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NBL: JKL Lady Dolphins Show Steel Despite Missing Zama, Imanishimwe

Wednesday, May 1
JKL Lady Dolphins 76-54 KIU Rangers
(17-8, 19-10, 17-16, 23-20)

National Basketball League defending league champions JKL Lady Dolphins made light work of KIU Rangers in a league encounter played at YMCA court in Wandegeya, Kampala.

JKL came into the game missing two of their best players – Rita Imanishimwe and Jamila ‘Zama’ Nansikombi – who went to Puerto Rico for Gazelles’ FIBA 3X3 World Cup Qualifiers.

It promised to be a fair matchup as two teams had not lost a game prior to the d-day.

JKL limited KIU to only 18 points in the first stanza while putting up 36 at the end before winning 17-16 and 23-20 in the third and fourth quarter respectively to seal a 22 point game.

Feza Ebengo produced her best performance of the season with a double double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Hope Akello and Jane Asinde collected 13 points respectively.

Asinde on the line. Mugabi

Debutant Ines Kanyamunza had a game 23 points but the effort was not enough to stop JKL Lady Dolphins.

It was a big victory for JKL who shot 31% from the field, however, KIU possed less threat especially at the start, giving away the ball 26 times in total.

JKL remain the only unbeaten team in yhe Women division and top of the table. This was the side’s fifth win after previous victories against KCCA, UCU, A1 and Nkumba Lady Marines.

The Rangers on the other hand suffered their first loss. The side, coached by Sudi Ulanga, had beaten up on UMU Ravens, Angels and MUK Sparks.

KIU Rangers will return to league action against YMCA on May 4 before playing A1 Challenge the following day.

The leaders will take on Angels on May 5 and UMU Ravens on May 11.

Best Performers

Most Points

  1. Ines Kanyamunza (KIU) – 23
  2. Feza Ebengo (JKL) – 13
  3. Jane Asinde (JKL) – 13

Most Rebounds

  1. Feza Ebengo – 11
  2. Brenda Namubiru – 11
  3. Jane Asinde (JKL) – 9

Most Assists

  1. Brenda Namubiru – 6
  2. Ninette Uwineza (KIU) – 5
  3. Flavia Oketcho (JKL) – 4

Table Standings
(Position. Team. Win-loss)

  1. JKL Lady Dolphins 5-0
  2. Nkumba Lady Marines 3-1
  3. KIU Rangers 3-1
  4. Angels 2-2
  5. UMU Ravens 1-3
  6. YMCA Lady Hamsters 1-3
  7. A1 Challenge 1-2
  8. MUK Sparks 0-4
  9. UCU Lady Canons 1-1
  10. KCCA Leopards 1-1

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