NAIROBI – So it seems KPA men are still really, really good.
The only question was when and how bad they’d make Equity Bank look. On Saturday evening, KPA put on a show beating the bankers 73-62 and take command of their quarter finals series.
Certainly some KPA players likely struggled during the regular season finding the motivation necessary to fight through the regular season. However, they showed that when the important games start, their focus is attuned to the matters at hand.
Eventually it was going to happen, and it hardly mattered to KPA that the location was Upperhill. The K.U Oryx offered little resistance against a team that entered the game clearly on a mission. KPA never trailed as they cruised to a 55-28 victory in Game 1.
After going down twice to USIU Flames in the regular season, Strathmore Swords appeared to be at ease from tip-off and never let up. The Swords held a comfortable lead at half time and shrugged off a Flames come-back bid in the last two quarters to win 43-35.
Strathmore jumped out to a 10-0 lead but Kisumu Lakeside came back to tie it at 14 on Isaiah Kiyaka’s basket, and the teams wrestled back and forth from there.
Lakeside put together a 24-11 run spurred by an energetic second quarter from John Wijass, Dede Lumumba , Dennis Wekesa and Dan Amoke to a 70-64 Game 1 win.
Little Prince failed to recover from their Game 1 loss, leaving them with a 2-0 deficit and the possibility of being eliminated in Game 3 against the KDF Morans.
Kisumu Lady Bucks failed to show up and Strathmore were awarded a walkover.