Reigning champs Equity Hawks seek to join KPA in KBF finals

Equity Hawks' Hilda Ndegwa (left) and Natalie Akinyi of KPA during KBF playoffs game 3 finals at Gymnasium, Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday night, Dec 20, 2019. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Equity Hawks are looking forward to joining Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in finals of the 2021-2022 Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Women’s Premier League ahead of their game three playoff semi-finals against Zetech Sparks at Nyayo Gymnasium today.

The defending champion head into the match with a 2-0 advantage after their dominant display last weekend saw them win game one and two 50-45 and 66-58 respectively.

A win of any kind will see the David Maina-coached outfit join regular season leaders KPA in the finals with two games to spare.

KPA yesterday thrashed Storms 83-41 at KPA Makande Gymnasium to complete a 3-0 sweep over the visitors in the semis played in the best of five series.

The dockers also had a 2-0 advantage after taking game one and two 89-61 and 79-33 respectively.

And after their rivals’ achievement, Maina is now keen to ensure his side sail through into the finals.

Speaking to Standard Sports, Maina said they learnt from their mistakes in game one which they had to come from behind to win narrowly by 50-45 and he is confident his girls have the experience to kill off the game.

“We know Zetech is not going to let us win easily. They are a strong side with good players too and they showed that they can play ball in the opening two games," said Maina.

“However, I trust in my team and their experience. We have learnt from the few mistakes we made and now we are going for the kill. Our goal is to win game three and rest up for the finals."

A win for the bankers will set another thrilling final between KPA and Equity. Late last year, KPA thrashed Hawks 71-35 to win the 2021 Fiba-Africa Zone V Club championship.

Elsewhere, defending KBF men’s Premier League champions Ulinzi Warriors will also be seeking to advance to the finals when they face Strathmore University's Blades also at Nyayo Gymnasium.

The soldiers are carrying a 2-0 advantage after their last weekend's double victory (79-69, 78-54).

“We are calm as always. The team played well last weekend and now we just have to control the speed of the game and hold off any setbacks that will stretch us to game four,” said Warriors team manager Stephen Bartilol.

Yesterday KPA revived their finals hopes after beating Equity Dumas 81-66 to force game four today.

The dockers headed into the match trailing 2-0 after the bankers had knocked them out in game one and two 78-66 and 64-54 respectively.

Equity still lead 2-1 and a win today will see them through to the finals. However, a win for KPA will force a decider game five set to be played back in Nairobi.

 

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