(Action between JKL and Power at YMCA. Mugabi photo)
JKL may not be a walk over this season.
Sunday, April 28
*YMCA Lady Hamsters – Angels
*MUK Sparks 37-64 UMU Ravens
*Nkumba Lady Marines 49-76 JKL Lady Dolphins
*Our Saviour 57-68 Sharing Youth
*JKL Dolphins 62-59 Betway Power
JKL Dolphins managed to edge Betway Power in a dramatic league game played at YMCA Court in Wandegeya, Kampala.
The Dolphins who trailed for most part of the game, scrapped out a hard fought 62-58 win to remain both unbeaten and on top of the log with four wins from as many games.
Jude Ochen was in staring role with a team high 14 points off the bench while Ferdinand Odama collected 13 points, 11 coming from the line.
Syrus Kiviiri, the only Power player to reach double point figures, scored a game high 24 points in a losing effort.
JKL Dolphins remain unbeaten after previous wins against Kampala University, KCCA and Our Saviour.
This was Power’s first loss since falling to City Oilers in the opener. The side had beaten up on KIU Titans in their second game of the season.
JKL Dolphins will now face KIU Titans on May 5 while wounded Betway Power will seek for resuscitation against Warriors on May 3.
JKL Dolphins Complete Comeback
Leading 26-21 at the long break, Syrus Kiviiri and Philip Ameny scored threes in quick succession at the start of third quarter as Power opened up a 11 point lead. And it all but looked over for the Dolphins – but more drama was yet to come.
Fast forward, Yesman Bushiri laid up to tie the game 44-44 with 05:46 on the clock inside the fourth quarter before Jude Ochen fired from way down town to get JKL in front.
The Dolphins who extended their lead to nine points with about than a minute on clock almost bottled it up when Power pulled a late surge to almost force an overtime. Isaac Afidra and Amini Mkosa both had their three point game tying shots chances but their attempts rattled on the rim in closing seconds as JKL lived on borrowed time.
At the end of the game, JKL technical director Fredricks ‘Freedom’ Owora crossed the centre court while punching both of his arms in air with a sigh of relief. He joined the few jubilant JKL fans in celebrations who were more vocal from the opposite end than Power’s.
It’s not a big statement to beat Betway Power in the regular season even by JKL’s standards, but its a big motivation to a club that wants to protrude into the top teams in the country.
Even with most of their stars this season like Brian Namake, Yesman Bushiri and Joseph Wacha not being at their best, the side managed to recover as Power squandered an eleven point lead.
Men Table Standings
- JKL Dolphins 4-0
- City Oilers 3-0
- Ndejje Angels 2-1
- Sharing Youth 2-1
- Betway Power 1-2
- KIU Titans 1-2
- Warriors 2-0
- UCU Canons 2-0
- Our Saviour 0-3
- Falcons 0-3
- Kampala University 0-3
- KCCA Men 0-2
*Win – Loss