By ERICK OCHIENG’
Daystar University Falcons picked their third win of the season as the Zuku Universities Basketball League (ZUBL) continued at the recently refurbished United States International University (Usiu-A) gymnasium.
With 44-36 (15-10, 09-12, 16-03 and 04-11) points over Kenya Methodist University (Kemu)-Nairobi, the Falcons moved to eight points after five matches, and are now joint leaders with Mount Kenya University-Nairobi on the Nairobi Conference log.
Falcons’ Joe Nabisu contributed 13 points and two rebounds for his side with Sam Muhire garnering the same number of points for Kemu.
In the women’s matches, University of Nairobi’s Dynamites thumped Mount Kenya University (MKU)-Thika 49-33 (06-13, 08-04, 11-04, 23-12) with 14 of their points coming from rebounds.
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Dynamites had been thrown off balance in the opening quarter that saw Joanne Mittow twisting her ankle in the first five seconds as she attempted to stop Pauline Mwangi’s lay-up.
The Dynamites lost that quarter as Mwangi and Veronica Aono easily penetrated their defence.
However, Trufosa Mochecha’s form in the last two quarters proved the game changer for the second placed Dynamites, as the victory pushed them to eight points after four matches, with the leaders, Usiu-A’s Flames, firmly in sight.
“It was not an easy game at all,” said Dynamite’s Janet Akoth, who managed nine points, six rebounds and five assists. “Some of us struggled to find balance in the first few minutes, with the court being very new.”
Akoth added that it was an important win, given that MKU were technically good, especially in stopping the Dynamites from making three-pointers.
It was the hosts, Usiu-A, that were left in high spirits as both the men and women sides extended their good run in the league.
The Flames butchered an injury-plagued Kemu with a comprehensive 82-06 hammering.
Marelen Bokuru was left unchallenged as she secured 24 points and four rebounds to leave her team with 328 points scored this season.
Usiu-A Tigers served an equal slice of the same pie to Kemu men’s side with a dazzling 86-26 victory that forced the visitors to capitulate.