Basket Ball

NBL: Impressive JKL Dolphins Upset Warriors

Monday, June 3
*Angels 55-46 UMU Ravens
*UCU Lady Canons 84-40 MUK Sparks
*UCU Canons 82-59 Kampala University
*Warriors 64-71 JKL Dolphins
*Sharing Youth 63-49 KCCA Men

JKL Dolphins managed to pick a big victory over Warriors in one of the National Basketball League games played on a cold Monday at MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo.

The Dolphins who led 35-28 at the long break managed to hold for their seventh win of the campaign in a hotly contested affair.

JKL were vibrant and defended splendidly thanks to the return of Centre Ivan Lumanyika who managed eight points, seven rebounds and three assists while playing cautiously.

Yesman Bushiri led with a team high 11 points while Daniel Manoja and Ferdinand Odama scored 10 and 8 points respectively.

Warriors were absolutely the second best team, shooting just 17 of 52 from the field, out rebounded 33-45, and managed only 16 points from the bench against JKL’s 31.

Warriors lacked many options on the bench as Jonathan Kambala, Mike Othieno and Deng Maker all missed out for the Kyambogo side.

Mark Opiyo did not play as advertised, making 1 off 11 from the field to make 4 points. Chris Omanye (19) and Mike Buzangu (16) reached double figures despite loss.

JKL (7-3) will now face Sharing Youth on Wednesday in a rescheduled game before ending the first round campaign.

Patricia Nakuru and Melissa Akullu scored 11 points each to guide Angels past UMU Ravens. Vicky Akello scored a game high 12 points but the tally was not enough to stop Angels who got their third win of the season.

UCU Lady Canons ended their first round with eight wins, in second below JKL Lady Dolphins, after beating MUK Sparks in a game they made a 35-0 in the second quarter.

Abei Priscilla garnered a a game high 29 points and Hajjara Najjuko impressed with 16 points as the Lady Canons had a walk in the park.

In the Men’s category, Amilcar Ndemesha and Caesar Kizito scored 14 and 12 points respectively as Sharing Youth edged KCCA Men.

Jerry Kayanga exploded with 27 points, Peter Sifuma had 15 while Arion Osama had his best season high of 15 points to guide UCU Canons past Kampala University.

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