The first leg of the Kenya Basketball Federation season concludes in the next few weeks, and we still know nothing about this league.
Well, that’s not entirely true. We know the following: the Ulinzi Warriors and Co-op Bank Spartans are the two best teams in the premier league at the moment with two losses each, the least by a team.
In the ladies league KPA are still unbeaten the Strathmore Swords, Co-op Bank and Equity Bank are not far behind; and the K.U Oryx, Storms and Western Delight are all in an absolute mess.
Other than that, the league is a jumbled mess. Weeks of surprising results didn’t do much to help. Who saw Trailblazers winning comfortably against last year’s runners-up USIU Tigers or Strathmore Swords beating league favourites Equity Bank Hawks.
With such results predicting the future in this league has become a useless practice; so let us, instead, look back on the week that was:
The weekend was an exciting one. Fans were treated with a possible KBF finals preview when the defending champions Ulinzi Warriors played host to former champions Co-op Bank Spartans and it certainly lived up to the hype. The Spartans were actually winning by as much as 10 in this game, but that was no problem for Ulinzi. With 10 points in the third quarter William Ochieng had no problem leading the Warriors back and eventually winning 67-65.
USIU Flames traveled to Mombasa to meet rivals KPA, the hosts made their intentions known with a 80-55 win, Flames first loss this season. The coastal side will go into the second leg as the league leaders with 18 points. The best USIU can do is 17 points.
USIU Tigers held their own to beat KPA in OT, it was a close game between two good teams. The Tigers needed the win in a bad way, and it took a vintage team performance to pull it out. Tigers had got a decidedly poor performance from its offense in their games against Trailblazers, Ulinzi and Co-op Bank.
We can probably say that the game has suddenly thrust into the spotlight because of an incident that happened and not who won or how close the game was, while players and fans have protested on every social media platform, the match officials were reportedly busy planning a protest of their own. Will wait to see how it unfolds in the next few weeks.
The big news story from here purely basketball is Strathmore Swords win against Equity Bank Hawks. The Hawks looked good when the league tipped off that a loss to the Swords seemed unimaginable. Well, it happened. Arguably the youngest squad in the league, Swords faced miss-match in almost every position on the court but their fourth quarter 23-13 rally saw them come from the dead to beat a star studded Hawks and go second behind KPA on the league standings after 8 games.
Blades moved to the 5th position after a 77-56 demolition of the Nairobi City Thunder on Saturday. Thunder bounced back on Sunday with a convincing 76-65 win over Strathmore.