KCB Lions beat reigning champions Co-operative Bank of Kenya 67-59 in a top Premier League play off match at Nyayo Stadium gymnasium. Lions roared to a 31-23 lead at the break and refused to be cowed as Ancette Wafula, Tobias Onyango, Chriza Ntirara and Roy
Kahure stamped their authority early to take a 1-0 lead in the best of three series. "It was important to win this game. We will do our best in the next one," said KCB coach Francis 'Officer' Ngunjiri. Game Two and if possible Game Three will be on this weekend.
Co-op Bank tried to come back later in the game but Lions hanged on for a crucial win. Wafula led KCB with 23 points while Ntirara had 11. Kahure scored 10 for Co-op Bank, Joseph Khemba 19, Tony Abondo 18 while James Mwangi made 11.
In the women's semis, Hilda Indasi and Cynthia Irankunda each contributed 19 points to lift United States International (USIU) to a 69-55 win over Co-op Bank to set one foot in the finals. The bankers, who missed play maker Irene Makori trailed 28-34 at the breather and had 15 points from Celia Asila.
In the lower division, Nairobi Aviation College (NAC) had to work extra hard to beat Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) in a tight show. NAC had 19 points from Byron Job while Franklin Delano also scored 18.
In the classification matches, Strathmore Blades cut Thunder 43-36. Sammy Kirya posted 18 points for Thunder while winners had no one scoring in double figures. Sprite Storms dismissed Strathmore University Swords 31-22 in a low scoring tie. Susan Akinyi managed the winners 18.