NAIROBI — Aside from Friday’s fourth quarter in the game between Lions and Ulinzi Warriors which Ben Oluoch and Lewis Muya nearly willed Lions to the win – Lions have been poor. With their experienced signings they still have a chance to make a mark, but after dropping back-to-back game early on, the former champions need a win to right the ship.
Veteran Oluoch put on a show, though he looked rusty his turn-around move with 2:15 to play in the last quarter to put Lions up by 3 points was reminiscent of vintage Oluoch. But he couldn’t save the Lions in the last minute as they fell 60-62 to the defending champions.
Equity Bank were sloppy against Trailblazers but still got away with a 58-49 win, Equity ended the weekend on a high when they beat Strathmore 66-55 on Sunday.
The Strathmore Blades spent the first three quarters against Co-op Bank Spartans well in control, opening up a 9-point lead at half time. Up 66-63 entering the fourth quarter, perhaps Blades looked ahead a little too early, Blades fell into utter disarray at both ends. Blades held relatively steady in the last quarter and pushed the lead to 66-74 but that was the last moment in which they had any control. James Mwangi sparked a run followed by Brian Busu with a basket and a foul to start a game-closing 10-4 run. Spartans took the lead and did not look back on their way to a 84-80 win.
The Co-op Bank Kingdom Queens defeated hot favourites Equity Bank Hawks 69-68 in a game that was a tale of 2 halves. After Equity Bank led 12-5 at the end of the first quarter, it looked like a another routine win for the Hawks but Co-op Bank fought back to tie the game 19-19 at the half time break. Equity won the third quarter 17-12 but struggled late in the last quarter as the Queens comeback paid off sending the game to OT.
Strathmore University Swords got a 20-00 win over Eagle Wings who failed to show up.