Defending B Ball champs Maseno (Nyanza) bounced back from a shock defeat by Friends Kamusinga (Western) to register a 60-51 victory over Shimba Hills High (Coast).
All is not at the Maseno camp though. It was pretty clear that the lakeside lads laboured to contain and eventually wrap up their victory over the seaside boys. Though Maseno lead all the way, it was not until the 4th quarter that they started to open up a gap against the boys from Shimba Hills. Maseno depended too much on forward Samuel Odera and seem to have a lack in depth in their bench. Having lead 13-11 in quarter 1, Shimba pushed them all the way and Maseno could only manage a 26-23 lead at the half. At the closing of Q3, Maseno was ahead 48-43 with star Shimba Hills guard Mwalimu Heri causing all kinds of trouble for Maseno.
In the other Group B match up, Friends Kamusinga confirmed their Final 4 place with a 156-24 thumping of Wajir High (North Eastern).
In Group A match up’s, Laiser Hill (Rift Valley) also confirmed their Final 4 place with a 51- 44 victory over St. Austin’s (Nairobi).
New comers LA High (Nairobi) also made good their promise of at least making it to the Final 4 by beating perennial campaigners Raliew (Nyanza) 38-34. In the Group B match up, Tigoi (Rift Valley) beat Bush Galz (Central) 78-62. LA High and Tigoi clash this morning to determine the winners of Group B.
Kerugoya Girls (Central) shocked multiple national champions Hillcrest (Nairobi) to win 1-0 and in the process make it to hockey’s Final 4. Popularly known as Keru Gee, Kerugoya Girls started their campaign by conquering Matuga Girls 2-0 in their opening match. St. Anthony’s (Rift) also made it to the Final 4 (boys) by beating Chogoria Boys (Eastern) 2-0. Shimo (Coast) defeated Kianyaga (Central) 2-1 to raise their chances of advancing to the knock out stages.