The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Co-Op Lock Out Ulinzi in Play-Offs

REIGNING champions Co-op Bank of Kenya tossed Ulinzi Warriors out of the Premier League play off semis with a 75-56 win at Nyayo gymnasium.

The bankers, who barely survived 60-59 in Game One, taught the soldiers a few lessons as they went to the break with a 35-20 cushion. Ulinzi had no style and technical finesse to match Co-op Bank who were led by the stylish Titus Musembi with 15 points.

Joseph Situma and Brian Busu nailed 10 each for the winners while William Ochieng scored 18 and James Omune shot 13 for Ulinzi. United States International University (USIU) beat Strathmore University 76-67 in over time in another tough show.

Both teams were dead-locked 61-61 in normal time with the Tigers leading the extra five minutes 15-6. Victor Bosire and Arou Ramadhann nailed 15 each with Alvin Nyangweso making 11. Nick Konya helped Blades cut with 17 and Cliff Okoth bagged 14.

Women's champions Eagle Wings also locked Strathmore University out with a 61-29 thrashing. The winners led 24-12 and moved up swiftly after the break with Rebecca Sarange scoring 16 and Samba Mjomba (12). Swords had 10 from Grace Wanjiku.

The other tie saw Usiu beat NYTA Shimba Hillas 45-35 as Hilda Indasi made 19 for the Flames who trailed 12-16 at the breather. Co-op Bank also thumped Western Delight 54-27 after a 24-16 half time score-line. Linda Alando made 17 points for Co-op.

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