Makerere University’s women basketball team, MUK Sparks, managed to pick their first win since promotion in the National Basketball League.
The side beat fellow promoted team YMCA Lady Hamsters on Sunday in a game played at Indoor Arena in Lugogo.
The 71-57 victory, comes in the second round of the regular season, on the team’s 12th game in topflight.
Head coach Albert Aciko revealed to this website that the side had to enter camp to change recent misfortunes.
“We have been in camp for a month and two weeks. The girls are fit, stronger mentally and physically and they can score better. That’s most of what we have been doing while they were in camp,” a smiling Aciko said.
“We out run and out scored YMCA. We also played better defense. This camp has been important, and the recent league break as well.”
The team had been camping at Africa hall in Makerere University. The coach explained that the girls being in holiday would mean that they would go home and would not train at all.
In what is of course the team’s best performance, five players scored in double figures. Sheena Asiimwe weighed in with a team high 14 points, Aziida Nabayunga had 12, Aaliyah Naluyima made 10 while Rose Basemera and Lucy Kagere contributed 10 each.
However, the victory came at a cost, with both Basemera and Sherina Mwenyango fouling out.
MUK capitalised on YMCA’s lack of enough personnel as the shorthanded side missed the ever dependable Naomi Bosibori, a game they played with only two bench players.
MUK Sparks looked determined from the start, winning the first quarter 14-19 before taking a 30-39 lead at halftime. The side managed to remain in character before clinching a deserved victory which could later call for a team meeting outside the Arena that went on for some good minutes.
With a lot of work still needs to be done, MUK have struggled with their shots especially from the three point range. They shot an ugly 3 of 16 on the day from downtown.
Its also not known when team captain Ruth Nangiro, who is in Gulu for business, will return.
“We have to keep playing hard and we’ll like we did against YMCA,” adds Coach Aciko, formerly at KCCA Leopards. “About surviving relegation, it’s going to take for us to win every game we can win, especially against the small teams. We will continue playing hard and hope the the best results.”
Next on the menu for MUK is UMU Ravens on Saturday before facing A1 Challenge in seven days.