Hard-fighting KCA-U win KBF Division One title

By francis marangu
Dec 21, 2021
  • Ulinzi Warriors who won the men's Premier League title will be joined by KCA University, winners of the Division One title. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) won the Kenya Basketball Federation’s Division One league title on Sunday after beating Upper Hill School 3-2 in the best-of-five playoffs final at Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani.

A close 64-60 win in game five handed KCA-U the win and Sh150, 000 in cash prize while Upper Hill took home Sh100, 000. Bobby Onyango of KCA-U was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) which also had a Sh10, 000 cash prize.

KCA-U had tied the series on Saturday winning game four 63-59 after trailing 1-2.

Head coach Charles Goro appreciated the quality of their opponents who pushed the series to the wire. “Despite being young, they have been to the East and Central Africa school games thus they are a good side,” he observed.

In the game, KCA-U trailed for the whole period only to take the lead with seconds remaining on the clock and won.

“Looking at most of our games this season, we have been coming back and winning in many cases. It shows that we have depth and technical ability to compete in the Premier League next year. I will have to make few reinforcements in positions that we have been weak,” Goro noted.

Upper Hill took an early 6-0 lead in first quarter and stretched to 13 points at 25-12 winning the quarter 25-14. Their biggest lead in second quarter was 10 points at 31-21 but KCA-U won 11-8.

Leading 33-25 at halftime, Upper Hill maintained their 10 points lead in third quarter for some time but lost 18-21 to lead 51-46.

Resilient KCA

KCA-U fought back with resilience in the fourth quarter to make it a one-point game at 59-58 with two minutes to play. George Obumbo stole the show scoring two free shots with 1:43 to play and tie the scores 60-60. Obumbo then made a basket with 31 seconds remaining to give KCA-U their first lead in the game.

Bobby Onyango then scored two free shots after being fouled by Ken Duale to finish off the spectacular comeback with a 18-4 win in fourth quarter. Onyango top scored for KCA-U with 22 points while David Ouma scored 18 for Upper Hill, Isaiah Ater added 16 and Riny Riny had 11.

Trailblazers finished third position after beating Barclays Bank 48-40. Alex Oguso and Ishmael Nyamache scored 13 points each for Trailblazers while Frankline Delano top-scored for Barclays with 18 points.

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) finished third in the men's Premier League with a 20-0 walkover win over Nairobi City Thunder who did not honor the game. They risk sanctions from the federation.

Fixtures secretary Joseph Amoko said; “We will take stern action against them for not showing up. We have written to them because they must give us reasons.”

KPA head coach Anthony Ojukwu is happy with the third place despite his star-studded team not giving their best. “It is not just about having the best players because failure is always a possibility. We had many challenges like having most of the players in Nairobi which we must sit down with the management and sort out before next season,” he explained.

“We lost the title in Mombasa when we failed to capitalize on home advantage and allowed Ulinzi to win two games.”