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Equity Bank tackle Storms in basketball league

Champions Equity Bank will be seeking to claim maximum points when they entertain Storms in their Kenya Basketball Federation women’s Premier League return leg tie at Upper Hill School on Saturday at 2pm.

Equity Bank, who won their first crown last year, have been out of action for a month after beating experienced coach Ronnie Owino’s Strathmore University 51-33.

The bankers will start as favourites to win the match which will see them increase their points tally to 22.

Victory will guarantee Equity Bank second spot in the standings as the race for play-off slots gathers momentum. Kenya Ports Authority, the only unbeaten team this year in 12 outings, top the 10-team women’s league table with 24 points.

Equity coach David Maina, a former KPA guard, will have little to worry him after having denied Storms two points in the first leg.

As usual, Mercy Wanyama, Linda Alando, Susan Akinyi and Hilda Indasi are expected to lead the bankers.

Equity Bank have won nine matches and lost two which leaves them hot favourites to finish in six top positions to qualify for the 2017 play-offs.

Storms have had enough time to shape up after demolishing Western Delight 71-50. Veteran Angela Luchivya, Ashley Bishef and Linet Mukiri will be out to upset the champions as they seek to revive their play-off hopes.

With three wins and 11 losses, Storms occupy the last play-off spot after garnering 17 points.

In the men’s Division One match, University of Nairobi’s Terrorists will lock horns with fellow students Strathmore University from 4pm.

The Emmanuel Ochieng-coached Terrorists complicated their chances of making the play-offs after losing 66-63 to World Hope last weekend.

Terrorists are a distant 10th on the standings with 19 points from four wins and 11 loses with seven matches to the end of the regular season.

Strathmore University are also struggling to qualify for the play-offs and they must beat Terrorists to boost their hopes.

Strathmore lost 55-45 to Africa Nazarene University in their last assignment and head coach Tonny Ochieng has a big task ahead.

On Sunday at Nyayo, Co-op Bank will be looking to narrow the gap between them and league leaders Ulinzi Warriors when they meet Blades in their men’s Premier League return leg duel.

Co-op Bank defeated Blades 77-68 in the first leg and their last weekend’s 51-31 victory over Umoja has left the bankers purring.

Co-op Bank are second with 27 points after registering 15 wins and victory over Blades will take them within two points of Warriors.

Co-op Bank coach Carey Oketch will parade James Mwangi, Fidel Muga and Titus Musembi to battle for two critical points.

Equity Bank will return to the men’s Premier League action against Trailblazers after silencing Thunder 80-60 in their last assignment.

In the lower tier fixtures, KAA will host Nakuru Club while Blazers to meet Neosasa from Kakamega.

In the women’s matches, Strathmore University face Eagle Wings while coach Justus Akhwesa’s Masaku Sparks take on Strathmore University.

FIXTURES

Saturday

Upper Hill School: Equity Bank v Storms (2pm), Terrorists v Strathmore University (4pm).

Sunday

At Nyayo: Strathmore University v Masaku Sparks (8.30am), Strathmore University v Eagle Wings (10am), Blazers v Neosasa (11.30am), KAA v Nakuru Club (1pm), Equity Bank v Trailblazers (2.30pm), Blades v Co-op Bank (4pm).

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