Lynette Matheka @PeopleSports11
In a repeat of last season’s semi-final playoffs, Strathmore Blades and Ulinzi Warriors faced off over the weekend in Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) league matches played at the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) Grounds.
The former once again proved their dominance that their 4-1 win in the semi-finals was not lightning in a bottle.
Blades, under tactician Tony Ochieng, picked a hard fought 62-53 win having come from three points down in the first half to mount a successful comeback.
Ulinzi grabbed the first quarter 17-15 and won the second 14-13 to go to the breather with the slight advantage. Rejuvenated Blades denied the soldiers scoring chances, winning the third quarter 17-10 to go ahead by four points.
The students fought tooth and nail to hold onto the lead and outscore Ulinzi in the final quarter with another 17 points against Ulinzi’s 12 for the final score.
“I had faith in my players and even when we were trailing I was confident we had it in us to win. We had a plan that worked well for us and we can only get better from here,” said coach Ochieng.
In another match Trailblazers were no match for KCA University students as they subjected them to a 63-32 thrashing. KCA made their intentions known in the first quarter, outsmarting their opponents to score 22 points for Trailblazers 5.
However, Trailblazers would not go down without a fight as they unsuccessfully attempted to make up for their first quarter mistakes for the second period of play to end 10-9 in favour of KCA. Trailblazers won the third quarter 12-10 but it was too little too late as they fell by 22-8 in the final quarter.
In the women’s category, Strathmore Swords overpowered Eagle Wings to win their match 59 -28 (21-06, 15-09, 11-09 and 12-04). Newbies Footprints suffered another loss in the Premier Leagu as Stormsbeat the side by three points in a 44-41 scoreline.