Co-operative Bank women’s basketball team on Saturday garnered two Premier League points in the first leg when they easily defeated Strathmore University 54-32 at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
After having comfortably run over Mennonites 73-31 last weekend, coach Sylvia Njeri’s Strathmore posted one of their worst performances against the red-hot bankers.
Co-op Bank’s Celia Asila, who hit three-pointer, with Irene Makori and Linda Alando also hitting the target for the bankers. Co-op Bank raced to a 11-8 first quarter lead as the students remained shaky.
Strathmore take the lead
Coach Njeri, who has had a long experience in the competition, managed to inject fruitful ideas into the side as the varsity girls overturned the scoreline to go up 9-7 in the second quarter.
But Co-op Bank, refused to go down as they led 20-17 at the breather.
On resumption, Strathmore lost their fighting stamina leaving Co-op Bank’s experienced Emma Nyakweba to do the damage, scoring eight points with Alando also shooting 100 per cent.
Co-op Bank outscored the students 24-10 in the third quarter, with the result determining the fate of the first leg showdown.
Nyakweba shot 12 points, Makori hit 11 for the winners while Carol Onsongo and Dennice Apondi each contributed 11 for the losers.
The league matches continue today in various venues as teams seek to consolidate their title campaign.
In the men’s Division One competition, Victor Okello scored 11 points to lead Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCA-U) to a 54-42 win over Umoja.
A first quarter 20-16 run motivated the students to lead 32-23 at half-time, in the match as Eric Mutoro replied with 13 points for Umoja.
Trail Blazers had no contest beating Africa Nazarene University (ANU) 64-38 in a one-sided first leg match. Shem Otieno was Trail Blazers key man scoring 13 points while Howard Nyerere added 12 as the winners led 27-17 at half-time.
ANU, who had nothing to offer trailing in all the four quarters, had Valentine Wachira scoring 13 points.
Parklands Baptist continued to fade early when Emyba rocked them 54-51 in a closely contested encounter.
Patrick Ruto, was behind Emyba’s good show scoring game-high 23 points which included five three pointers as they led 28-21 at the breather.
Emmanuel Ekai added 11 for the winners while Joel Opinya sunk 21 for Parklands Baptist, who had lost again 54-44 against Umoja last weekend.