Gibo Zachary and Lynette Matheka @PeopleSport11
Hillary Simba was once again on top of his game as he inspired Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Kisii County League debutants, Kisii Raptors to a 77-66 victory against defending champions Kisii All Stars.
Simba who scored 30 points to lead Raptors to their dream start to the league by beating Nyamira 67-40, was at it again on Sunday in their second match of the season as he posted 32 points in their 77-66 victory over champs All Stars.
Raptors have now won two matches out two and head coach Kepher Mogire is dreaming of playing the top-flight, KBF National League next season. “Kisii Raptors is a new kid on the block. It is a club that I want to promote to the national league so that we can have a team from Kisii in the league. It is a good start and we hope to maintain the same till the end of the season because we have a goal and we want to achieve it,” Mogire told People Sport.
All Stars on other hand, and being defending champions are finding the going tough as they are yet to win a match after four outings.
Despite their disastrous start to their title defence, their talisman Andrew Sunda posted the highest points in the match against Raptors hitting 34 points and currently top of the points scorers chart with 113 points, followed by Fredrick Odendo of Nyanchwa Boys with 73 points after playing three matches with Simba (Raptors) only after two matches he has scored 62 points, sitting third while Kisii University’s Larry Onkeo is fourth on scorers chart with 37 points.
Meanwhile, Stanbic Bank are not relenting in their quest to gain promotion from the Nairobi Basketball League (NBA) as they picked a 84-59 win against Dagoretti High to extend their unbeaten run to 19 matches and the lead to 38 points, four ahead of second-placed Moi Air Base (MAB) in the Eastern Conference.
Alex Lugasi and Daniel Lubutse let Stanbics onslaught with 17 and 14 points respectively with Wena Sialo contributing 12 and Collins Ngira adding 10 to ensured the bankers ran away with maximum points.