NAIROBI – Brian Onyango scored 23 points, Fidel Okoth scored 13 and the Strathmore Blades scored the first four points of overtime before holding on to beat the Ulinzi Warriors 63-60 on Saturday evening. Blades have won two straight games in the series to take a 2-1 lead into a potential Game 4 clincher on Sunday evening.
Blades dominated the first three quarters but with two minutes in the last quarter, the supremacy of Blades was brought into serious question by the experienced Ulinzi side led by Ancet Wafula who toiled the whole game for the soldiers.
With the game tied at 55 with 5 seconds remaining Erick Mutoro had a chance to win the game but missed a contested trey. Blades called for a time-out with 4 seconds to go but Samuel Mogoko’s inbound pass fell short as time expired, and to overtime they went.
In overtime, Blades seized the lead early and never relinquished it. Brian who was a thorn in the flesh the whole evening scored six straight points to put the students in command for good.
Ancet who had missed Game 1 and 2 lead all scores with 26 points.
In the other game played in Nairobi, Masaku Sparks won the first quarter 12-05 in Game 3 and went on to beat Strathmore 43-37 and take control of the series.
In Mombasa KPA ladies won Game 3 91-37 against USIU Flames and advanced to the finals. KPA men who got two walkovers against the Co-op Bank Spartans sealed the bankers fate with a 71-58 win in Game 3. The defending champions are in the finals.