Thunder strikes blunt Blades

By francis marangu
Oct 02, 2016
  • Strathmore University Blades Shilton Ochieng in a previous match as the students complicated their qualification for the play-off after losing twice at the weekend. (SNA. File Photo)

Strathmore University Blades suffered their fourth straight loss in the men’s Premier League on Sunday to complicate their title push.

After earlier losses to Equity Bank and Ulinzi Warriors both in overtime, Blades came to this weekend hoping to get maximum points from their two games. But ended losing both. The losses complicated the arithmetics for coach Tony Ochieng ahead of the playoffs.

On Saturday, Blades went down 58-66 to Nairobi City Thunder. Peter Shilton top-scored for Blades with 13 points while Griffin Ligare scored 15 for Thunder.

On Sunday, a fighting Blades lost 45-53 to Co-operative Bank. The bankers led 22-20 at halftime after winning the first quarter 15-4. Co-op Bank set the quarter rolling with a 6-0 run.

Blades returned the favour in the second quarter with a 16-7 win. With five minutes played, they had gone for an 11-0 scoring run to tie scores 15-15. Shilton scored six points, Joseph Ongoro had three and Samuel Mogoko scored two to bring the teams level.

Brian Busu made a free shot to break the tie for Co-op Bank as they held onto the breather.

George Okoth fired a three-pointer with the first touch of the third quarter to give Blades their first lead of the game at 23-22. Felix Odhiambo made two free shots for the bankers to tie 23-23.

Odhiambo then added a basket as they led 25-23. Pascal Nabwana leveled for Blades 25-25 with two free shots. But, Joseph Khaemba gave Co-op Bank the lead with a basket.

Nabwana tied again 27-27 with a basket then Fredrick Odongo sunk a three-pointer for Co-op Bank to go 30-27. Nabwana tied 30-30 with a basket and Odhiambo took Co-op Bank 32-30 up with a basket.

Co-op Bank controlled play to end

The bankers won the third quarter 14-13 with the close contest spilling over to the fourth quarter. Blades led 37-36 from a basket by Shiton before Job Byron put Co-op Bank up 38-37 and they controlled play to the end.

Co-op Bank won fourth quarter 17-12 with Byron scoring 16 points and Odhiambo adding 13. Shilton finished with 14 points for Blades.

In the women’s Premier League, Kenyatta University Oryx lost twice. They were beaten 44-43 by Storms and 66-26 by Equity Bank.

Against Equity, they led once in the first quarter 6-5 and tied 8-8. Equity won the first quarter 17-8, the second tied 9-9 with Equity winning the third and fourth quarters 22-4 and 18-6 respectively.

Hilda Indasi had a game high 19 points for Equity while Brenda Wangui scored eight for Oryx.

Co-op Bank was awarded a 20-0 walkover against Masaku Sparks on Saturday.

In the lower divisions, KU Pirates beat Barclays Bank 65-50, USIU Marines beat Blazers 51-50, Riara University won 48-31 over Baraka Xtreme and Terror beat Lakeside 66-46.

Daystar University beat Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) 64-39 in the women's division one.

Weekend results

Saturday: Umoja 58 JKUAT 53, KAA 53 Lakeside 36, KU Oryx 43 Storms 44, Co-op Bank 20 Masaku Sparks 0, Zetech University 55 ANU 39, Thunder 66 Blades 58.

Sunday: KCA-U 39 Daystar University 64, Riara University 48 Baraka Xtreme 31, Co-op Bank 53 Blades 45, KU Pirates 65 Barclays Bank 50, Blazers 50 USIU Marines 51, Terror 66 Lakeside 46, KU Oryx 27 Equity Bank 66.