World Hope Basketball Club wants the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) men's Division II playoffs stopped. Already, the playoffs have reached the semifinals stage and are set to resume this weekend after the Christmas break. The club has sued KBF at the Sports Disputes Tribunal claiming they were wrongly omitted from the playoffs. They have until Friday to serve KBF and teams in the playoffs as interested parties. The dispute will be mentioned on January 17. In a sworn statement by team m... [read more]
World Hope Basketball Club wants the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) men's Division II playoffs stopped. Already, the playoffs have reached the semifinals stage and are set to resume this weekend after the Christmas break. The club has sued KBF at the Sports Disputes Tribunal claiming they were wrongly omitted from the playoffs. They have until Friday to serve KBF and teams in the playoffs as interested parties. The dispute will be mentioned on January 17. In a sworn statement by team manager Eric Kayere, the club is challenging two forfeited games that saw them miss the playoffs. In the statement, World Hope state they showed up at Upper Hill School for their game against MKU Thika on August 7, 2016 but were not allowed to play for non-payment of league fees. In the second game against Baraka Xtreme on May 22, the club claims they did not receive fixtures from the federation through e-mail thus were unaware of the planned fixture. They now want the playoffs fixtures and results set aside and the two fixtures rescheduled. Samuel Muthomi Gichunge, the lawyer representing World Hope said their initial attempts to have the matter resolved at the federation level were futile. 'We initially filed an appeal with KBF, paid the necessary fees and gave them 21 days to constitute a complaints and appeals committee but they did not do so,' he submitted. 'In our appeal, we had asked for the playoffs to be suspended until this matter is concluded but they proceeded.' The women's Premier League semifinal playoffs will also resume this weekend with United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) and Equity Bank playing from Saturday for five consecutive days. Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Co-operative Bank will play games three, four and five in Mombasa with KPA leading 2-0. Courtesy of: sportsnewsarena.com
KPA return favor to Ulinzi one year later - 1 month ago
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On Jamhuri Day when Kenya Defense Forces had a significant role to play, head coach Anthony Ojukwu steered Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to a crucial win over Ulinzi Warriors in the Kenya Basketball Federation men's Premier League playoffs. The win saw KPA eject the defending champions from the competition. The celebration at the end of game four on Monday night was a culmination of swift revenge over the soldiers. KPA returned the favour after Ulinzi eliminated them last season as the then... [read more]
On Jamhuri Day when Kenya Defense Forces had a significant role to play, head coach Anthony Ojukwu steered Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to a crucial win over Ulinzi Warriors in the Kenya Basketball Federation men's Premier League playoffs. The win saw KPA eject the defending champions from the competition. The celebration at the end of game four on Monday night was a culmination of swift revenge over the soldiers. KPA returned the favour after Ulinzi eliminated them last season as the then champions on their way to winning the title. They will play Co-operative Bank in the final to be played early January. Co-op Bank and KPA won games four at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium and the final will be a repeat of the 2013 match-up that Co-op Bank won 3-0. Against Nairobi City Thunder, the bankers came alive in the second half to win 68-53. The first half was a tight affair and no team could open a huge lead. The first quarter tied 13-13. Thunder started off by taking a 6-0 lead before Co-op Bank went for a 7-0 scoring run to lead 7-6. Thunder then led 8-7, Co-op Bank 9-8, Thunder 10-9, Co-op Bank 11-10 and Thunder 13-11. The bankers claimed the second quarter 19-15 to lead 32-28 at halftime. In the quarter, Co-op Bank led 17-15, 22-21 and 27-25 while Thunder led 15-13, 19-17 and 23-22. There were ties of 15-15, 17-17 and 25-25. In the third quarter, Co-op Bank went up for 10 points leading 46-36 and won 16-12. They stretched the lead to 15 points in the fourth quarter at 63-48 and won 20-13. James Mwangi led scoring for Co-op Bank with 16 points while Khaemba Situma, Job Byron and Titus Musembi (170-PG-85) scored 10 points each. Brian Busu had nine. Shem Otieno top scored for Thunder with 19 points, Griffin Ligare (174-G-85) scored 11 and Aleu Dhol had 10. In the second game, Ulinzi came down from 17 points in the second half to take the lead in the fourth quarter but eventually lost 72-76 to KPA. Martin Kitonga played a big game for KPA making sure the second chance balls counted. He scored six vital points in the closing moments when Ulinzi was threatening to run away with the game. KPA won the first quarter 21-10 with Ulinzi taking a 2-0 lead before KPA tied. The soldiers then went 5-2 up but the dockers replied with intent, going for a 14-0 scoring run to lead 16-5. KPA won the second quarter 17-15 and had a lead of 17 points at 29-12. Ulinzi seemed to have lost the fight, conceding from turnovers as KPA worked out their passes perfectly. KPA still maintained their momentum in the third quarter that tied 16-16. Ancette Wafula who missed game three on Sunday nailed crucial three-pointers that had Ulinzi back into contention. William Ochieng (200-F-85) did great work below the rim and with five minutes to play, they were trailing by three points at 57-60. Ulinzi then went one point down with 3:57 to play before Richard Osano sunk a three-pointer with 3:34 to tie 66-66. Evans Letting broke the tie with a free shot for KPA but Wafula gave Ulinzi the lead with two free shots for 68-67. Kitonga scored a basket to give KPA a 69-68 lead and was the main man in the closing 1:30, ensuring there was no game five. Courtesy of: sportsnewsarena.com
