Equity end long wait to beat Co-op Bank

By francis marangu
Sep 04, 2021
  • Equity Bank's Everlyne Nora in action against Storms. They inspired the men's team to a win over Co-Op Bank. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Ulinzi's Erick Mutoro in action against KCA-University. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Equity Bank bagged maximum points and earned bragging rights from the weekend's “banks derby” after beating Co-operative Bank in both men’s and women’s Kenya Basketball Federation Premier Leagues.

The sweetest win was in the men’s league where Equity finally got the victory against their seniors after a long wait.

In this game, the first half was well balanced but Equity completely dominated the second half to win  78-64. Equity led 37-32 at the breather.

It was Co-op Bank who won the first quarter 15-13 after leading twice at 7-6 and 13-11. Equity enjoyed the lead only once at 4-0 with two ties of 11-11 and 13-13.

Equity bounced back in the second quarter to win 24-17 leading for four times at 18-17, 23-21, 26-23 and 33-32. Co-op Bank led 17-15, 19-18 and 27-26 with ties of 15-15, 23-23 and 32-32.

With 30 seconds of the third quarter played, Edwin Nyakinda sunk a three-pointer to give Equity an eight-point lead at 40-32.

From this point, Equity played with purpose and frustrated Co-op Bank on the ball. They did not allow them to make too many breaks and forced turnovers. They pushed the tempo high and effective rebounding worked to their advantage.

Equity opened up a 13-point lead of 58-45 at the close of the quarter that they won 21-13. A 20-19 win in the fourth quarter was enough to assure Equity of the victory.

“We had a gameplan and we knew we had to execute it to win,” head coach Clay Abumalik explained Equity’s good show in the second half.

Vincent Onsongo top scored for Equity with 26 points while Titus Musembi scored 15 for Co-op Bank and Job Byron added 13. Equity scored 21 points from the three-point line and made nine free shots against four three-pointers and eight free shots for Co-op Bank.

Mutoro leads Ulinzi Warriors

In another game, Eric Mutoro scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 31 and lead Ulinzi Warriors to a 87-52 win over Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U).

The second loss of the weekend for KCA-U complicates their arithmetic as the season nears a close. George Obumbo scored 14 points for KCA-U who led only once 4-3 in the first quarter.

Ulinzi won all quarters 24-12, 18-10, 18-15 and 27-14 respectively. The soldiers made four three-pointers and scored 21 free shots while KCA-U had three successful shots from the arc and four free shots.

In the women’s Premier League, Equity dominated Co-op Bank right from first quarter when they assumed a 4-3 lead.

They opened a 12-point lead at 17-5 as the quarter wound up. Co-op Bank had led twice at 1-0 and 3-2 before falling off the pace.

In the second quarter, Equity had a lead of 15 points at 20-5 and it ended in a 11-11 tie as they led 28-16 at the breather.

They won the third quarter 17-8 after stretching the lead to 21 points at 45-24. Co-op Bank claimed the fourth 15-14 but Equity had the biggest lead of 25 points at 59-34.

Susan Akinyi scored 16 points for Equity with Hilda Indasi and Samba Mjomba scoring 10 each. Evelyne Itabu and Miyabi Misou scored 10 points each for Co-op Bank.

Lower division

In the lower division, Trailblazers suffered their second loss of the weekend going down 58-69 to Baraka Xtreme.

Ken Githinji scored 23 points for Baraka, Amos Wachira added 15 and Howard Juma finished with 14. Joe Koech was the top scorer for Blazers with 16 points.

Riara University won it late against EMYBA with a 48-46 score.Trevor Otieno scored 15 points for Riara and Ken Maru had 12 for EMYBA with Emmanuel Ekai adding 11.

Sunday Results: Co-op Bank Ladies 39 Equity Bank Ladies 59, Riara University 48 EMYBA 46, Baraka Xtreme 69 Blazers 58, Ulinzi Warriors 87 KCA-U 52, Equity Bank 78 Co-op Bank 64, Gladiators 72 Eldonets 59.