Semifinals Game 1 results
Canons 76 Power 75
Div2: Riders 90 Berkley 75
Div3: St. Michael 98 UCU 75
Canons 70 Rangers 53
Today: Game 2
GOING into Game 2 of their best of three semi-final playoffs today, Sadolin Power and the UCU Canons are on the brink of either falling off or qualifying for the final.
The Canons edged out a fiercely contested Game 1 with a single point on Wednesday night, rendering todayâ€™s match a no-prediction-affair.
Power coach Andrew Bazira knows that only a win in todayâ€™s game can offer any realistic hope of progress to the final. However, he concedes that it will be an equally hard-fought affair.
â€œIt will be a hard game but the good thing is that we know what errors cost us the game last night,â€ he said.
â€œI think they will be under more pressure than us because they know we are going to comeback fighting.â€
A win for Power will level the series paving way for a climax in Game 3.
Brothers Geoffrey Omondi and Robert Mugabe, with a team-high 17 and 11 points respectively, called the tune of UCUâ€™s offence, often exposing their rivalsâ€™ defence.
In fact, Canons appeared to have closed it out when they built a 51-38 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter, partly due to their centre Phillip Odurâ€™s efficient rebounding that contributed 13 points.
But led by skipper Isaac Afidra (22 points) Power reduced the margin to seven points to end the third quarter at 48-55.
With just three seconds left, Ben Komakechâ€™s attempted buzzer-beater in the final quarter could have won the match for Power after their fourth quarter recovery saw them tie the scores at 72 apiece with 42 seconds left.
UCUâ€™s ladies team also defeated KIU Rangers 70-53 in Game 1 on the same night. In the menâ€™s division 2 Knight Riders dispatched Berkley 70-53 and in Division III, St. Michael outwitted UCU JV 98-75.
Canons and Power rest on the edge