Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) men are well on their way to defending the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) league title they won last year if their Game Two results in the ongoing finals is anything to go by.
Playing against debutants Strathmore University Blades, the Dockers came from a near loss in Game One, having won by a titchy half basket, to regroup and win by 31 points (68-37) in Game Two played yesterday at the Africa Nazarene University gymnasium.
“Our performance in the first match is to be forgotten although we won, we did not stick to our game. After that narrow win we had to meet and analyse the match as we made amends. I am happy with the way we played in Game Two,” said an elated coach Samuel Kiki.
“Our offence was not working on Saturday and our shots were off but we worked on that and also tightened our defence. Our opponents tried different offences but we held them successfully,” added Kiki.
With the remaining three matches set to be played away in Mombasa, Blades coach Tony Ochieng will have to go to the drawing board and plot for a comeback as the students head to the deciding Game Three.
“I cannot wish away the possibility of a comeback. Blades came at us strong in the first match and we expect the same in the deciding match. However, playing home I am confident we will kill the game in the third match,” Kiki emphasised.
Ochieng’s charges gave away a chance to clinch the first game with four seconds left on Saturday when skipper George Okoth missed two free throws, giving KPA the half basket win
The students lead 11-10 in the first quarter but the match headed to the breather on a 27-24 score line in favour of the dockers. The third quarter ended on a 11-11 draw before KPA sealed the win with a 16-13 fourth quarter score.
Meanwhile, University of Nairobi-based Footprints won the women National Division One title after seeing off Masaku Sparks 3-0. The side started their title campaign with 60-43 and 47-42 wins in Game One and Two last week. They then cruised to a comfortable 60-40 win in Game Three to be crowned champions.
In the men’s category, Kisumu Lakeside and World Hope have earned their Premier League promotion rights having reached the finals.