By erick ochieng’
Mennonites had a fabulous day when they won all their basketball matches at Nyayo National Stadium’s Gymnasium.
Fifth placed Mennonites men edged Nairobi Pentecostal Church (NPC) 72-67, while the women (seventh placed) overcame basement club Strathmore University with a 46- 40 victory in the Men Division One and Women Premier League.
World Hope soared over Parklands Baptist with a 58-43 victory in the Men Division One duel at the same venue.
Mennonites started the game on a rather low key by trailing the University side in the better part of the first quarter.
But Sarah Anyango, who scored a game high 20 points for the winners, broke the jinx with several two pointers to ensure her team won the first quarter 13 -10.
Mennonites again won the second quarter 14-12 to put the results 27-22 at break time to their favour.
Despite the athletics activities at Nyayo yesterday, the Gymnasium had a capacity crowd who thronged to cheer their favourite teams.
On resumption, Mennonites came back strong for the third quarter, which they won 13-11 but lost steam in the last, which they lost to Strathmore 7-6.
Despite the loss Grace Wanjiku was able to give Strathmore 17 points.
George Kidha was the Mennonites marksman in the men’s duel where he scored 13 points in the win
Despite the loss to Mennonites NPC had the most game high score of 17 points, which was netted by Radhi Ndalu in the battle.
In the Nairobi Basketball Association League played at the Railway Club, third placed Kenya Polytechnic University defeated Don Bosco 57-43; Trail Blazers, who are second behind Friends of Basketball, walloped Nairobi Deaf Kings 60-28 as Madison (seventh placed) edge Kenya Airport Authority 55-50 in the Men Division Two matches.
In the women’s Division One league, Predators beat World Hope 64-32.
Balozi also taught high school side Upper Hill lessons to win 44-37 in another duel.
Meanwhile, Kenya Basketball Federation officials were yesterday locked up in a meeting to deliberate on issues concerning the federation’s constitution.
This was in response to the pledge the federation gave team managers at the start of the Classic League that the constitution would be reviewed.
Among the issues the team managers wanted changed include the voting pattern at the national level which they said would give them a chance to keep the national office in check.