United States International University (USIU) defeated Strathmore University 54-47 in a men’s basketball premier league match.
Already, the league’s top two positions have been sealed by Co-op Bank and Ulinzi Warriors. Both have qualified for the semi-final play-offs.
Since returning from the Africa Zone V Clubs Basketball Championships in Dar es Salaam last month, where they finished fourth, the university students have not relented in their quest.
Before tackling Strathmore, they defeated Thunder 70-60, who are also in contention for the remaining four play-off slots.
However, despite the double wins, USIU have not been in their best form, a worrying sign for head coach Isaac Munyoki.
“We have not been playing the way we would have wanted. We are not displaying our usual splendour,” said Munyoki, who is hopeful they will win their remaining three fixtures.
The coach said he had already identified their weak spots and would strengthen them in good time.
“We are having too many turnovers and committing unnecessary fouls. This forces me to make early substitutions, which in the end proves detrimental to our performance.
He said their next matches against Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCA-U), Equity Bank and Ulinzi Warriors were very crucial.
“We are sure of defeating KCA-U and Equity Bank, but we will need a higher level of performance against Ulinzi,” added Munyoki.
USIU will want to quickly forget their 3-0 loss to Ulinzi in last year’s best-of-five series in the play-offs.
Currently, USIU, who have lost five matches in 15 rounds of league games, have 35 points. If they win the remaining three matches, it will give them an edge in the race for the top three spots.