Sunday, April 14
*Angels 60-61 Nkumba Lady Marines
*A1 Challenge 46-52 YMCA Lady Hamsters
*Our Saviour 54-77 JKL Dolphins
*Ndejje Angels Vs UCU Canons
UCU Canons edged Ndejje Angels as the curtains for the opening weekend of the National Basketball League (NBL) went down.
The University derby, fourth game on Sunday at Lugogo, lived to the billing as both sides were up for the occasion, but it was the Mukono side that managed to flourish.
UCU were outright favourites before the game – the side beat Ndejje both games in last season’s regular season 74-69 and 62-59 – but Walker Obedi’s sides were not to go down easily without a fight.
UCU coach Nicholas Natuhereza started with Baale Fayed, Joas Maheta, Fadhil Chuma, David Deng and Isaiah Mabeny, and the quintet set the pace.
UCU shot 10 for 26 from outside the three point arc, with Mabeny contributing a whooping 5-7 in a game that was symbolic of unrelenting performance.
Deng came out big from both ends, scoring a double double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Debutant Baale who impressed with five points, two rebounds and as many assists.
Despite turning the ball 21 times, the Angels kept pressing especially down the stretch to cut the lead to five points, in a game they trailed from start to finish.
Some Ndejje players were lacking, but that could not be said of Innocent Ochera who gathered 22 points, and Salim Kisily.
Besides Adoke, all UCU bench of Zeramula, Lual, Kasasa, Osama, Ibanda contributed to the score.
UCU, fourth on the log, have a pleasing fixture by their standards as they will face Our Saviour, KCCA and Kampala University in April. However, they will tussle Betway Power and Oilers back to back in their opening games of May.
Bernard Okumu (20), Daniel Monoja (16) Yesman Bushiri (14) were in beating mode as JKL tore Our Saviour into threads. Joseph Wacha also made five points and 14 rebounds.
Angels almost caused a shocker when they recovered from 30-36 at the long break against Nkumba before bottling it at the closing end, missing the game winning free throws to succumb to a 60-61 loss.
Brenda Ekon was not at her best but managed a game high 23 points. Fina Busingye garnered some shots from downtown in her 18 point tally and Catherine Haruri managed 12 points.
Patricia Alado and Catherine Amugusut scored 10 points each for Angels who put up a strong performance against one of the league’s resilient side.
YMCA punished A1 Challenge for their slow start, doing so with only one bench player as Millicent Winnie Otieno and Naomi Bosibori played 40 minutes each to score 17 and 18 points respectively.