Nakuru returns home winless after league games

By francis marangu
Apr 24, 2021
  • Storm Sylvia Omollo in action during their game against Coop Bank.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Nakuru Club had a bad outing in Nairobi losing their weekend games to Lions and Nairobi City Thunder.

On Saturday, they lost 56-78 to Lions who led 36-24 at halftime.

Victor Ochieng top scored for Lions with 30 points while Collins Rasmussen scored 15 for Nakuru and Evans Ochieng added 13.

They managed to hold off Thunder in the first half of their second game on Sunday but they eventually lost 78-87.

Nakuru showed great fighting spirit after trailing by 22 points in fourth quarter to end up losing by nine.

Matthew Garton who finished with a game high 32 points was the key player for Nakuru. They won first quarter 23-21 in what was a swinging scoreline.

Nakuru lost to Lions 

Kevin Chogo scored the first basket for Thunder and they went on to lead 8-1. James Okerio made a three-pointer with 5:56 on the clock that tied scores 8-8 after Nakuru went for a 7-0 scoring run.

Mohamed Osman gave Thunder the lead again with a basket and led until 2:26 on the clock when Garton tied 15-15 from a three-point play.

Hillary Kubai’s free shot gave Nakuru their first lead at 16-15 before Griffin Ligare fired a three-pointer for 18-16 to Thunder.

Okerio tied 18-18 with a basket and Nakuru led again 21-18 from a three-point play by Richard Mungai.

A three-pointer from Wafula Rodrigues made it 21-21 but Garton ensured Nakuru won the quarter with a basket.

In the opening exchanges of second quarter, Nakuru was competitive but allowed Thunder to open a 9-point lead going to halftime.

Bernet Ojay tied 23-23 with a basket for Thunder but Garton swung the lead back to Nakuru 25-23. When Ligare sunk a three-point shot for 26-25, Thunder began to dictate pace and they led 48-39 at halftime after winning second quarter 27-16.

It was all Thunder's ball to play in third quarter they won 25-15 after leading by 21 points at 62-41. They made it 22 points in fourth quarter at 76-54 but Nakuru won 24-14.

Ligare scored 22 points, grabbed two rebounds, three assists and five steals. Chogo finished with 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Robert Juma added 12.

Peter Shilton scored 18 points to help Blades beat Strathmore University 63-59. George Okoth and Fidel Okoth scored 12 points each and Emmanuel Soja added 11 for Blades.

Eagles beat Masaku 

Nelson Mandela nailed four three-pointers to top score for Strathmore with 20 points.

On Saturday, Strathmore beat Trailblazers 61-42 after leading 24-19 at halftime. Co-operative bank beat Storms 59-45 in women premier league after winning the first three quarters 14-11, 19-7 and 16-14.

Storms won the fourth 13-10 and had Ashley King make five free shots and two three-pointers to top score with 15 points. Belinda Okoth top scored for Co-op Bank with 17 points.

The bankers scored 15 points from the three-point line and eight from the free-throw line while Storms had nine from three-pointers and 10 from free shots.

Eagle Wings upset Masaku Sparks 51-47 with 15 points from Eunice Ouma and 13 from Lucy Machuma. Michelle Otinda top scored for Masaku with 15 points and Pamela Sinda added 10.

Weekend Results: Saturday- Riara University 49 Egerton University 46, EMYBA 66 World Hope 59, KCA-U 22 Egerton University 21, Eagle Wings 51 Masaku Sparks 47, Trailblazers 42 Strathmore University 61, Lions 78 Nakuru Club 56; Sunday- Co-op Bank 59 Storms 45, KDF Morans 46 Baraka Xtreme 52, 4-Christ 46 KAA 54, Don Bosco 49 Zetech University 74, Thunder 87 Nakuru Club 78, Strathmore University 59 Blades 63.