NAIROBI — After playing many playoff games, Hildah Luvandwa and Samba Mjomba know the Kenya Basketball Federation playoffs is no time for mercy. Particularly when an opponent is down and seemingly ready to go out.
In Game 2, Hilda made 6 points and two free-throws, dominating with her usual ruthless grace. The veteran puts the Equity Hawks ahead to stay and they ended up handing the short-handed Co-op Bank Kingdom Queens a 61-31 beating. After the Game 2 victory, all that’s left is the finish — something the Hawks also know how to do pretty well.
Hilda had 14 points and Susan Akinyi added 9 points in a largely one sided game as the Hawks pushed the Kingdom Queens to the brink of playoff elimination.
Barclays Bank jumped out to a fast start in Game 2, the bankers pushed the lead to 5 points at the half time break and 4 points going into the last quarter but World Hope were unfazed.
In the fourth quarter, World Hope played inspired basketball as they pressured Barclays at both ends of the court and took control of the game as they exploded for 43 points in the second half putting the bankers away with a 26-9 run in the last quarter to eke out a 67-54 win and put Barclays at the brink of elimination.
A Game 3 win by World Hope will see the Kawangware based side play in the the Premier League next year.
Condrad Wafula chipped in 17 points, Hope Roberts 16 and Vincent Majimbo 13 points for World Hope.
Emyba are in the Kenya Basketball Federation Division 2 Finals. The Embakasi side beat Blazers 63-44 in a winner-take-all Game 5 and the curtains came down to a great series. After a shaky start, Emyba outscored Blazers 23-3 in the third quarter and what was a close series essentially over.
Emyba kept their foot on the gas in the fourth quarter, preventing the Blazers from making any kind of run.
With the win, Emyba will face the KDF Morans in the Division 2 Finals.