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Equity Bank smother Co-Op Bank Spartans - Sep 5, 2016


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Betty Mjomba
The Co-op Bank Spartans were dealt a harsh reality check on Sunday, going down 78-64 to a sturdy Equity Bank. Veteran forward Vincent Onsongo led the charge for Equity with 28 points on a day everything was falling for him. After going trailing 13-15 at the end of the first quarter Equity Bank stepped up the gear on Spartans, and led 37-32 at the end of the second quarter. In the third quarter everything was firing for Equity offensively, starting with Edwin Nyakinda's trey, he busted out of his prolonged shooting slump and once it got going for Equity, the Spartans could do nothing to stop it. They didn't have a great defense to fall back on. They couldn't get stops on demand. Though the Spartans were competitive in spurts, they weren't nearly enough to come back in the game, in the third quarter Equity weaved around Spartans defense led by Fred Lugasi (F), Brian Obimbo and Frank Manyala at will. Equity flirted with a devastating collapse at the start of the fourth quarter blowing a 13-point lead before pulling out a crucial win. Fred and Brian scored 13 points each and Ian Wachie added 10 points for Equity. Titus Musembi (170-PG-85) came off the bench to score 15 points, Job Byron had 11 points and James Mwangi 10 points for the Spartans.
Ulinzi Warriors came back blazing on the second day with a 87-52 win over KCA-University Ninjas. Erick Mutoro once again led the way for Ulinzi with 31 points and William Ochieng added 15 points. When the Co-op Bank Kingdom Queens beat the Equity Bank Hawks in a close game on April 28, it cast a doubt on Hawks title chase this season. But in fortuitous fashion, the Hawks got their chance to avenge the loss, and came out with a point to prove in Sunday's 59-39 victory. Equity started the game with the aggressiveness of Samba Mjomba, Linda Mfuchi, Esther Butali, Susan Akinyi and Evelyne Nora. After cruising 17-5 in the first quarter the second quarter was extremely tight as both teams scored 11 points. In the third quarter Hawks got off to a good start on the shoulders of Mercy Wanyama, who scored six points. The Hawks led by as many as twenty three during the quarter and took a 45-24 lead. Co-op Bank came to life in the fourth but it was too little too late. Riara University Bucks had to use every trick in the book to beat Emyba 48-46 in a close game. Everything started slowly for Emyba and it took them three quarters to get back to full power. Emyba stormed back from the deficit in the third quarter but they could not sink crucial free throws late in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. Baraka Xtreme got the best of Blazers thanks to Ken Githinji's hot hand, he scored 23 points as he led Baraka to a 69-58 victory.
Courtesy of: basketball254.com   




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