NAIROBI – The 2017 Kenya Basketball Federation playoff race isn’t quite as exciting as the one between Blades and USIU Tigers. After USIU won Game 2 at Africa Nazarene University, the elusive Game 3 failed to take off the next day at the same venue. Then the following weekend darkness couldn’t let the game with Blades leading at the end of the third quarter. The game was to be played on Tuesday at YMCA Shauri Moyo but it was shelved due to political reasons.
On Sunday this match-up should come to an end, they need to put this series to bed.
Apart from this, there is still plenty of intrigue and interest at Upperhill High School this weekend. Equity Bank have a chance to redeem a poor season when they host defending champions KPA while Co-op Bank Spartans will once again face giant killers Umoja.
Here’s a look at the weekend’s playoff match-ups.
KDF Morans vs. Little Prince
Little Prince comeback attempt against the KDF Morans fell short two weeks ago at Africa Nazarene University as they fell 44-47.
After trailing by double digits at the end of the first quarter, Little Prince outscored the soldiers 11-03 in the second quarter to bring the game within 4 points. If Little Prince take care of the first quarter they stand a chance of evening the series, a win for KDF will complicate things for the Kibera based side.
K .U.ORYX vs. KPA
K.U Oryx has had a fantastic season but come up against very polished KPA side that has set it’s eyes on the prize. KPA are solid and will dominate the students at every position so this one could be over with a sweep. It should be a test drive for KPA.
Strathmore vs. Kisumu Lady Bucks
Game was to be played last weekend in Kisumu but it didn’t. As indicated in the fixture Game 1 and 2 will be played in Nairobi but word has it that the Kisumu side will not honor the game.
Strathmore vs. Kisumu Lakeside
This was previewed last weekend: CLICK HERE
USIU Flames vs. Strathmore Swords
USIU Flames has had better years behind them but still managed to beat Strathmore Swords twice in the regular season. Both teams are young, hungry and this game could go to the wire in all the games in this series.
Equity Bank vs. KPA
KPA are matched up against the underrated Equity Bank who have had a poor season even after a massive recruitment coming into the season. KPA might not be the best watch, but their fundamentals are always sound and know how to win games.
Alongside Victor Ochieng, Victor Odendo helps Victor Bosire stretch the floor which means they can run that pick and roll easier. He’s also been great in transition, fearless and in control, most of the time.
Equity must slow the guards down and command the paint if they want to dethrone the champions. If Fredrick Lugasi is fit to play, GAME ON!
Look for a sweep in this one.
Emyba vs. Blazers
Blazers won Game 1 with a 2 points margin and Emyba tied the series in OT. This is has been the story of this close series and Game 3 will not be any different.
Co-op Bank Spartans vs. Umoja
Co-op Bank Spartans defense could not keep up with the onslaught from Nick Ogolo in Game 3. Ogol was an animal. If his teammates can knock down open shots they’ll get from what he creates, Umoja can get past the bankers. Co-op Bank are a better team in many eyes, but the difference between these two teams could come down to a handful of plays… and the outdoor court advantage.
Blades vs. USIU Tigers
After serving the two-game suspension, Blades head coach Tonny Ochieng will be on the bench. For more preview of this game CLICK HERE