USIU set to take on hosts KPA in play­off quar­ters

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

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.

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