Lakeside seeking another playoff upset against Ulinzi Warriors
Kisumu Lakeside will look to go 2-0 up against Ulinzi Warriors when they face off in Game Two of their best of five playoff series on Saturday.
Lakeside stunned the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) defending champions at the Manyatta Arabs in Kisumu in their opener last Saturday, winning 73-61 after a thrilling contest.
With Warriors seeking to level the five-game series at their home court, Lakeside has their work cut out but power forward Dennis Wekesa is positive their resilience will help them establish a 2-0 advantage.
“We know we are playing the defending champions who have excellent players individually. Just like we did in game one, we will throw our first punch to start well to the game and I feel it was important as it gave us the critical momentum that helped us to hold them off,” Wekesa said.
Wekesa has rallied his teammates to duck early fouls and improve on their interior defense if they are to secure victory on Saturday.
“The key to our win in game one was our ability to adjust despite struggling to box them out properly in the first quarter. However, we adjusted well and managed to hold on for the most important win.”
Trevor Gari and Cillah Derrick combined for 36 points while Allan Kibira dropped 12 points as the sophomores cruised to victory.
Veteran William Ochieng was Ulinzi’s shining light as he dropped his team’s game-high of 20 points while seasoned point guard Erick Mutoro sunk 15 points.
Meanwhile, Lakeside skipper Basil Ogembo has appealed to well-wishers to help them see out the season as they are facing financial challenges that may hamper their bright start to the playoffs.
“We are among the few self-sponsored sides in the league and am afraid we may fail to honor our second game because of the financial challenges that we are going through at the moment.
“We welcome well-wishers who can help our course of making it to the finals.”
GAME ONE RESULTS
Equity Hawks 67-72 UON Terror
Equity Bank 73-36 ANU
KCA 38-20 MMU
FootPrints 49-47 Western Delight
Zetech Universty 62-29 Eagle Wings
City Thunder 39-68 Strathmore Blades
MAB 74-62 Mustangs
UON Dynamites 31-47 Storms