Equity bank their title hopes on impressive Okoth, Dynamites shine


Equity Hawks power forward Mercy Wanyama (center) attempts to duck the KPA defense. Mercy was ...
FILE: Equity Hawks power forward Mercy Wanyama (center) attempts to duck the KPA defense.

In Summary

  • Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) women Premier League defending champions Equity Bank stormed to the semi-final playoffs at the weekend after demolishing Tangit Sparks 82-47 and 79-40 in Game One and Game Two respectively in the quarter final playoff series played at Nyayo Gymnasium in Nairobi.
  • The Bankers had an easy assignment as they put the three game series to bed and are now looking forward to this season’s semis.
  • The Hawks dominated all the quarters winning the first one 11-6 before claiming a 20-7 victory in the second quarter.

 

Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) women Premier League defending champions Equity Bank stormed to the semi-final playoffs at the weekend after demolishing Tangit Sparks 82-47 and 79-40 in Game One and Game Two respectively in the quarter final playoff series played at Nyayo Gymnasium in Nairobi.

The Bankers had an easy assignment as they put the three game series to bed and are now looking forward to this season’s semis.

The Hawks dominated all the quarters winning the first one 11-6 before claiming a 20-7 victory in the second quarter.

After the break, the bankers started from where they left winning third quarter 25-16 and finally winding it up with a 23-11 in the last quarter.

Belinda Okoth continued with her scoring magic when she netted 17 points followed by Linda Alando with 14 points as Esther Butali scored 12.

Equity head coach David Maina had nothing but praise for his girls.

“I am happy for the achievement, even though most of my players were on injuries I am glad those that played managed and I believe they won’t disappoint either moving to the semis,” Maina said.

Elsewhere, Storms women basketball team outclassed Strathmore with a massive win of 70-54 in Game Two played on Sunday. This came a day after Strathmore had defeated Storms in a narrow win of 42-39 in Game One on Saturday.

The two sides will now have to square it out in Game Three next weekend on Saturday in decisive match of who plays in the semis.

Storms head coach Abel Nson says he hopes her girls will complete the job in Game Three.

“We struggled in the third quarter but came out determined to win the last quarter, we were able to contain the pressure and I’m looking forward to win game three and qualify for the semis,” Nson said.

Meanwhile, Dynamites of the University of Nairobi also qualified for the semis after seeing off Zetech University in quarter final playoffs.

The Dynamites won Game One (46-41) and Two (49-47) on Saturday and Sunday respectively against Zetech to book a place in the semis.

Trizah Akeyo was the star for her side as she scored 15 points followed closely by Valarie Kemunto who scored 14 while Naomi Busirori scored 10 for Zetech.

Dynamiteshave a huge task ahead as they are set to face off with  defending champions Equity Bank in the semis as the winner between Storms and Strathmore will face  the victor between KPA and Eagle Wings in the semis.

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