Uganda’s men senior basketball team, the Silverbacks, had a poor start to the 2019 FIBA Africa Zone V championship that got underway on Wednesday at Indoor Arena in Lugogo, Kampala.
Uganda despite full backing from the home crowd, lost 61-70 to a resolute Kenya side.
“It was tough for us, our shots didn’t drop,” started the team’s guard Jimmy Enabu. “We got ourselves so many opportunities but we didn’t knock them down. We let them get so many defensive rebounds and that hurt us.”
In a losing effort, Brandon Davies had 15 points and 21 rebounds. Robinson Opong and Tonny Drilleba managed to garner 12 and 11 points respectively.
“This loss doesn’t shake our confidence, we just have to do a little better, it just points out what we need to do better.
“We need to make our shots, we need to be more aggressive especially defensively and offensively take care of the ball.
Kenya dominated from start to finish, capitalising on their size to dispatch the home team who had reduced themselves to a shooting side.
“This game is gone, we need to think about tomorrow, we need to watch the film and may be see how we can correct a few errors.”
With Friday being the tournament’s rest day, Uganda will return to action on Saturday against Egypt Men before facing Tanzania and Rwanda on Sunday and Monday respectively.
The Zone V countries are in pursuit of a single ticket to the 2019 FIBA Afrocan due July 19-28 in Bamako, Mali.