Zetech University, the newest team in the Kenya Basketball Federation women’s Premier League had a reality check over the weekend in their 38-50 loss to Strathmore University.
Coming to the game, Zetech had gone for over a year without a loss in a competitive game.
To earn promotion, they won the division II title last year with an unbeaten record in both regular season and playoffs.
They extended the run with victories in the first two matches of the season beating Kenyatta University and United States International University- Africa (USIU-A).
That record came tumbling on Sunday as Strathmore led 27-23 at halftime but both teams shared two quarters each.
Strathmore won the first quarter 17-7 and the third 13-4 while Zetech won the second 16-10 and the fourth 11-10. Susan Manya led scoring for Strathmore with 16 points while Linda Kimemia scored 14 for Zetech.
In the corresponding fixture of the men’s Premier League, Strathmore Blades won 68-60 over Zetech University after leading 30-27 at halftime.
Zetech won the first quarter 17-13 before Blades claimed the second quarter 17-10, the third 15-11 and the fourth 23-22.
Peter Shilton scored 14 points for Blades and Fidel Okoth added 10. For Zetech, Jeremy Opiyo led scoring with a game high 19 points as Christopher Oluk added 14.
Ulinzi beat Umoja
Ulinzi Warriors and Co-operative Bank were on the winning side as well. Ulinzi beat Umoja 68-51 after establishing a 36-23 halftime lead.
Eric Mutoro, who joined Ulinzi from Umoja scored 23 points to inflict a second straight loss to his former team.
On the opposite end, Michael Munene scored 12 points for Umoja who won the second quarter 12-10. Ulinzi won the first quarter 16-11 and the third 17-13. The fourth was tied 15-15.
Co-op Bank won 50-37 against Equity Bank with Kevin Kigotho scoring 10 points and Fidel Muga adding seven.
Kevin Chogo top-cored for Equity with 12 points and Frank Manyala added eight.
In another match, Lions' winless run continued with a 24-45 loss to Trailblazers.
In Division I, Nakuru Club beat Kenyatta University Pirates 53-41 with James Okerio scoring 14 points. Bramwel Muchina scored 12 points for Pirates who won the second quarter 12-8 and the fourth 15-9. Nakuru won the first 12-7 and the third 14-7.
Zetech rally to beat World Hope
A half basket and one quarter were enough for Zetech University to win it against World Hope 60-59 having trailed 23-30 at halftime.
World Hope claimed the first two quarters 20-14 and 10-9 but Zetech pulled out a 28-15 win in the third to turn around the scores despite losing the fourth 9-14.
Ian Muindu scored 20 points for Zetech with Vincent Masibo scoring 18 for World Hope.
In other results, Blazers beat 4-Christ 60-47, EMYBA won 40-35 against Little Prince and Barclays Bank beat Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) 69-34.
In the only match of the women's Division I, Footprints beat Masaku Sparks 57-54. Masaku won the first quarter 12-6 and the third 19-6 as Footprints won the second 20-7 and the fourth 23-16.
Sylvia Koech scored 12 points for Masaku and Adelyne Munguti had 16 for Footprints.
Saturday: 4-Christ 47 Blazers 60, EMYBA 40 Little Prince 35, KAA 34 Barclays Bank 69, Lions 24 Trailblazers 45, Co-op Bank 50 Equity Bank 37, Masaku Sparks 54 Footprints 57, Zetech University 60 World Hope 59.
Sunday: Kenyatta University Pirates 41 Nakuru Club 53, Strathmore Swords 50 Zetech University 38, Strathmore Blades 68 Zetech University 60, Ulinzi Warriors 68 Umoja 51.