Top teams in action second leg starts

By francis marangu
Jul 15, 2016
  • Ulinzi is one of the top teams in action this weekend when the second leg of KBF leagues start.

All but one of the top teams in the Kenya Basketball Federation league will be in action as the second leg begins this weekend.

The immediate push will be towards qualifying for the playoffs. The first leg in the men and women's  Premier Leagues as well as women's division one, men's division one and two were competitive .

At the end of the first leg, there was little that divided all tthe six teams in the men’s Premier League.

Ulinzi Warriors and Co-operative Bank are joint top on 20 points while Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), United States International University- Africa (USIU-A), Blades and Nairobi City Thunder have 18 points each.

This weekend, they are all in action except KPA. Co-op Bank will take on USIU-A on Saturday. The bankers won first leg in overtime.

Equity Bank was one of the four teams that beat Thunder in first leg and they meet again on Saturday. Blades will tackle Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) who are on 14 points.

KCA-U had narrow or late losses in first leg but head coach Charles Goro says it was a learning process for the debutants. He is planning to register more wins in second leg and admitted his players took long to gel in first leg.

Trailblazers, the other debutant will play Strathmore University on Sunday. They have also been impressive in the first leg despite getting only two wins.

One of the wins was against USIU-A and they managed to push Co-operative Bank to overtime last weekend.

Ulinzi Warriors beat Lions by half a basket in first leg and they are meeting this weekend again. Lions has 13 points with their tally affected by one forfeited game.

Bottom of the log

In the women’s Premier League, Strathmore University and Storms will play their final first leg game on Sunday. Storms are bottom of the log with eight points and forfeited their away game against Western Delight.

For Strathmore, they will record their best first leg finish in recent times if they win and push their tally to 16 points. A win will put them joint second with USIU-A and two points shy of leaders KPA.

The biggest game of the weekend will be Equity Bank against USIU-A on Sunday. The return game comes too early just two weeks after Equity beat USIU-A 77-53.

The students will play their first game of the weekend on Saturday against Masaku Sparks. Co-op Bank will tackle Eagle Wings on Saturday keen to avenge their first leg loss to the Eagles.

Zetech University will be pushing to maintain their unbeaten record in women’s Division I. They collected maximum 16 points in first leg and will play away to Eldonets this weekend.

In other games, Strathmore University who are on 12 points play KCA-U who are on eight while Daystar University also on 12 points play Gladiators who have 11 points.

Zetech, Daystar, Gladiators and Strathmore will be leading the push to get promotion to the Premier League. Zetech University is also on the run to return to the Premier League action in men’s Division I.

They play their last first leg game this weekend against Lakeside then kickstart the second leg against Eldonets. If they beat Lakeside, Zetech will finish top on 21 points.

Zetech, Barclays Bank (20 points), Upper Hill (19) and Umoja (19) are the top teams to lead the promotion push.

Blazers lead men’s Division II with 22 points while MKU Thika (19), KDF Morans (19) and Riara University (18) are among the top challengers for promotion.

KBF Weekend Fixtures

Saturday: USIU Marines vs MKU Thika (9 a.m., Upper Hill), Baraka Xtreme vs Don Bosco (10:30), KCA-U vs Strathmore University (12 p.m.), Barclays Bank vs ANU (2 p.m.), Terror vs KAA (4 p.m.), Umoja vs 4-Christ (9 a.m., Nyayo gymnasium), Co-op Bank vs Eagle Wings (10:30), USIU-A vs Masaku Sparks (12 p.m.), Blades vs KCA-U (1:30), Thunder vs Equity Bank (3 p.m.), Co-op Bank vs USIU Tigers (4:30), Egerton University vs Zetech University (10 a.m., Menengai High School), Eldonets Ladies vs Zetech University (2 p.m., UG), Eldonets Men vs Zetech University (3:30).

Sunday: Riara University vs KDF Morans (9 a.m., Upper Hill), World Hope vs Little Prince (10:30), EMYBA vs USIU Marines (12 p.m.), KAA vs ANU (2 p.m.), JKUAT vs Upper Hill (4 p.m.), Don Bosco vs Blazers (9 a.m., Nyayo gymnasium), Gladiators vs Daystar University (10:30), Storms vs Strathmore University (12 p.m.), USIU Flames vs Equity Bank (1:30), Strathmore University vs Trailblazers (3 p.m.), Lions vs Ulinzi Warriors (4:30), Kisumu Lady Bucks vs Zetech University (9 a.m., KSG), Lakeside vs Zetech University (10:30), Nebulas vs Zetech University (3 p.m.).