NAIROBI — In case you were wondering what revenge looks like, the past weekend provided us with all the answers.
The eleventh week of the KBF season is in the books. There’s plenty to talk about from the Co-op Bank Spartans (8-1) late comeback against USIU Tigers (3-2), an unexpected KPA (5-3) loss by the Lions (4-5) after beating the defending champions Ulinzi Warriors (6-2) on Saturday, Strathmore Swords (4-0) held their own against Co-op Bank Kingdom Queens (3-3) and a strong opening season performance by KPA (5-0) ladies.
On Friday night in a very important game for the former champions Co-op Bank Spartans James Mwangi, Willian Sharnobi and Titus Musembi spearheaded the Spartans 92-86 OT victory over the USIU Tigers. The Tigers were looking to replicate their last years playoffs performance but were unable to make that goal a reality. Spartans fought to the end and destroyed Tigers in OT, unshackling themselves from a weird regular time stagnancy.
Lions have laboured quietly in the recent times, their turmoil filled season finally came to an end, they got little resistance against KPA on their way to a 74-58 victory. KPA who had beaten Ulinzi just couldn’t even seem to put any kind of pressure or some sense of fear. Lions was pretty much in cruise control the entire game, just picking and choosing his spots/times when they would take over throughout the course of the game. Will this win define their second leg?
It’s no secret: What Strathmore Swords surrenders in big names, it makes up for with depth, agility, tenacity and speed, once again, the deep bench was a critical factor in a Swords in revenge. A strong defensive showing in the second half was enough to beat the Kingdom Queens 49-45 winning their fourth straight game this season.
KPA ladies are steady and it shows on the court, too, they are a consistent bunch, playing a crisp, exacting style that wears down opponents. This year’s version of KPA is one of the best ever in recent time and are showing they are title-ready. KPA dominated Masaku Sparks on Saturday, winning 76-41. KPA showed that, along with playing consistent basketball, they can also run opponents off the court. They have the tools to win in a number of different ways, and it’s the reason they’re expected to give the defending champions USIU Flames all they can handle as long as both teams advance to the finals (which is pretty obvious).
Is Masaku Sparks (2-5) back? Well they have won two of their last three games after beefing up their squad. At the start of the season they were thought to be boring, but there’s no denying just how much fun the team has been lately. In Lynette Atieno they have a steady scorer, Lavina Alando is getting her mojo back and from nowhere Sparks’ top six push might be on track. Seemingly they now have the ability to run with all the other teams.
There’s one possible problem for the Masaku, however. They must work on their inside play, that’s where big teams will hit them hard.
Upperhill tasted their first defeat this season after going down to KAA 49-54 on Sunday, while high flying Blazers winning streak ended when they fell to KDF Morans 38-49.