Ligare returns from injury to inspire Thunder - 1 month ago
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Star guard Griffin Ligare (174-G-85) returned from injury to inspire Nairobi City Thunder to a 76-66 win over Co-operative Bank on Sunday in game three of the Kenya Basketball Federation men's Premier League playoffs seminfianls. The bankers lead the series 2-1 with game four coming today (Monday). Ligare's right-hand injury limited his shooting prowess but was crucial in creating scoring opportunities for his team. His presence in the team had a positive impact after missing out game two. [read more]
Star guard Griffin Ligare (174-G-85) returned from injury to inspire Nairobi City Thunder to a 76-66 win over Co-operative Bank on Sunday in game three of the Kenya Basketball Federation men's Premier League playoffs seminfianls. The bankers lead the series 2-1 with game four coming today (Monday). Ligare's right-hand injury limited his shooting prowess but was crucial in creating scoring opportunities for his team. His presence in the team had a positive impact after missing out game two. Uncharacteristic of his play, Ligare made no attempts from the three-point line for the entire game but finished with 19 points to lead scoring for his team. Abel Nson, who finished with 13 points made key attempts from the three-point line scoring four. Ligare came to Thunder's rescue on several occasions defensively and had a standout block on Salim Ali inside the first quarter. Shem Otieno scored 12 points and Kevin Chogo had eight. For Co-op Bank, Allan Ouma scored the team's first two points from free shots and last eight from two three-pointers and two free shots to top score with 17. James Mwangi (198-PF-89) scored eight points in the first quarter to finish with 13 while Titus Musembi nailed two three-pointers in the second half to score 12. Thunder scored 24 points from the three-point line and 10 from free shots against 15 from three-pointers for Co-op Bank and 15 from free shots. From the onset, Thunder had come to play and win game three. They trailed by seven points in the first quarter as the bankers led 10-3. Thunder had led 2-0 and 3-2 before Co-op Bank took a 4-3 lead. There was a 2-2 tie. They managed to come back from seven points to lead 15-14 with a three-pointer from Nson. Co-op Bank then led 17-15 but a late three-pointer from Nelson Njau gave Thunder an 18-17 win in the quarter. The second quarter belonged to Thunder as they led for the longest period and won 20-17 to lead 38-34 at halftime. In the quarter, Co-op Bank started with a 19-18 lead before Nson tied 21-21 with a three-pointer. Ligare's basket gave Thunder a 23-21 lead but Titus Musembi made two free shots for 23-23 tie. Matthew Gurton, who had good rebounding for Thunder broke the tie with a layup for 25-23 and Job Byron tied 25-25. Shem Otieno made it 27-25 for Thunder and Byron tied again 27-27. Ligare made it 29-27 before Co-op Bank led 32-31 with a basket from Allan Ouma. Shem Otieno made a free shot that tied the game 34-34 and made another one that broke the tie 35-34 heading to the breather. Thunder controlled play in the second half winning the third quarter 21-13 after taking a 13-point lead at 55-42 while Co-op Bank won the fourth 19-17. In the second semifinal, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) won game three 62-53 to lead the series 2-1 with game four on Monday. KPA won first quarter 19-14 after opening up a 9-point lead of 14-5. Ulinzi led once at 2-0 before KPA took a 3-2 lead from a three-pointer by Victor Bosire. Ulinzi won the second quarter 15-11 but trailed 29-30 at halftime. With three minutes played, Erick Mutoro nailed a three-pointer for Ulinzi to tie 19-19. The soldiers were more dominant to go for a 9-0 scoring run and lead 23-19. KPA's substitutions nearly cost them the momentum as leading scorers Evans Letting and Bosire were benched giving Ulinzi the power to dominate. Head coach Anthony Ojukwu re-introduced the duo and KPA was back to normalcy. They came back to tie 26-26 with Tobias Onyango (182-G-80) scoring three points and Letting had two. William Ochieng (200-F-85) gave Ulinzi the lead 28-26 with a basket but Letting tied 28-28. Tobias Onyango then gave KPA a 30-29 lead. The third quarter was the game's turning point as Ulinzi allowed KPA to score freely and conceded turnovers easily. KPA won 21-13 and had stretched their lead to 19 points at 51-32. Thd fourth quarter tied 11-11 with both teams scoring 12 points from the three-point line. KPA made eight free shots against five for Ulinzi. Bosire scored four three-pointers to lead scoring with 15 points, Letting had 14 and Frank Omondi scored 11. Mutoro top scored for Ulinzi with 17 points. In men's Division I, Umoja qualified for next season's Premier League after seeing off Eldonets 3-1 in their semifinals series. They won game two 51-35 on Saturday and game three 77-58 on Sunday. In game three, Umoja won the first quarter 20-17, second quarter 17-11 and fourth quarter 26-16. The teams tied 14-14 in the third quarter. Kevin Sunguti scored four three-pointers to top score for Umoja with 28 points while James Omweno nailed five three-pointers to lead scoring for Eldonets with 21 points. In the final, Umoja will play Zetech University who beat Kenyatta University Pirates 3-0 with a 62-45 win in game three. Umoja and Zetech are returning to the Premier League. In Division II, Riara University and Zetech University will play game five on Monday after the series tied 2-2. Zetech won game three 68-59 on Saturday and Riara tied on Sunday winning game four 70-69. The second semi final is tied 1-1 after Nebulas Kakamega won game one 59-56 and Morans took home game two 75-72. Courtesy of: sportsnewsarena.com
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