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Strathmore Blades land their maiden Labour day trophy

Strathmore Blades held off a resistance from KPA Men beating the National Classic League defending champions 42-38 in tense finals played at Nakuru over the Labour day period. The clash saw the University lads rule over the dock men despite a slow start trailing 7-13 in the first quarter before bouncing back with a 13-6 triumph in the second to take a slim 20-19 lead for the halftime breather.

 

The third quarter turned out to be the game-changer as Blades ran riot beating the experienced dock men 19-8 to take a 12-point lead. KPA’s fourth quarter efforts of a 10-3 win only served to end the thriller in a tense note but not snatch the victory from Blades who were led by deputy captain Soja who had 11 points.

 

On their way to the finals, Blades continued their dominance over their University rivals, Kenyatta University, beating them a convincing 36-29 with guard Peter Shilton nailing 12 points and captain George Okoth adding 10.

 

In other games of the tournament, Strathmore beat Blazers, another experienced Classic team 51-31 with Valentine Otula leading from the front with 12 points. This victory was preceded with a 64-40 win over hosts Nakuru Club where captain George Okoth and shooting guard Edwin Otula contributed 10 and 12 points respectively to their side’s tally. Head Coach Tonny Ochieng who handles the Kenya national U18 boys team taking part in the zone 5 qualifiers in Kampala, lauded his young side’s fighting spirit that was evident in their final match against KPA.

 

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