NAIROBI — As most basketball fans anticipate this weekend games, the Kenya Basketball Federation league trudges along closer to the midway point of the season (for some teams).
In our world, 2016 started back in March; nevertheless, I imagine a few teams want to start over and have a few resolutions of their own. At this point, a handful of teams who had top 6 aspirations are scrambling now while blame is being thrown around, and a few surprising teams are hoping their fortune doesn’t end. I don’t know how everything will shake out, and in this league there’s only one true determination: let’s make it to the end of the season.
And with that, let’s take a closer look at the big games this weekend.
The USIU Tigers (3-4) outplayed the Co-op Bank Spartans (5-6) in last season’s playoffs quarter-finals series– a fact Co-op Bank players haven’t forgotten. Tonight, the Tigers and Spartans will meet for the first time since last season. Both teams have one loss each coming from one team, Nairobi City Thunder. USIU Tigers will be playing their first game after a month and the Spartans will be looking to send the Tigers a message – the question is will the Tigers be ready?
By all standards Masaku Sparks (1-5) vs. KPA (4-0) is not a big game but the nitty gritties make this match-up interesting. New signings Lynette Atieno and Lavina Alando were key to Masaku Sparks first win this season against K.U Oryx. Both will be able to contribute, but will they impact this game for a second Masaku win? It will be interesting to see the two attempting to serve KPA a cold dish full of the ultimate revenge.
A week after Co-op Bank Kingdom Queens (3-5) slayed Equity Bank Hawks (3-5) they met their match in Eagle Wings. On Saturday they welcome back defending Champions USIU Flames (2-0) and Strathmore Swords (3-0) on Sunday morning, a very tough weekend for the bankers.
Defending champions Ulinzi Warriors (6-7) survived a Lions (3-8) charge in their last game and must be sharp when they face an unpredictable KPA (4-5) side Saturday evening.