Kenya Basketball Federation men’s Premier League champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) were the big winners of the weekend after collecting maximum points from their games against Co-operative Bank Spartans and Nairobi City Thunder respectively to move up two spots on the log.
It was sweet revenge for KPA, who withstood pressure from the bankers, to win 67-63 in a closely contested match at the Nyayo Stadium Gymnasium to avenge their first leg loss to the six-time champions Spartans in Mombasa in May.
The dockers would go on to easily cruise past Thunder on Sunday with a convincing 80-55 victory which took their points tally to 21 and subsequently moved to position six from ninth after 12 matches.
Despite the loss, Co-operative remained second on the table with 28 points as Thunder slumped to position seven from six. Meanwhile, leaders Ulinzi Warriors remained at the top after overpowering Equity Bank 86-69 at Nyayo to stretch their tally to 29 points, two adrift of second-placed Co-operative while Equity remained eighth.
Umoja maintained their winning streak after beating Zetech University 65-58 to consolidate their third position on the table with 26 points as Blades kept a close chase behind the former at position fourth with 25 points thanks to their 67-55 victory over Lions who rank 10th on the 12-team log.
United States International University-Africa Tigers stunned fellow students Kenya College of Accountancy 69-65. In the women’s Premier League, unbeaten KPA went four points clear on the table after clobbering Eagle Wings 75-42 and Co-operative Bank Kingdom Queens 82-40 over the weekend.
KPA have since stretched their winning streak to 11 with their eyes set on wrestling the title from champions Equity Bank Hawks at the end of the season.
At 22 points, KPA are followed by Equity with 18 points following their weekend’s 51-33 victory over Strathmore Swords to keep alive their hopes of retaining their title.
Equity have lost two matches this season, both against KPA and it remains to be seen if they will turn the tables at the end of the season should they meet again in the finals.
Co-operative remain third with 16 points while the trio of USIU-Africa Flames, Strathmore and Zetech are tied at 15 points. Zetech were no match for fellow students Kenyatta University Oryx who beat them 55-50 while Storms subjected visiting Western Delights to a 71-50 beating.