Shilton is Strathmore's toast against Lions

By francis marangu
Mar 27, 2017
  • Strathmore University Blades won their second match at the weekend. (SNA. File Photo)

Peter Shilton roared big with a game-high 37 points to help Strathmore Blades beat Lions Basketball Club 78-65 on Sunday and register their second straight win.

He successfully shot seven times at the three-point line for 21 points.

In the first quarter, Shilton scored 19 points as Strathmore Blades won 28-15 with a record five three-pointers.

Strathmore Blades led 45-32 at halftime after the second quarter tied 17-17.

The students maintained their lead in the third quarter with a 17-12 win before the  Lions won the fourth 21-16.

John Ocholla scored 24 points for Lions while Dennis Opiyo made three three-pointers to add 18 points.

In another game, United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) finally had the win after beating Trailblazers 84-68.

USIU-A are without dependable big-man Kevin Kigotho who joined Co-operative Bank and struggled only to come alive in the fourth quarter.

Critical points

Fredrick Onono came off the bench to inspire the students in a big way. Despite scoring six points only, the points were critical in helping a turnaround for USIU-A.

He sunk a three-point shot with the buzzer at the close of the third quarter to give USIU-A a deserved 58-57 lead going to the last quarter.

They had played second-fiddle to Trailblazers for a long period. His second three-pointer was a carbon-copy of the first one coming with the fulltime buzzer much to the delight of fans who had pressured for his fielding.

In the first quarter, USIU-A won 21-18 after taking the lead with few minutes to the whistle.

Trailblazers had opened up a 7-point lead of 13-6 but Alvin Nyangweso made a three-pointer for 14-13 to the students. He added another three-pointer and a second from Alex Ramazani for the comeback as they went 17-13.

Before that, Trailblazers had led 2-0, 4-2 and 6-4 with ties of 2-2 and 4-4. The second quarter was a contest enough as Trailblazers fought back their way to the lead.

With 4:03 on the clock, Chris Katimbwa made a basket to tie 30-30 and Brian Oyoo gave them the lead with a basket 3:30 to play. Trailblazers went on to claim the quarter 22-17.

USIU-A kept the chase

When play resumed, they went eight points clear leading 55-47 but USIU-A kept the chase until Onono brought in his magic and eventually won 20-17.

The fourth quarter was for USIU-A and they pressed hard to deny Trailblazers possession. They opened up a lead of 16 points at 81-65 which they held onto the final whistle.

Alex Ramazani top scored for USIU-A with 29 points while Alvin Nyangweso made 13 free shots to finish with 25 points. Katimbwa scored 15 points for Trailblazers, Present Orengo added 14 and Alex Oguso finished with 12.

USIU-A lost 66-74 to Co-op Bank on Saturday while Trailblazers beat KCA-U 76-72.

Other results of the weekend saw Nairobi City Thunder beat Equity Bank 78-65. University of Nairobi’s Terrorist was awarded a 20-0 walkover against Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) who failed to turn up for the men’s Division I game.

In the women’s Premier League, Eagle Wings beat Storms 54-51 while Equity Bank won 60-37 away to Western Delight.

In the women’s Division I, JKUAT won 42-36 against Gladiators and Strathmore University beat KCA-U 42-21.