Thunder strikes KCA as Blazers silence the Blades
Thunder showcased their thirst for the tittle silencing KCA University 58-44 in a closely contested match at the USIU grounds that saw top Kenyan point guard Grifffin Ligare score 16 points to uplift his team to victory.
KCA started the game on a slow note being thrashed 18-08 in the first quarter but found their form in the second quarter outscoring the winners 08-07 and a further 14-14 draw in the third quarter, before losing 14-19 in the last quarter.
Speaking at the match venue, Thunder head coach Abel Nson hailed his side for the win, but expressed concern at the defensive break downs in his side, adding that it needs to be worked on.
“We started the game slowly but I’m thankful we were able to bounce back. Our focus now shifts to our next weekend fixture against defending champions KPA in Mombasa,” he said.
In other men’s matches, underdogs Trail Blazers silenced Strathmore Blades 57-49 in a highly entertaining fixture. Tempers at one time flared in the match with Strathmore head coach Tonny Ochieng being ejected after aggressively complaining about poor officiating to the centre referee.
On the court, Alex Oguso and Ishmael Nyamache constantly kept the fans on their feet with their impressive skills in passing and post moves.
Starthmore fought hard to claim 20-13 and 14-11 wins in the third and fourth quarters but their efforts came to naught as Trail Blazers had already stretched the lead early in the first half with 14-08 and 19-07 wins, which proved a tall order.
In the women’s match, high flying Equity Bank dismissed Strathmore University 62-33 to continue with their impressive form of six wins on the bounce.
Belinda Okoth scored 11 points for the bankers with Samba Mjomba chipping in with 14 points to secure Equity the win after a 18-04,14-05,13-14 and 16-10 outcomes in the quarters.
At the same time, Masaku Sparks succumbed 35-55 to Storms with versatile forward Mercy Wanyama leading the scoreline with 16 points as Anne liambila consoled the losers with 7 points
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