Kisumu Lakeside have kept their promotion hopes alive, as they secured a crucial 57-48 win over Neonasa in a hotly-contested Kenya National Basketball league [KNBL] Division one match played at the Nyayo National Stadium.
The Lakers were slow off the blocks, looking out of sorts with Neonasa playing as a cohesive unit, outwitting their opponents 16-7 in the first quarter of the match.
It appeared the Lake-Side team were going to be relegated to back-to-back defeats but would come into the second quarter with spring in their step, with Justus Okutoyi scoring seven points out of the stable’s 12.
Neonasa would score six points in the quarter, seeing them take a slim 22-19 lead at half-time.
The second half started on a high note as the visitors showed their intent of taking the win as they prevailed 16-11, anchored on quick and movement of the ball.
Neosasa Morans were also not taking things lying down as they pushed hard to stay in the game, with Kevin Kimathi ensuring Neosasa remained, dropping seven points of the hosts’ 12.
The fourth quarter saw the game record the highest scoring quarter as both teams displayed their scoring mettle.
However, Kisumu Lakeside wanted the win more, as they made crucial stops taking advantage of the turnovers by Neosasa to take a comfortable lead as the fame slowly came to a close.
The fourth quarter ended 22-15 in favour of Kisumu Lakeside, who went ahead to win 57-48.