Ndejje 69-66 City Oilers (Series tied 1-1)
The quarterfinal series between defending champions City Oilers and Ndejje University Angels will require a tie breaker after the later snatched game two 69-66 Wednesday night at Lugogo.
Innocent Ocera came off the bench to score 20 points including a game tying 3-pointer with five minutes left in the fourth quarter to keep Ndejje’s season alive.
Having lost the first game in overtime on Sunday, Ndejje had to win or see their season come to an early end.
The start was perfect for Oilers as they led 21-16 after the opening quarter with good ball movement and court spacing.
The lead stretched to 8 points (40-32) for Mandy Juruni’s Oilers at halftime and Ndejje required something special in the second half.
Ocera and Gauthier Badhera provided the spark for Walker Obedi’s side as they outscored Oilers 14-12 in the third frame to cut the deficit to 6 points.
The fourth quarter continued to bring the best out of Ndejje with their defence limiting Oilers to 14 points.
James Okello missed two big free throws that would have given Oilers a 1-point lead and Ndejje capitalized thereafter with Badhera converting from the line to win it for the university side.
Ochera scored a game high 20 points while Badhera added 17.
Salim Kisilu and Samuel Ajack posted 10 and 8 respectively.
James Okello’s double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds was not enough for Oilers to close out the series.
Ivan Muhwezi has 15 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
The two sides will now have to be separated on Sunday in the third and final game of the series.
KCCA sweep Angels
KCCA 68-57 Angels (KCCA win series 2-0)
Cynthia Irankunda put up a player of the game performance with 21 points and 7 rebounds as KCCA defeated Angels Basketball Club 68-57 to progress to the semis.
Angels matched whatever KCCA put before them until the latter stages of the game as Ali Mavita’s Leopards pulled away.
Angels led 26-25 going into the halftime break but couldn’t deal with Irankunda and Martha Soigi in the second half.
Soigi got 11 points and 7 rebounds while Sylvia Nakazibwe registered 14 points and 5 boards.
Angels’ Mellisa Akullu posted a double-double with 14 points and as many rebounds.
KCCA will now wait to play the winner from the series featuring UCU Lady Canons and A1 Challenge.