Strathmore Blades; the New KUSA National League Champions
It was all victory and cheers at the Kasarani Gymnasium last Saturday when Strathmore Blades won the KUSA national league by beating Zetech 56-42 in one sided finals beamed live on ZUKU.
The blades sliced University of Eldoret 112-39 in the semi finals and white washed Dedan Kimathi University 89-27 at Strathmore courts on Friday
The team led from start to finish with Ongoro Joseph- leagues most valuable player, scoring 18 points, while George Okoth had 11 rebounds. Blades have won all the trophies for University championships for the last three years.
Strathmore Blades walked home with maximum points from their all-varsities national classic league game against United States International University-Africa (USIU-A) winning 61-57 at the Nyayo Gymnasium. The men’s premier league encounter was very close to call as no team had the opportunity to break away. However, after forty minutes of play, Blades emerged winners edging out their opponents in one of the fiercest rivalries in the league.
With only 18 seconds remaining on the clock, Blades were leading by a point at 58-57 but USIU-A was piling more pressure. They paid heavily after Joseph Ongoro was fouled and he made two free shots to open a three point lead. USIU-A technical bench then called for a tactical timeout as they sought to tie the game and force overtime. With the possession advantage upon restart, they sought to even the scores with a quick 3-point shot.
Victor Bosires attempt missed target as Blades regained possession. USIU-A hopes of coming back were thwarted with 11 seconds remaining when Emmanuel Soja was fouled. He scored one of the two free shots to settle the game. Ongoro led the scores for Blades with 17points grabbing two rebounds and two assists while George Okoth scored 13.
Kevin Kigotho top scored for USIU-A with 18 points as Bosire accounted for 17. USIU-A led 25-22 at halftime after winning first quarter 15-12 and the second ended 10-all. Blades turned tables in the third quarter with a 23-16 win and the fourth was a tie at 16-all.
The competitive game ended with the free-throw line, where Blades scored 16 points and nine from the 3-point line against USIUs 13 points from free shots and six from 3-point shots.