Sunday, May 26
JKL Dolphins 58-71 UCU Canons
(17-15, 12-16, 11-22, 18-18)
UCU Canons beat JKL Dolphins 71-58 in one of the five National Basketball League games played on Sunday at YMCA Court in Wandegeya, Kampala.
Fresh from breaking Warriors unbeaten streak, the Canons concluded a good weekend with a sweet victory over their counterparts.
The game, brought together familiar faces: three players from JKL team – Brian Namake, Joseph Wacha and Jonathan Obukunyang graduated at UCU. While most of the players at JKL reside in Mukono and train at UCU courts.
The friendly derby saw JKL who at one point had a nine point lead, succumb to UCU’s richness in rotation that was highlighted by the side scoring 44 bench points to JKL’s 14.
JKL who recently parted ways with coach Sam Obol, took a 17-15 first quarter lead but lacked the ability to remain in character before UCU exploded notably in the third quarter which they won 22-11.
David Deng had 12 points, Caesar Adoke scored 11 while Peter Sifuma managed 10 points for Nicholas Natuhereza’s charges. Titus Lual was vital in defence as he contributed 11 rebounds.
Daniel Manoja (Dudus) scored a game high 21 points but was the only JKL player to reach double figures on the day the whole team shot 26% from the field.
This was UCU’s seventh win and second in a row since losing 58-64 to KIU Titans. They will face Sharing Youth, Falcons and Kampala University in the first three days of June.
This was JKL’s third loss after falling previously to KIU Titans and Ndejje University Angels. They will face Sharing Youth and Warriors on June 2 and 3, respectively.
*Falcons 78-66 Kampala University
*Betway Power 82-66 KCCA Men
*City Oilers 80-52 Our Saviour
*JKL Dolphins 58-71 UCU Canons
*KIU Titans 67-59 Ndejje Angels
NBL Men’s Standings
- City Oilers 7-3
- KIU Titans 6-3
- UCU Canons 7-1
- Ndejje Angels 6-3
- JKL Dolphins 6-3
- Warriors 6-1
- Betway Power 4-4
- Falcons 2-7
- Kampala University 2-6
- Sharing Youth 2-5
- KCCA men 2-5
- Our Saviour 0-9