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NBL: Five Things You Missed On Match Day Two

Wednesday, April 17
*KCCA Leopards 93-50 MUK Sparks
*City Oilers 81-34 Falcons

Friday, April 19
*UCU Lady Canons 67-76 JKL Lady Dolphins
*KIU Titans 61-70 Betway Power

Saturday, April 20
*Nkumba Lady Marines 77-64 UMU Ravens
*KIU Rangers 46-44 Angels
*UCU Canons 79-51 Our Saviour
*JKL Dolphins 77-56 KCCA Men
Warriors 85-45 Kampala University

Sunday, April 21
*YMCA 35-73 Nkumba Lady Marines
*MUK Sparks 52-77 Angels
*Kampala University 63-74 JKL Dolphins
*Sharing Youth 62-75 Ndejje Angels

Matchday two of the National Basketball League brought out so much, including a record attendance at YMCA. Wise move from FUBA.

Betway Power won a game of Basketball, Brenda Ekon with continued her individual brilliancies, JKL franchise flourished as Oilers made it two wins from as many.

Question marks continue to encompass Falcons and Kampala University’s longevity in the league while other teams tried to defy odds.

Here is what stood out, enjoy:

  1. Birthday: Oilers Surprise Enabu

City Oilers proved a handful for Falcons on Wednesday night with a 81-34 victory at YMCA to pick their second win from as many attempts after beating Power 69-66 in the league opener.

Jimmy Enabu, the captain scored nine points and 11 assists in. a commanding performance. However, the story came just shortly after the game.

After the rout, it was business as usual – Oilers players converge at one end of the court and do some little stretching, but more was to come.

Birthday Boy

Bottles of water from all ends was splashed on Enabu, and before we knew it, the captain was heavily wet and soaked – this was not a normal routine, it was his Birthday.

Still in shock about the surprise his teammates and staff had pulled off, Jackie Kuchie came with the cake and the birthday songs were heard. He was making 31.

You could pretty tell that it was an idea the entire team, led by Hajji Mohammed Santur (Manager) was on board with.

Most fans who stayed behind after the game at YMCA had a taste of the cake.

The Birthday celebrations continued that night, with fellow Basketball player and IHoops coach Vicky Ntale organising a decent surprise party (dinner) at Paliv Olive and Spices in Bugolobi, an event which was attended by family members, players and friends.

The Enabus. Courtesy photo
  • Crazy First Quarter: Nkumba Vs UMU Ravens

Yes, the first game on Saturday morning produced a record of itself. FUBA take note, you may need this for a future reference.

Nkumba (facing UMU Ravens) made a scoring 21-0 run inside the first quarter with 5:38 on the clock. Catherine Haruri started the riot with a quick jump shot before Nkumba ran on a rampage in a game officiated by Mass Kityo and Baker Kyambadde.

UMU’s first basket came from the line with Anita Wataka converting her second free throw (after missing the first). Elizabeth Nassamula and Diana Komugisha had both hit blanks in their earlier attempts.

From then on, Nkumba went in hibernation, as they didn’t score again for the rest of the first quarter as UMU also went on to score more 16 unanswered points.

The Lady Mariners won the first quarter 21-17 before sealing the game eventually with a 77-64 victory with Brenda Ekon scoring a game high 24 points.

  • Dunk: Brian Ssentongo Slams A Hammer On Libe Makala

Friday’s Betway Power 60-71 win against close rivals KIU Titans at YMCA left behind some fond memories to the Basketball fraternity. Two incredible dunks!!

Ssentongo accompanied his dunk with some strong chants

Trailing by eight points (37-45) with 1:57 left on the clock in the third quarter, KIU Titans’ Wilson Otweyo’s lay up was denied by the rim before Brian Ssentongo capitalised on the rebound, and then boom!!

With the ball in his hands after the rebound, he lifted his gigantic body, rose up for a one-handed jam whike fending off resistance from Betway Power’s Libe Makala.

Libe, though has some recognisable size, will however live to regret his decision to contest – trying to jump in the tank’s way. He took some few seconds later on to wake up from the state of unconsciousness.

Ssentongo, who had spells with Oilers, joined KIU Titans from Our Saviour and had a good game with eight points and 10 rebounds.

In the same game, KIU’s Francis ‘Odom’ Kasinde delivered another masterclass when he drove hard to the basket before dunking with authority. Power’s Geoffrey Soro made no attempt to block Odom as he decided to watch as a spectator, wise decision depending what had just happened to teammate Libe.

Also on Wednesday, City Oilers Tonny Drilleba also pulled out a reverse windmill dunk.

  • Mark Opiyo Air balls a Free throw

Everything went as planned on Saturday afternoon in Warriors 85-45 win over Kampala University except for one thing.

Mark Opiyo Okidi had a wonderful day before things took an embarrassing turn when the guard, in the last quarter, stepped up to the free throw line and shot an airball.

Unbelievable scenes, he felt completely down and hard done as the ball made his way down the nearby YMCA trench.

He sent his arms on top of his sweating head but they were actually so small to cover his face. His good performance was booed away by that little but big fluffed attempt. Even for an airball, it was way short and poor.

Opiyo who shot 60% from the free throw line (6-10), made 19 points, only team mate Michael Buzangu scored more in another Warriors dominant performance.

Opiyo becomes the second big name to airball on the line this season after Oilers’ Nigerian Import Francis Azolibe Chisioke also fluffed his attempt against Power in the league opener.

Good friends Jonah Otim (City Oilers then) and Geoffrey Soro (Betway Power) made similar landmarks last season.

  • Sale out Friday Night

Friday games pulled the record attendance – figures withheld – for the recent past years at YMCA, thanks to a rich menu and FUBA’s subsidised entrance fees.

The attendance. FUBA

UCU Vs JKL was the first game, bringing together the two best women teams in the league (sorry to KCCA Leopards) for the last two years.

The last game saw Betway Power face KIU Titans, and this was automatically the crowd puller for obvious reasons.

FUBA had prior announced that University students will be paying a half price of sh2500 when their respective Universities are in action, and this fueled the KIU Titans to fill half of YMCA seats.

Also, FUBA had also declared Wednesdays to be Ladies nights – Entrance free of charge for all the Women, and the result was visible.

Santana

The night, unlike other past Wednesdays, was lit. It never disappointed. Including a halftime musical performance from Hip hop artiste Santana who entertained the fans.

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