Former women basketball premier league champions United States International University – Africa (USIU-A) Flames continued their winning streak when they thumped Eagle Wings 69-53 in a scintillating match played at Nyayo National Stadium Basketball court yesterday.
Coming from another win over students Strathmore’s Swords in their last fixture, Flames started the match on a neck to neck battle to win the first quarter by a single basket 17-16.
The ladies regrouped to come back stronger and hold the fighting Eagle Wings 17-9 before a convincing 21- 14 win on the third quarter. The latter would however put up a fight on the final quarter for a 14 baskets draw which proved too little too late and Flames carried the day.
Coach George Mayienga was impressed by how well his relatively new squad was jellying and displaying quality on the court, having been assembled after seven of his players left the side.
In another match, Strathmore University’s Swords rose above their disappointing 55-39 loss in the hands of Flames in their last fixture to pick a convincing 64-54 win over Storms.
Boasting the services of utility player Susan Manya who had picked an injury in their last encounter, Swords played to a 15-11 win in the first quarter before changing the tempo of the match in the second quarter for a comfortable 23-10 score thus going in to the half time break leading 38-21.
Storms however came back stronger on resumption but despite their spirited fight; they went down 11-7. The side would not go down without a fight, stunning the eventual match winners as they battled their way to the fourth quarter 26-15 win.
In the men’s matches, Ruaraka based Lions saw off University side Zetech 62-54 in a tightly contested match that saw Lions dominate the first two quarters. The students unsuccessfully attempted a comeback in the third and fourth quarters before resigning to their fate albeit not easily.
In a division one match played at the same venue yesterday, Kisumu Lady Bucks played to a compelling 51-37 win against another Strathmore side.
Despite starting as the underdogs after a 11-2 thrashing in the first quarter, the side came back stronger to pick three wins of 16-9, 17-9 and 16-8. GFE 105 also secured a 1-0 win over Agro Chemicals at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret.