Equity Bank Hawks and Strathmore University Blades, are in a tight corner in the ongoing Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Premier League play-off final as they must win their third game in the best of five series to keep their title hopes alive.
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) men’s and women’s sides have an advantage over the duo having won the first two games and a third straight victory this weekend will hand them the crown, meaning Equity and Strathmore have to win Game Three to stay in the hunt.
KPA men won 51-50 (Game One) and 68-37 (Game Two) against Strathmore, leaving the Blades with the herculean task of staging a rather miraculous comeback if they are to live up to their dream of a maiden title this season.
Complicating matters further for Strathmore is the fact that the remaining games will be played in Mombasa which gives KPA home court advantage added to news that Blades might head to the Coast without skipper George Okoth and Samuel Mugoko, the team’s first choice point guards, who are nursing injuries.
“My players did not follow instructions and we were also missing the services of Okoth and Mugoko. We are waiting on the medical report to know their fate for the remaining matches,” said Strathmore coach Tony Ochieng.
Meanwhile, Equity coach David Maina has blamed poor finishing for their loss to KPA women in Games One and Two but believes they can show the form of last year when they pulled a surprise on the dockers to win the title in their first-ever appearance in the finals, in what was their second season in the top flight.
“We are working on our concentration as this is a final and such things should not be troubling us at this level. We are going to stage a comeback in Mombasa,”