Warriors, UCU Canons progress to semis

UMU Ravens 55-61 JKL Lady Dolphins
KCCA Men 56-59 UCU Canons
Warriors 62-55 KIU Titans

Warriors Basketball Club and UCU Canons became the first men’s teams to confirm their semifinal slots Saturday night at YMCA, Wandegeya.

Warriors held on to beat KIU Titans 62-55 in the decisive game while UCU Canons dag deep to get past KCCA Men enroute to their series sweep.

The Titans paid the price for a slow start that saw them score just three points in the first quarter to trail by 14 going into the second.

Coach Brian Wathum used his second unit of Nunda Kiryowa, Collins Kasujja and Henry Okoth to stop the Warriors in the second quarter.  

It paid off defensively as Warriors only managed 5 points in the second quarter and KIU closed in.

Wathum’s main players, however, chose the wrong day and game to switch off as they fired blanks throughout the game.

Francis Kasinde picked 3 early fouls in the first quarter and that affected his rythim and energy in the game.

Sudi Ulanga shot 4-12 from the field, Ethienne Kazungu 3-14, Michael Bwanga 2-11 and Denis Balungu 1-8 on a bad shooting night for the Titans.

Stanley Mugerwa hit a double double of 13 points and 14 boards while Michael Buzangu scored 13.

Former  KIU guard Chris Omanye fouled out with 10 points.

Ulanga led the Titans with 14 points and was the only player in green to score in double figures.

Bwanga and Balungu added 5 and 9 points respectively in KIU’s futile chase for a semis slot.

Warriors now await the winner between City Oilers and Ndejje Angels.

In the other game played, UCU Canons avoided a decider by overturning a 15-point deficit to win 59-56 against a resilient KCCA side.

David Kongor Deng switched on in the final quarter to get his side past a stubborn KCCA side that had to win to prolong it’s season.

KCCA outscored the Canons in the first 3 quarters but struggled to handle the heat down the stretch in the fourth.

Bernis Ankunda’s side struggled for offence and only managed 5 points against UCU’s 21 to bow out.

Deng posted a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds and was named the game’s top performer.

Joas Maheta scored 12 points before fouling out in the last quarter while Fadhil Chuma cleaned the boards with 15 rebounds.

In the ladies’ category JKL Lady Dolphins swept UMU Ravens with a 61-55 victory in game two.

Hope Akello poured in a game high 24 points while Rita Imanishimwe added 13 points for the defending champions.

The Lady Dolphins will face KIU Rangers at the semifinal stage.