Blunt Blades face KPA test in KBF


Blunt Blades face KPA test in KBF
Eric Mutoro (L) of Ulinzi Warriors challenges Victor Odendo of KPA during their men’s Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League playoffs finals Game two at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium on December 02, 2018. Ulinzi Warriors won 71-55. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Strathmore Blades head coach Tony Ochieng has said he is working to fix the team's defensive set up after a dismal start to the new Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Classic League season
  • Blades enjoyed an impressive run last term and reached the playoff semi-finals but are struggling to match that form having already lost four times in seven outings

Strathmore Blades head coach Tony Ochieng has said he is working to fix the team’s defensive set up after a dismal start to the new Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Classic League season.

Blades enjoyed an impressive run last term and reached the playoff semi-finals but are struggling to match that form having already lost four times in seven outings.

Ochieng’s men begin their weekend with a clash against World Hope at the Nyayo Gymnasium in Nairobi before tackling defending champions KPA – who knocked them out in last year’s playoff semis – on Sunday.

“I am working on defensive rotation, also working hard for players to have right attitude for approach of weekend fixtures; once everyone knows his role the rest will be taken care of,” Ochieng said.

Blades captain George Okoth said they will be approaching the game with a winning mentality.

“We have upped the tempo of our training sessions this week and we’re focusing on solid team defense and better execution on the offensive end,” Okoth said.

Blades may miss three key players; Micah Kiplagat, Brian Onyango and Amos Aduke who are nursing knee injuries but may be cleared.

Meanwhile KPA captain Samuel Ocholla believes their game against Blades will be one of the hardest fixtures they are en counting since they have had their rivalry for long time.

“It’s a game that has always been explosive over years but having arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday  and with ample time to train and work on weak points we expect nothing but wins in both games,” Ocholla said.

KBF CLASSIC LEAGUE FIXTURES (Men)

Saturday 

USIU vs KPA (2:30pm)

World Hope vs Blades (4:00pm)

Sunday 

Blades vs KPA (4:00pm)

All three fixtures will be played at the Nyayo Gymnasium

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