It was a great weekend for Kenyan basketball. The playoffs commenced and they came with lots of surprises.
In the 2019 season, right before Covid-19 happened, Ulinzi Warriors was the best team in Kenyan basketball and it has remained so until they faced Kisumu Lakeside in the first round of the KBF playoffs. The Warriors were without their key personnel but were still favorites to win game 1 in Kisumu. However Kisumu Lakeside who played amazing basketball at home, stunned the champs with a 73-61 win that changes the tides of the series.
The Kisumu boys are now looking to close the series away in Nairobi. Will they be successful?
In 2019 they blew a 1-0 lead to Ulinzi and lost the series 2-1. I have a feeling this one will go down to the wire but for now, let’s give Lakeside their flowers.
Equity Bank Dumas went into game one as the favorites but it seems the first round curse is still on them. The University of Nairobi Terrorists reigned terror on the bankers and stole game one. The Terror boys played exemplary basketball and deserved the win. Coached by Eugene Genga, the Terror boys walked out of the bank with a 71-67 win to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Can the Equity first round exit curse be broken this year? Or do UON Terrorists have other plans?
Nairobi City Thunder led by Kenya Morans Captain didn’t do well either. They faced a determined Strathmore Blades. The Madaraka boys were sharp and caused all sorts of damage to the Thunder. Its safe to say they stole Nairobi City’s thunder. Blades walked away with a huge 78-39 win. They will look to sweep Thunder next weekend in a thrilling matchup. How will Thunder respond?

Kenya Ports Authority’s teams had a successful weekend. The women’s side drowned Strathmore Swords 67-27 in a one sided affair. The men’s team took care of business against Eldonets 86-66. With both those series shifting to Mombasa, we can all agree KPA’s teams are looking to send Swords and Eldonets swimming early.

Equity Hawks and Zetech Sparks also took care of business on their ends. Equity won against Africa Nazarene University 73-36. This series is as good as over. The defending champions are definitely not looking to play game 3. The Sparks also frustrated Eagle Wings with a lot of poise and tactics. They clipped their wings with a 63-29 win and are also looking to close the series next weekend at the Nyayo Gymnasium. Storms, under coach Abel Nson, taught UON Dynamites a lesson with a 45-31 win a low scoring affair. Will the students calm the storm or they will be swept away?
What was expected happened and what was not expected added fuel to fire. Whatever happened this weekend is good for basketball in Kenya and we are all here for the juice. Which team do you have winning game 2 ?

By Ariel Okall


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