Numbers Never Lie

Numbers Never Lie

With the Kenya Basketball Federation’s 2015 regular-season almost halfway that can only mean one thing – there are so many intriguing storylines worth following. By the way, there are none that anyone knows an answer to, regardless of how convincing the argument may sound.

There’s a season’s worth of objective data to be subjectively interpreted, most of which can be molded as needed to reinforce someone’s prior beliefs. That’s what makes sports debates so much fun: Stats aren’t always a part of the equation.

Amid the conference and fixtures chaos, though, clarity is needed. Conclusions need to be reached and not ones that force us to think too hard.

Enter statistical races. From scoring titles to assist crowns, these are purely performance-based, achievements that can’t be diminished by passionate debaters or stat-bending talking heads.

It’s just all about the numbers. These are the players with the best of them. There’s no arguing that.

Going forward we will be analyzing every weekend statistics and create a stats culture which we think is long overdue. People always question why a player was chosen to join the national team, why a coach prefers a certain player over others and so on. Our weekly and monthly stats will be able to answer all those questions.

Over the weekend Wena Sialo (Kakamega Nebulas) played for 35.03 minutes (among the top three players with most minutes) had 2 points, 4 rebounds, 4 turnovers and 0 assists. He had the worst player rating of -45, why was he on the floor for that long? Masaku Sparks out rebounded KPA 43-27 (23 offensive rebounds) and lost. What happened to rebounds winning championships?

Below are weekend leaders in various categories:

PLAYERS WITH MOST MINUTES

1. DIVISION 1: Caleb Odhiambo (JKUAT) – 38.36.
2. PREMIER LEAGUE : Joshua Kisali (Zetech Titans) – 39.36.
3. PREMIER LEAGUE LADIES : Natalie Akinyi (KPA) – 37.01.

PLAYERS WITH LEAST MINUTES
1. PREMIER LEAGUE LADIES: Donnsama Achieng (KPA) – 00.23.
2. DIVISION 1: Victor Kosgei (Blazers) – 00.27.
3. PREMIER LEAGUE : Ken Okumu (Thunder) – 02.50.

TOP SCORER PLAYERS
1. PREMIER LEAGUE LADIES : Natalie Akinyi (KPA) 17.
2. DIVISION 1: David Ouma (Upperhill) 26.
3. PREMIER LEAGUE : Griffin Ligare (Thunder) 24.

TURNOVERS
1. PREMIER LEAGUE LADIES: Sarah Wakanyi(Strathmore Swords) 6 turnovers
2. DIVISION 1: Howard Nyerere ( Trailblazers) 5 turnovers
3. PREMIER LEAGUE MEN: Victor Bosire(KPA) 5 turnovers

ASSISTS
1. PREMIER LEAGUE LADIES; Natalie Akinyi(KPA) 8.
2. DIVISION 1: David Ouma(upperhill) 4.
3. PREMIER LEAGUE MEN: Victor Bosire ( KPA) 6.

STEALS 
1. PREMIER LEAGUE LADIES: Natalie Akinyi (KPA) 8.
2. Division 1: David Ouma (Upperhill) 6.
3. PREMIER LEAGUE MEN: Steve Mcodongo (KAA) 4.

REBOUNDS
1. PREMIER LEAGUE LADIES : Felmas Adhiambo & Bettie Kananu (Masaku Sparks) 11.
2.DIVISION 1: Joe Koech(Blazers) 14.
3. PREMIER LEAGUE : Valentine Nyakinda (KPA) 10.

BLOCKS
1. PREMIER LEAGUE LADIES : Mercy Odima ( Strathmore) 2.
2. DIVISION 1 : Lenson Kisia(Trailblazers) 2.
3. PREMIER LEAGUE : Martin Kitongo( KPA) 2.

BEST REBOUNDING TEAMS
1. PREMIER LEAGUE LADIES : MASAKU SPARKS – 43
2. DIVISION 1: JKUAT – 35.
3. PREMIER LEAGUE : KPA – 39.

TEAMS WITH HIGHEST BENCH POINTS
1. DIVISION 1 : Trailblazers – 46.
2. PREMIER LEAGUE LADIES : KPA – 32.
3. PREMIER LEAGUE MEN : Thunder – 25.

TEAMS WITH LOWEST BENCH POINTS
1. DIVISION 1 : Upperhill – 13.
2. PREMIER LEAGUE LADIES : KCA University- 3.
3. PREMIER LEAGUE MEN : KPA – 19.

TEAMS WITH MOST POINTS IN THE PAINT
1. DIVISION 1 : Upperhill – 56
2. PREMIER LEAGUE LADIES : KPA – 60.
3. PREMIER LEAGUE MEN : KPA – 42.

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