Namuwongo Blazers draw first blood in Division one finals

Namuwongo Blazers defeated UPDF Tomahawks 64-57 Wednesday night to take game one of the Division One finals.

The two sides are already promoted to National Basketball League next season but must tussle it out for the division two title in a 5-game series.

The tightly contested game started with the Blazers in control as they took an early 10-04 lead inside the first 5 minutes.

UPDF bounced back to close the gap and even led by a point (15-14) after the first 10 minutes.

Naming bounced back to take the second quarter 17-15 to lead 31-30 at halftime.

The two sides were inseparable in the third frame as they ended in a 13-all tie for Namuwongo to maintain their 1-point advantage going into the final quarter.

Steven Nyiko’s side edged the last quarter 20-14 to seal game one victory in the series.

Emmanuel Makua was unplayable on the night and poured in 19 points to go with 15 rebounds for a double-double.

His teammate Peter Cheng posted 17 points and 12 rebounds for another double-double of the game.

Edward Ijjo and Felix Mukunzi posted 14 and 15 points in UPDF’s losing effort.

The Blazers outrebounded UPDF 62-50 and the army side will have to work on that in game two.

The two sides will face off in the second game of the series on Saturday.

In division two, Kampala Rockets overcame Entebbe Archers 87-81 to take game one.

 Garang Kul and Ring Ayuel Ayuel combined for 55 points as the Rockets stamped their authority on the series. Kul got 30 points while Ayuel added 25 and 12 rebounds.

Nerbert Byamukama and Davis Niwandinda posted 19 points each for the Archers in their losing effort.

Umar Walugembe and Steven Katabira added 17 and 15 but those were not enough as the Rockets held on for victory.

In the ladies’ division one, Magic Stormers defeated Nabisunsa 82-58.

The Stormers dominated the game from the onset and now carry the advantage going into game two on Saturday.