‚ÄčKPA basketball team shines at home in national league

Mombasa - February 6,2017

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) men's basketball team just needs to win one game of the remaining three play-offs series against Cooperative Bank to be crowned the national league champions.

The team took advantage of their KPA Makande Gymnasium home ground and fans to triumph over Cooperative Bank in the first and second matches played on Saturday and Sunday evening.

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KPA men basketball team in action against Cooperative Bank during their first game on Saturday. KPA won 61-57 in a tense and tough encounter.

The Dockers displayed talent and prowess to announce their intention after managing to win by 61-57 and 78-69 respectively the first and second matches out of the five series play-offs.

The result has greatly boosted morale among the players who are aware that only one win away in Nairobi of the remaining three games against their opponent will guarantee them the much desired bragging rights.

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 KPA women's forward Natalie Akinyi dribbles the ball past her opponent during their first game on Saturday which KPA won 62-43. 

KPA women's basketball team who are the Zone 5 Club Basketball champions started on a positive note by winning their first match against Equity bank but faltered during the second match.

On Saturday the ladies started with robustness to outsmart the bankers by making several baskets which culminated into a win of 62-43 during the first game of the playoffs. 

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A section of home basketball fans who turned up at the KPA Makande Gymnasium on Saturday to cheer the teams.

In the second match both teams worked hard for victory in a very tight and tense encounter which remained at standstill 46-46 in normal time prompting overtime of five extra minutes.   

 Both sides sustained a fighting spirit with their fans cheering and urging the players to either attack or defend. Twenty seconds into the last minute lady luck smiled on the Equity side as they got a crucial score separating them at 56-55. 

The result means that the two teams are on the same level 1-1 after the first two matches and either side can be crowned champions by winning at least two of their remaining three play-offs to be played in Nairobi this coming weekend.