Friday, 30 November 2007
For what has been a really fast year for me, I got surprised the other day when I showed up to the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium for the weekend games only to find the first leg of play off semi-finals.
Yes the KBF Play-offs. Being a small league with roughly 8-12 teams in the both the men’s and women’s leagues, this is usually the climax of the season.
The top 4 teams at the end of the regular season in the basketball leagues- Premier, Nairobi Basketball Association, Division One and the Women’s league battle it out for the best post-season team.
They play the semi-finals with the 1st taking on the 4th team and the 2nd taking on the 3rd team. Ours is a best of 3 series played one game per Saturday (of course if it goes to Game 3 it’s played on the Sunday following the 2nd Sat.)
The Final is also a best-of-3 having changed from a best-of -5 sampled in the 1990s. This year has seen the pretenders to the crown, Co-operative Bank pushed all the way by University of Nairobi-Terrorists to Game 3 but emerging winners in that last game. In the other semi-final Kenya Commercial Bank Lions played United States International University Tigers to a 2-0 win.
The Final proper starts this weekend at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium with the curtain raisers being the Division 1 finals pitting, newly promoted teams, Telkom men and Jomo Kenyatta University of Applied Technology and the women’s game having USIU Flames facing Kenya Ports Authority. Let’s meet there guys for some hoop-shooting, 3-point play and slum-dunking action!
It’s only in Kenya where last years holders both the senior men’s and women teams, Ulinzi and Telkom were disbanded with the start of a new league in 2007. How sad!