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Dockers, bankers one victory away from ‘promised land’

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Equity Bank Hawks are one win away from qualifying for the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) women’s league finals after taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five semi-final yesterday.

Holders KPA had an easy Game One as they comfortably saw off Storms 80-56 on Saturday but the Abel Nson’s charges regrouped to put a spirited fight in yesterday’s Game Two.

Hard time

The two sides went toe-to-toe in the first period of Game Two but it was the dockers who clinched the quarter 19-15. The second period was no different as the two sides kept the fans entertained for a closely-fought 16-12 in favour of Storms.

With the match heading to the breather on a 31-all score, it was bound to be a grind in the second half and it did not disappoint. The third period ended on a 12-all score, leaving the battle for bragging rights to the final quarter that ended 20-14 in favour of the dockers.

In the other semi-final, Hawks had an equally hard time beating Strathmore Swords in Game Two after an easy 65-39 win in Game One. The bankers had to dig deep for a 61-50 win of 17-13, 12-8, 23-7 and 22-9.

In the men’s finals, defending champions KPA overturned a 22-point deficit against Ulinzi Warriors after the first half to win Game One 77-74 in an incredible comeback.

Advantage KPA

The soldiers had raced to 22-12 and 19-7 scores in the first two periods for a 41-19 count at the breather. However, coach Sammy Kiki’s charges returned determined for a win and registered a 25-18 victory in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 15 points.

They stopped Warriors in their tracks in the final quarter, scoring a match high 33 points against the soldiers’ 15 for the three-point win.

In yesterday’s Game Two, the Soldiers led the scores 31-28 in first half but the dockers ran away with the third quarter to open a 19-point gap and go on to win 71-55.

Game Two to Five moves to Mombasa for the men’s finals as well as KPA versus Storms women’s semi-final next weekend. Equity and Strathmore matches continue in Nairobi.

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