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
Onyango wins fourth MVP award, KPA clinch men's Premier League - 1 month ago
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Tobias Onyango (182-G-80) clinched a record fourth Most Valuable Player (MVP) award as Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) beat Co-operative Bank in game four on Sunday to win the 2016 Kenya Basketball Federation men's Premier League title. In his career spanning 13 years, Onyango has won three more MVP awards with KCB Lions. 'I feel blessed. Most of the players my age have already retired but I can still run around and win,' he told Sports News Arena. In game four, KPA ran away with a 79-66 win... [read more]
Tobias Onyango (182-G-80) clinched a record fourth Most Valuable Player (MVP) award as Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) beat Co-operative Bank in game four on Sunday to win the 2016 Kenya Basketball Federation men's Premier League title. In his career spanning 13 years, Onyango has won three more MVP awards with KCB Lions. 'I feel blessed. Most of the players my age have already retired but I can still run around and win,' he told Sports News Arena. In game four, KPA ran away with a 79-66 win after Co-op Bank won game three 79-57 on Saturday to delay their coronation. Onyango top-scored with 18 points, Victor Bosire added 17 and Arou Chan had 15. James Mwangi (198-PF-89) scored 13 points for the bankers with Job Byron adding 12. The bankers were competitive in the first quarter but had to chase the game in the second half. They fell to a 12-point deficit as KPA led 43-31 in the second quarter but fought back to four points in the fourth quarter at 61-65. KPA were just too smart for the bankers as they held on to win. In the opening quarter, KPA won 25-22 after leading four times at 2-0 from Chan's basket, 5-2 from Chan's three-point play, 10-9 and 16-14. Co-op Bank led 9-8 with two ties of 2-2 and 14-14. The dockers continued to dominate in the second quarter with a 19-15 win after taking the 12-point lead. Co-op Bank won the third quarter 20-19 and KPA the fourth 16-9. The win justified head coach Anthony Ojukwu 's assertion that KPA would be the surprise package in the playoffs despite a poor regular season. They utilized the 'underdog' tag to their best. 'We have been the underdogs all along and winning today feels good,' Onyango remarked. Ojukwu said it's the winning mentality he imparts in his players that won after all. 'The urge to win has pushed us to the title. Any player who joins KPA has to play to win.' Courtesy of: sportsnewsarena.com
Umoja are 2016 Division 1 Champions in Kenya.In the Final series they overcame Zetech Titans 3-2. In Game 5 Umoja grabbed a 51-48 win at the Nyayo Gymnasium. The win means both teams will earn a place in the premier league in the 2017 season. Earlier Zetech University Titans won Game Four 80-68 to force a 2-2 tie with Umoja at the ongoing Kenya [read more]
Umoja are 2016 Division 1 Champions in Kenya.In the Final series they overcame Zetech Titans 3-2. In Game 5 Umoja grabbed a 51-48 win at the Nyayo Gymnasium. The win means both teams will earn a place in the premier league in the 2017 season. Earlier Zetech University Titans won Game Four 80-68 to force a 2-2 tie with Umoja at the ongoing Kenya
Battling bankers steal the show from visiting KPA sides - 1 month ago
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Kenya Ports Authority teams were beaten in their crucial men and women's Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League play-offs final Game Three matches by their respective hosts at Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium on Saturday. KPA men's team chances of recapturing the league championship in a clean sweep went up in smoke when red-hot hosts Co-op Bank defeated them hands down 79-57 in Game Three of the best-of-five series. The dock men had easily won Game One and Two in Mombasa and only nee... [read more]
Kenya Ports Authority teams were beaten in their crucial men and women's Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League play-offs final Game Three matches by their respective hosts at Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium on Saturday. KPA men's team chances of recapturing the league championship in a clean sweep went up in smoke when red-hot hosts Co-op Bank defeated them hands down 79-57 in Game Three of the best-of-five series. The dock men had easily won Game One and Two in Mombasa and only needed the third consecutive win to be declared the new Premier League champions. Game Four will be held today at Nyayo. Co-op Bank are already motivated and another victory in Game Four will lock the series 2-2. Co-op Bank, who train at the Nyayo court took KPA head-on through James Mwangi (198-PF-89), Job Bryron, Fred Odongo (196-F-78) to lead 19-12 in the first quarter. KPA head coach Anthony Ojukwu and Sammy Kiki opted to rotate players, a strategy which saw the coastal team threaten their hosts. Co-op Bank led 35-29 at half-time. Co-op Bank run riot with little known William Sharnupi, Job Bryron and Titus Musembi outscoring their opponents to built a 15 points difference at 45-33 in the third quarter. It was James Khaemba, Byron and Felix Odhiambo, who carried the day for Co-op Bank as they went 22 points clear at the final whistle. Felix Odhiambo scored 14 points, William Sharnupi hit 12 while James Mwangi and Job Byron each added 10 for the winners. Evans Leting was the only KPA players who scored in double figures with 10 points. Co-op Bank coach Carey Oketch said: "We are still one game down 2-1 and their is nothing to celebrate until we force a 2-2 tie tomorrow to throw the title wide open." "We had a bad day and played poorly in offense and defence making it difficult to win. We need to correct the mistakes to win Game Four to be declared champions," KPA head coach Anthony Ojukwu said. Equity Bank rallied from behind to deny KPA victory in the last one minute nine seconds left. KPA, who led 24-18 at the break, had Betty Kananu's three-pointer locking the exciting duel 52-52 in the last 26 seconds. International Hilda Indasi was fouled by Celine Okumu in the dying seconds. Indasi hit the two winning free-shots as Equity Bank players and fans broke in celebration with a 54-52 victory. Courtesy of: nation.co.ke
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