KPA, Flames assume play-offs advantage


Fidel Okoth (L) of Blades contest for ball with Victor Bosire of KPA challenge during ...
Fidel Okoth (L) of Blades contest for ball with Victor Bosire of KPA challenge 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

  • Kenya Ports Authority men basketball team captain Samuel Ochollla maintains that the team did not give their best despite beating USIU 69-55 in the basketball quarters play-off at the weekend.
  • Courtesy of the win, KPA, who are also the defending champions took an early advantage in the basketball playoffs series and will relish their semi-final chances.

Kenya Ports Authority men basketball team captain Samuel Ochollla maintains that the team did not give their best despite beating USIU 69-55 in the basketball quarters play-off at the weekend.

Courtesy of the win, KPA, who are also the defending champions took an early advantage in the basketball playoffs series and will relish their semi-final chances.

KPA finished the regular league in position one with 39 points and are determined to secure first win in the three game series and only need one win to secure themselves a place in the semis.

“I am glad we won though we didn’t display a good game. It’s a good head start as we take a game at a time since we only need one win on Saturday to qualify for semis,” Ocholla told Citizen Digital.

The Dockers will either meet last season’s first runners up Blades of Strathmore or KCA University in the semis if they win one game of the remaining two scheduled to take place in Mombasa next weekend.

At the same time, Blades hammered KCA-University 52-34 in playoffs to take an early lead of the quarters series at the same venue.

It’s a win that club captain George Okoth attributed to hard work. “We were able to execute so many things we had worked on, however the game was low on scoring meaning our offense line wasn’t as sharp as it’s supposed to be. We want to work on our execution and tighten our defence,” Okoth said.

Ulinzi Warriors defeated Umoja 56-34 as Thunder hammered Equity Bank 70-59.

Umoja head coach Martin Okwako was magnanimous in defeat adding that he had no excuse for the the poor show.

“We came short against Ulinzi; no excuses though but we will bounce back on Saturday,” he said. “We need to improve on our defence, take care of rebounds and offensively we need to use our strength and minimise turnovers.”

Meanwhile women defending champions KPA thrashed K.U ORYX 60-33 to take an early lead to also claim a playoff advantage.

Equity Bank who topped the regular league with 39 points will be playing their first playoffs next weekend against USIU.

Summrised Weekend Scores

KPA (men) 69-55 USIU

Ulinzi 56-34 Umoja

Thunder 70-59 Equity Bank

Blades 52-34 KCA- University

KPA (Ladies) 60-33 K.U ORYX

Storms 58-40 Eagle Wings

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