA-U with a basket. Dhol then sunk two free shots as Thunder took the lead 44-43 and they controlled play to the end.

Griffin Ligare scored 19 points for Thunder and Kevin Chogo finished with 14. Alphonce Muchiri scored 12 for KCA-U and Brian Ondari added 11. Strathmore University earned a 20-0 walkover win over Nakuru Club who showed up late.

Weekend results

Saturday: Blazers 59 Egerton University 48, Strathmore University 20 Eldonets 0, Co-op Bank 55 Western Delight 42, KDF Morans 57 Egerton University 66; Sunday: Trailblazers 29 Co-op Bank 66, Strathmore University 20 Nakuru Club 0, Zetech University 52 MKU Thika 59, KU Oryx 52 Masaku Sparks 44, Strathmore University 55 Western Delight 17, Thunder 63 KCA-U 49.