Mutoro and Ochieng steer Ulinzi to merited win

By francis marangu
May 22, 2021
  • Coop Bank Joshua Kisali grabs a rebound against Strathmore University Blades. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Neville Odhiambo of USIU-A shields the ball from Equity Bank's Felix Omondi and Kevin Chege. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Centre Referee Joseph Amoko tips-off the match between USIU-A and Equity Bank. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Former champions Ulinzi Warriors maintained their unbeaten run in the Kenya Basketball Federation men’s Premier League with double wins over the weekend.

Eric Mutoro scored 27 points and William Ochieng added 25 as the soldiers dismissed Zetech University 76-63 on Sunday.

Ulinzi had to fight hard in the second half to win as the students forced a 36-36 tie at halftime. The soldiers won first quarter 19-15 and Zetech the second 21-17.

The, third quarter was tied 21-21 and it took the magic of a 19-6 win in the fourth quarter for Ulinzi to claim victory.

Faheem Juma scored 14 points for Zetech with Wycliffe Olanya and Benjamin Oneya adding 13 each.

On Saturday, Ulinzi beat Trailblazers 69-40 after leading 34-23 at halftime.

Trailblazers won the first quarter 14-12 but Ulinzi took the second 22-9, the third 22-8 and the fourth 13-9. Mutoro scored 12 points for Ulinzi and Alex Onguso scored 21 for Trailblazers.

Co-operative Bank kept up the chase on Ulinzi with a 77-68 win over Strathmore University Blades in overtime.

The match was tied 64-all in regulation time with the bankers winning 13-4 in overtime. Blades led 36-28 at halftime with a 20-10 win in the second quarter. Co-op Bank won the first quarter 18-16.

The bankers took a three-point lead with a 21-8 win in the third quarter but Blades leveled after winning 20-15 in the fourth.

Titus Musembi scored a game high 26 points for Co-op Bank as Joseph Ongoro scored 19 for Blades.

USIU-A upset champions KPA

The United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) won two matches as well including a 79-72 upset of champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).

The match was decided in overtime after a 62-62 tie in normal time with USIU-A winning 17-10 in added time.

The students won third quarter only with a big margin to make up for losses in three other quarters.

KPA led 32-19 at halftime after winning the opening quarters 16-11 and 16-8 respectively. USIU-A won the third quarter 31-13 and KPA the fourth 17-12.

Alex Ramazani scored 25 points for the students with Alvin Nyangweso contributing 22 points while Victor Ochieng top scored for KPA with 10 points.

KPA beat Umoja 71-54 on Sunday while USIU-A beat Equity Bank 61-58.

USIU-A led 34-22 at halftime after winning the first quarter 21-13 and the second 13-9. The third quarter was tied 14-14 with Equity winning the fourth 22-13.

Nyangweso scored 14 points for the students and Yoni Wanambiro added 13. Felix Omondi top-scored for Equity Bank with 20 points.

Lions registered their first win of the season after beating Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) 65-48.

Lions led 36-20 at halftime with a 19-13 win in the first quarter and 16-7 in the second. They won the third quarter 18-8 but KCA-U conquered in the fourth with a 20-12 score.

Dennis Opiyo top scored for Lions with 19 points while Felix Omondi scored 16 for KCA-U.

In the women’s Premier League, Equity Bank came from 30-32 down at halftime to beat Co-op Bank 61-55.

Hilda Indasi scored 20 points for Equity Bank while Irene Makori scored 18 for Co-op Bank.

KPA won 65-32 against USIU-A with Georgia Adhiambo scoring 13 points and Betty Kananu adding 12. Cylia Atieno scored eight points for USIU-A.

Susan Manya scored 13 points as Strathmore University beat Storms 48-34. Linet Mukiri top scored for Storms with nine points.


Saturday: Masaku Sparks 71 Gladiators 39, Strathmore University 48 Storms 34, KCA-U 48 Lions 65, Co-op Bank 77 Blades 68, Ulinzi Warriors 69 Trailblazers 40, USIU Tigers 79 KPA 72, ANU 53 JKUAT 42, Kenyatta University Pirates 78 Zetech University 62, Upper Hill 88 KAA 15, ANU 50 Terror 70.

Sunday: Masaku Sparks 48 ANU 35, ANU 43 Strathmore University 53, KCA-U 25 JKUAT 39, MKU Thika 57 Little Prince 63, KDF Morans 39 JKUAT 49, Equity Bank Hawks 61 Co-op Bank 55, USIU-A Flames 32 KPA 65, 4-Christ 57 EMYBA 55, USIU-A Tigers 61 Equity Bank 58, Umoja 54 KPA 71, Ulinzi Warriors 76 Zetech University 63.