Lynette Matheka @PeopleSports11
The semi-finals of the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) league play-offs commence this weekend with tough competition expected as Strathmore Blades face Ulinzi Warriors while holders Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) take on Co-operative Bank’s Spartans in the men’s category.
Blades qualified for the semis for the first time after beating United States International University – Africa (USIU-A) Tigers 2-1 in the quarter finals and they have an uphill task when they take on Warriors who were first to qualify after overpowering Nairobi city’s Thunder 2-0. KPA made it to the semis after being awarded a walk over against Equity men in Game One and beating the bankers 84-79 over the weekend in Game Two.
Despite Equity’s Alex Lugasi emerging the top scorer in the match with 24 points, it was not enough to steal the match from the on-form KPA who are out to prove that their 2016 title was no fluke but the side has to first overpower Spartans in what will be a repeat of last season’s finals.
The women’s category holders Equity Bank’s Hawks, KPA ladies, USIU-A’s Flames and Cooperative Bank ladies have also qualified for the semi-finals that will be played in a best of five format and will be continued next year after this weekend’s fixtures as teams are set to go on holiday break.
Separately, the African Dream basketball tournament was played over the weekend in Mombasa where Afro Stars won the under 14 girls category 11-2 against Aga Khan.
Mathare won the boys category 14-13 against FAM in the same age group while Feba won in the under 18 girls category beating Team Pracky 30-18. FAM ran away with the under 18 boys title after thumping Aga Khan 54-25.