BANKERS ROLL ON

ANU fall to Equity Bank despite strong second half display

The bankers, wobbled 80-60 by Kenya Ports Authority last weekend, made a statement hitting ANU, the only team to have beaten the porters.

In Summary

• The Wolfpacks got off to a poor start as they chased the game by trailing 9-29 in the first quarter and 11-16 in the second.

• In the women's match, Liz Abayo dropped 10 points to lead Storms to a 44-38 win over Strathmore University Swords. 

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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Equity Bank Dumas dismissed Africa Nazarene University (ANU) 72-66 in a Kenya National Basketball League (KNBL) at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.

The bankers, wobbled 80-60 by Kenya Ports Authority last weekend, made a statement by hitting ANU, the only team to have beaten the porters.

The Wolfpacks got off to a poor start as they chased the game by trailing 9-29 in the first quarter and 11-16 in the second. But they showed their mettle after the break, taking over the proceedings with a strong 20-15 and 26-12 display in the last two quarters.

"We started the game badly and trailed by 25 points in the first half. We did well after the break almost catching up but time was not on our side," said ANU's coach Mike Oluoch.

"It was a good show considering we have not also trained well since we opened this week. We will improve though."

In the women's match, Liz Abayo dropped 10 points to lead Storms to a 44-38 win over Strathmore University Swords. The students led 20-16 at the break after both sides tied 8-8 in the opening quarter.

Storms took over 15-8 and 13-10 in the last half. "I am proud of the girls. We have not played for over a month. We struggled in the first half because I was testing everybody to see who was in the game," said Storms coach Abel Nson

"In the second half, we got the rhythm and did well from there. But there is still room for improvement."

Strathmore University coach Ronny Owino said his team had suffered injuries to key players a few days before the future.

The other games saw former champions Ulinzi Warriors gun down Umoja 49-31 in a low-scoring tie. Warriors Antonio Bwire was the only player to notch double-figure scores in the game as he registered 17 points.

In the lower division, the Strathmore University Team Two dismissed Footprints 45-37 in the women's match. Hope beat Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS) 54-45 and United States International University hit Strathmore University 61-48.

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