Another KBF premier league weekend in the books, it was nothing short of the great standard. From close games to blow-outs but, the mother of all games Equity Hawks – USIU Flames lived up to the billing as the game of the week. And the attendance was good too, lets say a new rivalry has been born…that was good basketball. Let’s get right into it.
Equity Hawks/USIU Flames
The now 7-0 USIU Flames put on a shooting clinic and, often, their shots were wide open. Equity inexplicably began the game by concentrating so much on the inside play (read Sarah Chan) defensively, playing a 2-3 zone defense until the last quarter. This opened up for Georgia Odhimabo ( 3 points) and gave Cynthia Irankunda to operate. From there on, Equity seemed to lose heart until the last quarter when they played man-to-man defense. With back to back 3 point shots from Eleanor Amboko they came within 2 but the rally fell short.
Finally Masaku Sparks put their house in order, the 53-68 win was important going forward. Masaku play a wounded Equity Hawks next Sunday (Can’t wait!). That, was a good sign. Judging by their previous games, you’d think Masaku were on their way to another humiliating loss. One player who has really made it happen for them is Felmus Adhiambo, a star in the making.
The past two months have been cold and teams that train in the evening have felt it during practice.
Cold also described the Lions.
I don’t know where you go from here, but changes have to happen. No way Lions can keep going down this road and have games like Sunday, a 53-73 loss to Strathmore just made it worse for them. Lions are now 8-2, maybe we are seeing the last roar of a once famous team. What went wrong? And what can be done to recover?
Right now, the future (if they will be in the league) is all the Lions can peddle, a startling truth for a team with such a rich past. Then again, what else can the Lions do?
Just like Lions, Aviation is a team facing up, not that they are improving but a team that is on it’s death bed. Aviation is playing hard, led by a determined Ben Oluoch and Abel Nson. But given the talent deficiency, it hasn’t been nearly enough against the stiff competition.
From a playoffs caliber team two years back to relegation and It’s not just the losses, but the way the losses have come. The Blades 63-33 loss was a blowout.