The KBF playoffs semifinals started on a high note this past weekend and the usual suspects dominated their respective series. The defending champions  Equity Hawks, faced Zetech Sparks while red hot KPA went up against Storms.

Looking back at the Equity vs Zetech series, Equity won game one 50-45 after withstanding some serious pressure from the Sparks. Game two was all about the bankers especially in the second half. They closed it 58-66 to stamp their authority in the series leading 2-0 ahead of game 3, 4 and 5.

Kenya Lionesses’ captain Melissa Akinyi, led the way for Equity dropping 15 and 17 points in game 1 and 2 respectively. Sharp shooter Betty Kananu contributed 12 points in both games. For Zetech, Chantal Kiyobe and Debrah Obunga were the only players in double figures scoring 13 and 11 in game 1. In game 2, Zetech leading scorers were Debra Obunga scoring 15 and Vallary Kemunto dropping 22 which was not enough to scare the Hawks.

The Hawks shot 5/18 and 5/19 from the three in the 1st and 2nd game, while Sparks shot 7/23 and 4/21 in the 1st and 2nd game. From the 2 point field goal category, Equity was efficient too. The rebounding battle was won by Equity Hawks, who dominated the boards well in both games. Belinda Okoth was the Hawks best rebounder, while Christine Akinyi did her work on the glass for Zetech.

It’s obvious if Zetech want to have a say in this series they must take care of business on the boards. They should also look to punish Equity from from their turnovers, but if the bankers fix that problem they will be hard to beat.

Biggest takeaway from this game is that Zetech are a piece away from being a championship contenders, while Equity Hawks defense and experience is still on a high level. The defending champions still have something to say on who will win the championship. We might as well prepare a spot for Equity in the Playoffs Finals.

Images Courtesy Hoops Mtaani

By Ariel Okall


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