REVIEW: Walkovers Water Down Return of Kenya Basketball Premier League

Defending champions Ulinzi warriors were 71-47 victors against University of Nairobi Terrorists.

The Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Premier League returned last weekend June12-13 with several games being played outdoors at the University of Nairobi basketball court in Nairobi.

This was done in accordance to the Covid-19 protocols laid down by the ministry of sports. All teams did Covid-19 tests earlier before the games tipped off.

On the downside, several clubs gave walkovers during the weekend with the biggest surprise being Equity bank Basketball team who were to play against Kenyatta University Pirates.

The bankers who have so far played the least games in the league didn’t show up for the much anticipated game leading to KU pirates earning 2 easy points.

The main reason for the forfeit is not known as we wait for the official Communication from the team’s management. This has put a large dent on their title hopes as they had beefed up their squad with some of the best players in the league.

Other teams that gave out walkovers included Eagle wings and Storms in the ladies premier league.

It was however not all gloom as some teams honored their fixtures.

Defending champions Ulinzi warriors were 71-47 victors against University of Nairobi Terrorists.The game was evenly matched from the start and the students went toe to toe with the soldiers leading to a 10-10 scoreline at the end of the 1st quarter.

In the second quarter, the captain of the Ulinzi side, John washuke took charge of the proceedings scoring the first 5points of the quarter.

He scored 8 out of the 20points scored in the quarter by Ulinzi against 10 by UON. The soldiers won the remaining third n fourth quarters by 21-9 and 20-18 respectively to win the game 71-47.

In the ladies premier league, Africa Nazarene ladies beat KU Oryx 50-47 in a tightly contested match on Saturday 12th.

All odds were against ANU as they had a lean squad of only seven players but they fought their way to a victory. ANU won the first two quarters 10-8, 15-7 respectively.

The Oryx came back in the second half rejuvenated and had a late serge in the last quarter winning it 21-16 but still fell short. Mercy Mumo,20points, led ANU in scoring while Nicole Odhiambo added 11points.

Basil Ogembo

Am a journalist and a sports writer.

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