KPA skipper aims perfect first leg finish after win over Blades


KPA skipper aims perfect first leg finish after win over Blades
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/Citizen

In Summary

  • Kenya Basketball Federation Classic League men defending champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) captain Samuel Ocholla, who doubles up as assistant head coach, has attributed their weekend victories to pitching camp in Nairobi three days prior to their league matches played at the weekend.
  • KPA hammered Strathmore Blades 62-53 on Saturday before defeating USIU 74-47 on Sunday.

Kenya Basketball Federation Classic League men defending champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) captain Samuel Ocholla, who doubles up as assistant head coach, has attributed their weekend victories to pitching camp in Nairobi three days prior to their league matches played at the weekend.

KPA hammered Strathmore Blades 62-53 on Saturday before defeating USIU 74-47 on Sunday.

“I am happy with how the boys played especially defensively. Coming to Nairobi three days before the match helped a lot in team chemistry, we now look forward to end the first leg in high note,” Ocholla said.

On his part, team head coach Sammy Kiki praised his boys for  a ” job well-done”.

“We played well . Despite many new faces, the team has really improved. They played according to the game plan and instructions,” Kiki added.

KPA have played eight games, winning six and losing two to amass 14 points. The dockers face Equity Bank and World Hope in their  assignments.

Meanwhile, Blades captain George Okoth blamed poor offensive tactics for the defeat.

“We stepped up our defence but we are still struggling on the offensive front,” Okoth said.

Blades, last season’s semifinalists, have seemingly continued with their poor run in the league losing five games so far with only three wins to boot.

Elsewhere, Storms women basketball team pulled a revenge on KPA whom they crushed 55-52 at the Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium at the weekend. The Mombasa based side sent Storms crashing out of the league at the semis play-offs and the Nairobi based side will relish their victory will should build confidence in their nerves ahead of their upcoming fixtures.

“I promised  revenge and I’m now a happy man hoping my players continue with the same team spirit moving forward,” Storms head coach Abel Nson said.

Men Premier League Results at Nyayo Gymnasium

USIU 74-47 KPA

WORLD HOPE 51-54 BLADES

Blades 62-53 KPA

Women Premier League Results at Nyayo Gymnasium

Storms 55-52

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