Wednesday, May 29
*KCCA Men Vs Kampala University, 6:30 PM
*Warriors Vs Sharing Youth, 8:30 PM
(Games at YMCA court – Wandegeya)
With the first round few games away from the end, the fight for survival has already started.
A battle is won by how early you managed to prepare for it. To beat the drop, you have to win your games as early as possible.
The National Basketball League continues tonight with two games on the card – KCCA Men take on Kampala University while Warriors and Sharing Youth face off in the last match.
The NBL, at the end of the regular season (after both the first and second round) drop two bottom teams – This year’s contenders for the drop are KCCA, Falcons, Our Saviour and Kampala University, in no particular order.
Am not hating on any of the four, but trick is simple, KU and Falcons are the new comers while Our Saviour and KCCA are last season’s survivors (did not make the playoffs) after Charging Rhino and UPDF Tomahawks went down.
And the current league table already says it all – None of the four mentioned teams has won three games so far.
Kampala University is the most entertaining of the lot, they have got young kids and their love to take on the big men, impressive drives and handles plus being a shooting team has already won people’s hearts.
However, honey moon period is over. Serious work starts and it’s high time for the University side to start winning games if they are to retain top flight status next season.
Their only two wins came against Our Saviour and Sharing Youth. This is a game they will fancy to win given that their remaining games to end the first round are Betway Power and UCU Canons in the first days of June.
They will rely mainly on how efficient Ahmed Kassa and Joram Kato shoots on the day, and how good will Patrick Seduge plays below the posts.
KU come into the game on the back of a 66-78 loss to Falcons while KCCA lost 66-82 to Betway Power. In other words, both teams managed to score 66 points on Saturday!
KCCA has improved since the season started thanks to the addition of the experienced Geoffrey Omondi and Norman Blick. Frank Ogora is the largest addition and the big man is expected to start his third game tonight.
Blick has averaged 11 points in his six games for KCCA while Omondi has been a good leader on and off the pitch. Francis Mbuyi has provided both the points and rebounds. He has proved that he can shoot even from way beyond the arc.
Andrew Gang, Step Escodatata Nyeko, Richard Ongom, Marc Mathe among others will ne needed to up their game for KCCA to light.