Ochieng lauds Blades for stopping “vicious” Ulinzi Warriors


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

  • Mental strength and right attitude worked for Strathmore Blades in their Sunday victory against Ulinzi Warriors, according to head coach Tony Ochieng.
  • Blades overcame Warriors 62-53, in their second match of the of the season
  • The loss ended Warriors unbeaten run after impressive three season opening matches

Mental strength and right attitude worked for Strathmore Blades in their Sunday victory against Ulinzi Warriors, head coach Tony Ochieng has said.

Blades overcame Warriors 62-53, in their second match of the of the season in the the Men Basketball Premier League, ending their opponents’ unbeaten run in the current campaign.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Ochieng acknowledged the red hot Worriors needed more adrenaline to beat, thus the proper preparations that finally  bore fruits.

“We were well prepared for the match, we knew very well Ulinzi were coming to this match to continue with their impressive run, having won all the previous fixtures,” charged Ochieng.

Blades captain George Okoth underscored their tactical approach paid direct dividends, noting they took no chance from the first whistle.

“Our game plan really worked for us. We commanded rebounds both offensively and defensively, knowing what Ulinzi were capable of doing if we allowed them to invade our territory,” averred Okoth.

Blades dominated two out of the four quarters of the match with a big margin. In the first quarter Strathmore were down 17-15, before getting another narrow defeat of 14-13 which preceded an awful third quarter for the soldiers (17-10).

Despite fighting hard to reclaim the forth, Ulinzi still fell by  17-12 points.

Meanwhile, Ochieng wants his charges to give more in the forthcoming league matches, expecting more exposure in the Ghana Revenue Authority friendly set for Friday at their backyard.

First hammered

In other encounters, Thunder won both of their matches over the weekend, hammering Trailblazers 69-52 on Saturday before sinking World Hope 54-38 on Sunday.

Trailblazers was a casualty to KCA University too, succumbing 64-34 in their weekend opener.

Summarised Weekend results.

Thunder 54-38 World Hope

Trailblazers 34-64 KCA University

Ulinzi 53-62 Blades

Ulinzi 50-47 USIU

Thunder 69-52 Trailblazers

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