Co-op Bank, Blades Storm The Semi-Finals

Co-op Bank, Blades Storm The Semi-Finals

NAIROBI – At least they stole one game.

That will be the sentiment shared among Umoja fans, Monday, after they shake off the fact that their team had a season to remember.

In Game 3 Sunday evening, the Co-op Bank Spartans came out of the gate guns blazing. Spartans had a dominant start thanks in large part to their starters Joshua Kisali, Brian Busu, Kevin Kigotho, Job Byron and Fidel Muga.

At the half time break, Spartans held a commanding 17 point lead fueled by James Mwangi and Fredrick Odongo who came off the bench.

Umoja’s bench helped restore order to make it a close game in the third quarter, but the fourth quarter started just as the first did, until about halfway through and the bankers continued to coast through the quarter to win the game 57-48.

The Spartans will know whom they play when Equity travel to Mombasa to plat for Game 2 and 3 against KPA.

For Umoja, the loss ends their strong season in a rather unceremonious way. Though they lost Umoja have had a fantastic season to remember.

At last Blades got the monkeys off their back with a sweet revenge on the USIU Tigers in a thrilling 48-42 victory Game 3 to proceed to the semi-finals for the first time.

Blades turned the heat on Tigers and raced to a 24-14 half time lead. They then stretched the lead to 16 points in the third quarter before USIU responded with a huge fourth quarter rally as Alex Ramazani hit a trey with 2:03 seconds remaining and brought the game within two points. But Blades then responded with five straight baskets while USIU struggled to make free throws.

With their backs against the wall trailing 1-0 in the women’s premier league quarter-final series the USIU Flames came out in the first quarter of Game 2 with a vengeance.

The Swords’ starters looked sluggish and sloppy against the energetic Flames. Flames took a 20-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and Swords never recovered as the former champions went on to win 47-28.

After trailing by as many 5 points at the end of the third quarter, Kisumu Lakeside rallied to within two points in the final minute, but Strathmore who had a superb all round game stood firm to win 46-39 and tie the series 1-1.

Emyba edged closer to the Division 2 finals when they beat Blazers 61-57 in Game 3, Emyba now lead the series 2-1 and have a chance to close the series next weekend.

KDF Morans have qualified for the Division 1 league next year after sweeping Little Prince witj a 66-42 Game 3 victory and advance to the finals.






James Mwangi

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