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
Victor Odendo (189-G/F-80), the Kenya Basketball Federation men's Premier League most valuable player in 2015 made his debut for Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) over the weekend in Nairobi. He made a surprise move from the military side to KPA in the biggest transfer of the season. Apart from Odendo, the dockers have added Victor Ochieng from Lions to their stable for the new season. Odendo scored 12 points on Saturday as KPA beat Equity Bank 86-61. In that game, Victor Bosire and Evans Letti... [read more]
Victor Odendo (189-G/F-80), the Kenya Basketball Federation men's Premier League most valuable player in 2015 made his debut for Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) over the weekend in Nairobi. He made a surprise move from the military side to KPA in the biggest transfer of the season. Apart from Odendo, the dockers have added Victor Ochieng from Lions to their stable for the new season. Odendo scored 12 points on Saturday as KPA beat Equity Bank 86-61. In that game, Victor Bosire and Evans Letting top-scored with 16 points each as Bosire hit four three-pointers. Kevin Chogo scored 16 points for Equity as Vincent Onsogo added 11. Equity won the first quarter 22-18 but KPA won the second 22-9, the third 23-14 and the fourth 23-16. On Sunday, Odendo lined up again for KPA as they beat Strathmore Blades 62-44. League returnees Umoja inflicted the third loss to Lions by winning 72-68 in overtime. The game tied 61-61 after four quarters with Umoja winning 11-7 in added time. Umoja opened up a seven-point lead of 16-9 to win the first quarter 17-16. Lions then led 29-28 at halftime after winning the second quarter 13-11. In the quarter, the contest was very close with Lions leading 18-17 and 21-19 while Umoja led 19-18 and 26-24. There were ties of 24-24 and 26-26. Lions led for 10 points in the third quarter at 38-28 but the final score tied 11-11. Lions maintained their slim lead going to the fourth quarter at 40-39. Umoja started the fourth quarter by forcing a 41-41 tie but Lions had the lead for the longest period in the entire quarter. Umoja led 43-41 and 45-44 with Lions leading 44-43, 46-45 and 52-50. There was a 50-50 tie. With three seconds to play, Michael Munene who came off the bench fired a three-pointer that denied Lions the win for the tie to force overtime play. In added time, Lions had an early edge taking a five-point lead from a three-pointer by Khamis Tuasir and a free shot each from Antony Mbori and Amos Wachira. Nick Ogol made two free shots and another free shot from Kevin Sunguti as Umoja cut the lead to two points. With 1:16 on the clock, Gilbert Obiero sunk a three-pointer as Umoja led 67-66. John Achola returned the favour for Lions with a basket. But, Kennedy Njoroge (175-G-80) made a three-point shot for Umoja with a minute on the clock to kill off Lions. Martin Okwako then added two free shots that sealed the win for Umoja. Ogol top scored with 16 points and Obiero added 14. Brian Ocholla scored highest for Lions with 19 points while Dennis Opiyo added 18. Courtesy of: sportsnewsarena.com
Kenya men routed 86-47 by Egypt - relegated to caliber of Somalia - 1 month ago
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Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi now the countries challenging Egypt for top honours in Fiba Zone 5 African basketball. KENYA men were bundled out of the Zone 5 AfroBasket 2017 qualifiers in Cairo on Wednesday evening, their severe 86-47 rout by home team Egypt underlining the very low standards of the Kenyan sport. The team thus lost all their Group 'A' matches of the championships; earlier defeats being an emphatic 76-60 by Rwanda and a shocking 66-68 loss to South Sudan who were playing their f... [read more]
Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi now the countries challenging Egypt for top honours in Fiba Zone 5 African basketball. KENYA men were bundled out of the Zone 5 AfroBasket 2017 qualifiers in Cairo on Wednesday evening, their severe 86-47 rout by home team Egypt underlining the very low standards of the Kenyan sport. The team thus lost all their Group 'A' matches of the championships; earlier defeats being an emphatic 76-60 by Rwanda and a shocking 66-68 loss to South Sudan who were playing their first international tournament. Kenya have now been relegated to classification play-offs condemning them to the caliber of Somalia whom coach Carey Odhiambo 's men play next in the non-consequential 'rubber' on Friday. Meanwhile, semi-finalists include Uganda who were unbeaten in Group 'B', Rwanda who were runners-up to Egypt in Group 'A' and Burundi who were second in a three-team Group 'B'. The two teams in the final will earn places in the AfroBasket 2017 men's championship in Brazzaville, Congo (August 19-30). Being overtaken by Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda just questions the future of Kenya's men's basketball. After matches in the three-team round-robin event for women, Egypt beat both Uganda (86-56) and Kenya (87-62) to top the table and earn the single place to the AfroBasket 2017, Mali (September 15-24). Kenya's win for a second place was a 70-41 upset of Uganda. Fixtures indicate return matches but in any case, Egypt have already booked their place in the African championships. Courtesy of: voiceofsports.net
Onyango wins fourth MVP award, KPA clinch men's Premier League - 2 months 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
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