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Equity Ready To Bank Premier League Titles

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Equity Bank men and women basketball teams are one victory away from qualifying for the 2021-2022 Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League finals.

Both teams posted dominant performances in their respective semifinal playoffs played over the weekend, at Nyayo Gymnasium.

Led by their captain Victor Ochieng, Equity Dumas maximised on their home court advantage to take a 2-0 lead in the semifinals against Kenya Ports Authority (KPA men). The  two are battling in a best-of-five series format.

On Sunday, Ochieng dropped 29 points, three rebounds and two assists to lead the bankers to a comfortable 78-66 win over the Dockers.

KPA’s ship started to sink on Saturday when they lost 64-54 with Ochieng again being the mastermind of the visitor’s downfall at a fully packed Nyayo Gymnasium.

And after missing out on the semifinals for the past five season, Equity are now one game away from reaching the finals, which gives head coach David Maina the reason to begin dreaming of championship title.

Speaking to Standard Sports, Maina, who also handles the women’s teams, said he was proud of the boys’ character ahead of the semis and believes they can win their first final.

“I am really proud of the players. Our goal at the start of the season was to get to the finals this year after being knocked out in the quarterfinals for the past five years,” said Maina.

“That ice is finally broken and we are now on a championship journey. KPA is not an easy team considering they have very experienced players who have played in the international level compared to us.”

In the other men’s semis clash, defending champions Ulinzi Warriors hammered Blades 79-69 to also take a 2-0 series lead. The service men had defeated the university side 78-54 on Saturday.

A win in Game Three will take them through to the finals.

In the women’s semifinals, defending champions Equity Hawks and regular season leaders KPA women edged closer to booking a spot in the finals after taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the series in their respective matches.

Kenya Lioness star Mellisa Akinyi had 17 points and five rebounds to guide Hawks to a 66-58 win on Sunday after they had completed a 50-45 comeback win against Zetech Sparks.

KPA, on the other hand thrashedStorms 89-61 and 79-33 respectively.

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Juniors Intensify Training Ahead Of World Under-20 Championships

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Athletics Kenya (AK) is impressed with the progress made by inferior athletes at the ongoing vacation camp.

The camps are aimed at preparing athletes for the World Under-20 tournament in Cali, Colombia.

AK President Jack Tuwei who was speaking in Kapsumbeiywo All4Running youth camp which is headed by former world

800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei, said he was impressed by the turnout of the youth in colorful camps.

“We have 26 camps across the country and we are happy because they are training well thanks to the government who have helped in funding them. As a federation we shall do our part and make sure we get some of the best from these camps,” Tuwei said.

Kenya will be seeking to retain the title for the younger team for the third time in a row in the tournament set for August after winning in Tampere, Finland in 2018 and again last time in Nairobi.

AK youth head trainer Robert Ngiserei said the early medication will enable the country to present a strong platoon across the all events.

“At the Youth Sub Committee, we have embraced this program as it will help us improve more on the development of talent which will ensure our country remains as an athletics powerhouse,” Ngiserei said.

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Teenage Kenyan Basketballer Drafted Into Women’s NBA

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Teenage Kenyan Basketballer Drafted Into Women’s NBA

Olivia Nelson-Ododa, a Kenyan basketball player  has been drawn to the Los Angeles Sparks team for the 2022 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

The former Kenya Morans player Sebastian Ododa’s daughter was picked 19th overall in the alternate round of the WNBA draft on Monday by the L.A. Sparks.

The youngster was hailed by Sparks’ General Manager and Head Coach Derek Fisher after she was chosen.

“Olivia Nelson-Ododa was a contributor on both ends of the floor for a UConn program that went to four consecutive Final Fours in her tenure,” Fisher said.

“We’re excited to see how her size, length, rebounding, and passing ability can translate at the next level.”

Olivia is formerly following in the steps of his father Sebastian Ododa represented Kenya during the 1987 All African Games in Nairobi.

The 6- bottom-5 forward/ centre equaled 9.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists for UConn this once season.

She led the Huskies with a59.5 chance firing clip from the field and was a 2022 All-Big East First Team selection.

The 20-year-old forward also equaled1.7 blocks per game in 2021-22.

Olivia, who’ll turn 22 on August 17, was named the Big EastCo-Defensive Player of the Time in 2020-21 and will look to establish herself in the WNBA with her prowess on that end of the bottom.

She has played basketball for Winder-Barrow High School in Georgia, where she was named Athens Banner-HeraldCo-Player of the Time after comprising 17 points and 10 rebounds per game.

She was named to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game during her high academy elderly time and was also named Miss Georgia Basketball

During the FIBA U17 World crown in 2016, she won citation with the USA and latterly dipped gold in 2018 at the FIBA Americas Under-18 crown.

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