USIU set to take on hosts KPA in playoff quarters
United States International University travel to Mombasa to face off against Kenya Ports Authority in the Kenya Basketball Federation playoff quarter finals at the Makande Welfare hall on Saturday.
The ‘Tigers’ who beat Equity Bank over the weekend to finish third, are upbeat about their coastal trip. In Alex Ramazani, Derick Juma, Alvin Nyangweso and Kevin Kigotho, they are loaded.
But with only one game in Mombasa, the porters are aware they must take the home game or it will be difficult to win two away ties in Nairobi next week. .
The other matches will see reigning champions USIU tackle Eagle Wings in Game Two. The ‘Flames’ torched Eagle Wings 6742 last weekend and must push for a sweep. With Sarah Chan injured, this could prove very tricky.
Thunder face Equity Bank in another match that is expected to produce fireworks. Griffin Ligare and Kevin Chogo will be up against gritty bankers led by Vincent Onsongo and Brian Obimbo.
Lower division Game Two will see Kenyatta University ‘Pirates’ who beat Barclays Bank 68-62 meet again. KU will have Jackton Agunda, Jonathan Lando and Renny Moibi firing from all cylinders.
Riara University tackle Blazers, whom they beat 61-57. Other matches will see Egerton University men and women sides, host KDF Morans and play Strathmore.
Kenya Methodist University (Kemu) over the weekend whipped Neosasa Morans 78-52 at Strathmore University courts to force decisive Game Five in the Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) finals.
Neosasa, who the previous day had won Game Three 59-52 would have wrapped up the series with a victory but had problems containing Thon Machuor and Patrick Kirui who combined for eight three-point bombs. Gabriel Awuol topscored with 23 points and Clement Alesiu bagged 15 for the students.
Lewis Wanyoike scored 14 while Joseph Achega was restricted to 10 .
Footprints also beat Africa Nazarene University 46-44 in a closely fought women’s Game Four final.