Blades plot to cut Ulinzi Warriors to size.
BLADES have vowed to cut former national champions Ulinzi Warriors to size in their play-off semi finals series starting this weekend.
A confident Strathmore University coach Tony Ochieng said his boys will win and are headed for their first ever Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) play-off finals.
'We have trained for two weeks. We will beat Ulinzi,' bragged Ochieng, adding: 'His boys have no injuries and are fully prepared and ready for the battle ahead. We have improved tactically especially on our defence.'
The long serving students' tactician said he has good and sharp guards capable of worrying the soldiers in all the series. The matches will be played at the Blades' back yard at Madaraka courts. A win for the Blades will see them take on either reigning champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) or Cooperative Bank of Kenya. KPA are 2-0 up in the best of five series with the last games set for Mombasa. According to KBF fixtures secretary Joseph Amoko, there will be a total of 10 matches on card with the women matches pitting unbeaten Kenya Ports Authority against former women champions United States International University.
Also on schedule the same weekend will be inter provincial play-offs that were rained off in Kisii on December 3. Mombasa's Baobab meet Nairobi's Mustangs of Nairobi while Coastal Kings meet Renegades. The other matches will see Masaku Sparks play Strathmore University in the women's Division One semis. The matches were pushed to this year due to time factor.