NAIROBI – The Kenya Basketball Federation playoffs resumed today at Strathmore University Grounds with three semi-final games being played.
In men’s premier league Ulinzi Warriors had a hard time penetrating the Blades zone defense and were down 13-9 going into the second quarter. Coach William Balozi had seen enough, whatever he said during the break worked as the Warriors went on a roll to beat Blades 56-45.
Coming out of the break, the Warriors scored 5 unanswered points, once they got on a roll it was game over. Ulinzi took a 35-29 lead into halftime and it was more of the same after the break.
The turnaround was primarily a result of the increase in intensity on the defensive end. On the other hand Blades had difficulty getting clean looks at the basket, and sometimes couldn’t get a shot off. The turnovers led to easy baskets for the soldiers.
Erick Mutoro had 16 points and John Washika added 14 points for the Warriors.
Joseph Ongoro had 13 points for Blades.
KPA’s unbeaten season atop the women’s league was all at stake in Game 1 with USIU Flames, and they responded in a manner befitting their pedigree– a blowout.
Georgia Adhiambo scored 16 points, Selina Okumu 12 points, Felmas Adhiambo and Natalie Akinyi added 11 points each and KPA ran away with a 77-38 win.
Strathmore couldn’t build on their 20-15 half time lead in Game 1 against favorites Masaku Sparks who struggled on the day. Strathmore’s first half lead against the number 1 team in the women’s division 1 league wasn’t good enough and were beaten by Masaku yet again 34-33 in a game that could have gone either way.