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NBL: KCCA Leopards’ Coach Mavita Reflects On Victory Against UCU

KCCA Leopards are in top gear after easing past league rivals UCU Lady Canons in the ongoing 2019 National Basketball League.

The Leopards thrashed Nicholas Natuhereza’s UCU 73-42 in a game played at YMCA court in Wandegeya.

Club coach Ali Mavita, the only Lady coach in the top flight division, banked the victory on hard work among others.

Player of the match – Sylvia Nakazibwe. FUBA

“It’s a good motivation always when your players work hard to be rewarded with a good result,” said Mavita. “It was a good boost.”

“We emphasised a lot of team work and working together both on offense and defense.”

On the day, the Leopards shot 27 of 86 from the field, and were 13 for 23 from the free throw line. The side also out rebounded UCU 66-59, made 13 assists against UCU’s 9, more steals and less turnovers on the day.

KCCA also collected 32 points from the bench in one of their best league performances against top teams.

However, coach Mavita believes that there is still more work to be done.

“We still have to do better defensively, concede less and rebound better.”

KCCA Leopards players in a league game at Lugogo. FUBa

Judith ‘Ayo’ Nansobya weighed in with a game high 18 points while Maureen ‘Momo’ Amoding contributed 17. Sylvia ‘Baloteli’ Nakazibwe scored a double double of 10 points and 12 rebounds while Alicia Wasagali picked 10 rebounds.

Mavita’s troops managed to limit all UCU players not to score in double figures. Abei Priscilla scored 9, Hajara Najuko and Shakira Nanvubya scored 8 and 7 respectively for UCU.

UCU were shorthanded on the day, missing their main players in Zainah Lokwameri and Sarah Ageno, while hard working point guard Rhoda Naggita retired hurt early in the game.

KCCA’s Leticia Awor (with the ball) tries to direct a pass against Rhoda Naggita’s resistance. FUBA

The Mukono based campus trailed 7-18 after the first quarter and failed to mount any challenge thereon.

On whether UCU made it easy for KCCA, mavita reluctantly noted:

“No body makes it easy for u. Everybody comes out to compete.”

The Leopards have won all four of their second round games, the only team yet to lose a game in second round. They have played 11 games in total, won seven and lost twice. UCU is the last team to beat KCCA (56-71 on June 2nd).

KCCA will return to action on July 28 to face Nkumba Lady Marines before a big test against JKL Dolphins Dolphins on August 9 at Lugogo Indoor Arena.

The league returns this Wednesday with two men’s games – Sharing Youth face Warriors while Betway Power will target JKL Dolphins scalp.

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