KBF playoff teams to be decided next weekend

By francis marangu
Sep 29, 2021

The teams to participate in the 2013 Kenya Basketball Federation league playoffs will be known next weekend when the last round of matches will take place at Upperhill School and Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.

Most of the teams have only a single match remaining and already booked their playoffs spot. However, official confirmation will be done after all matches have been played.

There will be no league matches on the weekend of October 12-13 as clubs are expected to grace the annual Tony Munyama Memorial Cup tournament to be staged at the Railways Club.

The playoffs are set to coincide with the FIBA organized Champions Cup for Women in Morocco to be held November.

Eagle Wings and United States International University- Africa, USIU-A, will be representing the country. USIU-A men side reaped big from the weekend action winning two of their matches to recover from an earlier false start.

The students had lost key matches in first leg and forfeited one which had threatened their chances of a powerful finish. But with the weekend wins, they now stand a chance of finishing in a good position.

After their 83-80 win over Lions on Saturday, the David Maina side displayed similar effort to down Strathmore University 66-63 on Sunday.

USIU-A led 33-20 at halftime and credit went to Strathmore who struggled to cut the deficit and even took a one point lead temporarily midway the fourth quarter.

Both teams suffered in the homestretch after Christian Mulumba for USIU and Geoffrey Oteki for Strathmore were fouled out on five fouls each.

The lead changed hands time to time in the fourth quarter but USIU had a superior final kick.

Maxiumum points for Co-op, Ulinzi

Kevin Macharia top scored for USIU with 18 points as Victor Bosire added 17. Strathmore's top scorer was Samuel Odera with 22 points.

Ulinzi Warriors, Saturday’s 61-60 winners over Strathmore, earned a 20-0 walkover after Mennonite failed to show up.

Defending champions Co-operative Bank beat Nairobi Aviation College by 20 points in their 58-38 win. James Mwangi top scored for the bankers with 12 points while Job Byron had 13 for Aviation.

The first two quarters exchanged loyalty with Co-op Bank winning the first 15-4 and Aviation the second 16-13. With an eight point advantage, the bankers came out strongly in the second half winning the third and fourth quarters 11-9 and 19-9 respectively.

USIU-A scored 70-30 against Western Delight in the only women premier match played Sunday. Cynthia Irankunda was USIUs top scorer with 13 while Scarlet Uyamunda had 10 points for Delight. All quarters went USIUs way 15-9, 10-2, 15-8 and 30-11 in that order.

Collated Results: USIU Flames 70 Western Delight 30, Little Prince 53 Umoja 69, World Hope 41 Equity Bank 77, Ulinzi 20 Mennonite 0 (w/o), Co-op Bank 58 Nairobi Aviation College 38, USIU Tigers 66 Strathmore University 63.