STUDENTS FALL

KPA women punish Zetech in league contest

Three players scored in double figures as Martin Kitongo and Benjamin Wekesa picked up 12 points each while John Wiljas connected for another 11.

In Summary

•The porters, urged on by their fans, sailed away 18-16 and 16-13 in a fiercely contested first half that had all the ingredients of a top tie.

•After the break, the porters pulled away to a 16-9 difference before trailing 14-16 at the end of the last quarter.

KPA's Selina Okumu (L) in action with Samba Mjomba of Equity Bank during a past league match
KPA's Selina Okumu (L) in action with Samba Mjomba of Equity Bank during a past league match
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Reigning women champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) hit Zetech University Sparks 64-54 in a Kenya National Basketball League.

The porters, urged on by their fans, sailed away 18-16 and 16-13 in a fiercely contested first half that had all the ingredients of a top tie.

After the break, the porters pulled away to a 16-9 difference before trailing 14-16 at the end of the last quarter.

"It was good training for me. It's not about the scores it's how we play," noted KPA tactician Anthony Ojukwu, adding, "I think we need to do better, more so on enhancing our scoring opportunities and perfecting on our defence."

Experienced Natalie Akinyi and Velma Achieng bagged 16 and 15 points respectively for KPA while Christine Akinyi tallied 19 points for the students.

KPA men on the other hand walloped Zetech University Titans 71-44 at the same venue to keep their top placing at the top of the table.

The visitors surprised the dock men with a strong display in the first half with a 13-12 in the opening and 33-23 lead in the second quarter.

But a first half pep talk by the KPA technical bench did all the trick as the host turned the table after the break and won easy.

"We started off badly. Maybe be because we underrated them. But a tough talk at half time changed the game," noted KPA coach Sammy Kiki.

"We tightened our defence and generated our usual offensive flow and poise and they had no response there after."

In the third quarter, KPA experience was evident as they easily piled points on board, coasting to a 57-34 difference.Three players scored in double figures as Martin Kitongo and Benjamin Wekesa picked up 12 points each while John Wiljas connected for another 11.

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