Gaya attributes Thunder’s strong start to experience


Gaya attributes Thunder’s strong start to experience
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

  • Thunder head coach Sadat Gaya has attributed their strong start to the basketball league to experience after they hammered Lakeside 59-52 on Saturday before thwarting Umoja 80-75 on Sunday in their opening round of matches.
  • Gaya who doubles up as the national team, Morans, assistant head coach, however, reckons a lot more still needs to be done as the team is yet to attain fluency and fluidity in their game.

Thunder head coach Sadat Gaya has attributed their strong start to the basketball league to experience after they hammered Lakeside 59-52 on Saturday before thwarting Umoja 80-75 on Sunday in their opening round of matches.

Gaya who doubles up as the national team, Morans, assistant head coach, however, reckons a lot more still needs to be done as the team is yet to attain fluency and fluidity in their game.

“We’ve strengthened our guards and perimeter players and the defense really contributed a lot for the wins.

“We are still cooperating with new players. We are still struggling and we are looking forward to building team chemistry for the would-be bright future,” he said.

On his side, team captain Griffins Ligare echoed Gaya’s sentiments while at the same time warning against complacent.

“A good start for us, but we have a lot of work ahead of us because there is no room for laxity,” said Ligare who is also Morans’ captain..

Thunder now have four points after two matches and will be facing KU Pirates next Sunday at Nyayo Gymnasium.

Elsewhere, Strathmore’s Blades men team started off the campaign on flyer hammering KCA- University 73-68 at Nyayo Gymnasium last weekend.

“It’s a good start for us considering 60 % of the players were debuting. We are building game by game, making necessary adjustments and working on the team chemistry,” Blades’ captain George Okoth told Citizen Digital.

In other matches, defending champions Ulinzi edged out Umoja 67-49 on Saturday while EMYBA defeated Terror 62-44 and Lakeside 80-55 on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

On the ladies side Storms got a walkover against Kisumu Lady Bucks.

KBF results Men Premier League

Thunder 80-75 Umoja

Thunder 59-52 Lakeside

EMYBA 80-55 Lakeside

EMYBA 62-44 Terror

Ulinzi 67-49 Umoja

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