JKL Dolphins vs. Power became the third men’s quarterfinal series that will require a decider after the former won game two 76-64 Friday night.
With KIU Titans and Ndejje Angels bouncing back against Warriors and City Oilers early in the week, JKL’s win confirms 3 series will be decided in the tie breaker. KCCA play UCU Canons Saturday and must win to confirm all four quarters being decided in a third game.
Ivan Lumanyika put up a superb show on the night as the Dolphins leveled the series to force a decisive game 3 set for Sunday.
Power started the game on the back foot with Jude Ochen opening the first quarter with three shots behind the arc as JKL led 12-04.
The five-time champions would bounce back and end the quarter leading 14-13.
The game stayed close in the second quarter and Power led by 2 (32-30) at halftime with JKL ensuring the gap remained within range.
The third quarter made the difference for the Dolphins as Lumanyika, Brian Namake and Yesman Bushiri started clicking on offence.
Even with Daniel Monoja and Brian Muramba struggling on the night, Lumanyika played the best game of his season and protected the rim on top of scoring.
The Dolphins outscored Power 30-18 to lead 60-50 going into the final quarter.
Henry Malinga’s side maintained a 10-point difference through the fourth quarter and went on to win the game and tie the series.
Lumanyika posted a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds while Ochen added 19 points.
Namake and Bushiri posted 17 and 10 points respectively.
Joseph Ikong and Philip Ameny led Power with 12 points apiece but those were not enough for the team to close out the series.
The two sides will meet on Sunday in a winner takes all affair.
Lady Canons progress
UCU Lady Canons defeated A1 Challenge 63-41 to clinch the series and progress to the semifinals.
A1 needed to win to keep their season alive but failed to stay in the game as UCU ran away in the second quarter.
Priscilla Abei came off the bench to score 15 points and collect 14 rebounds to guide the Lady Canons to victory.
Zainah Lokwameri added 22 points and was the only other UCU player in double figures on the night.
Georgia Adhiambo and Elizabeth Akol scored 12 and 11 points for A1 but those were not enough for the side to force a decider.
The Lady Canons will face KCCA Leopards at the semifinal stage.