Blades braced for KCA response in KBF playoffs


Blades braced for KCA response in KBF playoffs
FILE: Martin Kitonga (L) and Ariel Okall of KPA contest for ball with Cliff Alela of KPA during their Basketball Premier League best-of-five finals play-offs series at Africa Nazarene University on February 18, 2018. KPA won 68-37. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Blades head coach is bracing for a gritty response from KCA tomorrow during Game 2 of the Kenya Basketball Federation league quarter-final playoff
  • Blades out-shot KCA 52-34 in Game One and could wrap up the best of three contest to reach the semi-finals if they take Game Two of the series at the Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium

Blades head coach is bracing for a gritty response from KCA tomorrow during Game 2 of the Kenya Basketball Federation league quarter-final playoff.

Blades out-shot KCA 52-34 in Game One and could wrap up the best of three contest to reach the semi-finals if they take Game Two of the series at the Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium.

The Strathmore University outfit finished fourth in the regular season with 32 points, a point ahead of KCA University who finished one place behind in fifth.

“I am happy we are one foot into the semis since things worked for us in the first game but we expect a different game from our opponents in the second match,” Ochieng told Citizen Digital.

A win for KCA will tie the series, ensuring it lasts the full distance where it will be decided in Game Three on Sunday but Ochieng and his charges will be keen to avoid sharing the driving seat.

Meanwhile, defending champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) will look to utilize their home advantage when they host USIU in their game two and three of the quarters playoffs in Mombasa over the weekend.

The Dockers won the regular season and lead their series against USIU having Game One last weekend at Nyayo and will be ensuring they continue their dominance in the domestic league.

Elsewhere, Ulinzi who finished second with 35 points lock horns with Umoja after hammering them 56-34 in Game One while Thunder meet Equity Bank whom they defeated them 70-59 in the opening leg.

 

Weekend Fixtures

Saturday 

G1 -Equity vs USIU

G2 -Eagle Wings VS Storms

G1-Strathmore vs Zetech

G2- KPA VS KU ORYX

G2- Umoja VS Ulinzi

G2-KCA VS Blades

G2-KPA VS USIU

Sunday

G3 –KU ORYX VS KPA

G3-USIU VS KPA

G2-Zetech VS Strathmore

G2-USIU VS Equity

G3-Blades VS KCA-U

G2-Equity VS Thunder

G3-Umoja VS Ulinzi

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