Quarter Finals (Game One)
Friday, September 20
*Nkumba Lady Marines 52-53 KIU Rangers
*Warriors 47-39 KIU Titans
Saturday, September 21
*JKL Lady Dolphins 72-47 UMU Ravens
*UCU Lady Canons 57-51 A1 Challenge
*JKL Dolphins 35-74 Betway Power
Sunday, September 22
*KCCA Leopards Vs Angels – 2:30PM
*UCU Canons Vs KCCA Men – 4:30PM
*City Oilers Vs Ndejje Angels – 6:30PM
Betway Power switched beast mode to rollover JKL Dolphins in game one of the quarterfinals of the NBL Playoffs.
The five time champions beat last year’s semifinalists 74-35 in a one sided affair on a cold YMCA court in Wandegeya.
JKL were confident coming into the game after beating Power twice in the regular season but its the latter who is now leading 1-0 from the best of three that is having a last laugh as it stands.
Henry Malinga’s side had a poor start, actually very poor to paint a good picture. They lost the first quarter 8-27, failed to settle in the game and struggled to find the best players to be on court as they registered just three points in the last quarter against Power’s 20 to suffer their worst defeat since joining top flight.
Despite a strong surge from the fresh Ivan Lumanyika who hit a double double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, the Dolphins failed to match Power’s pace and momentum – they shot an ugly 20% from the field including just two of 27 shots from beyond the arc.
Syrus Kiviiri came out of the blocks with a player of the match performance – he collected 15 points in a spirited showing. Amini Mkosa played his best basketball this season with a joint game high 15 points while Phillip Ameny had 11 points and 9 rebounds including a monstrous one hand dunk down the stretch.
Power will seek to headline their statement with a sweep on Wednesday when the two sides will renew their acquaintances while JKL Dolphins will seek for resuscitation in a bid to force a decider.
JKL Lady Dolphins officially began life without the integral Jamila ‘Zama’ Nansikombi with a 72-47 win against UMU Ravens while Rose Akon made 18 points and 19 rebounds to lift UCU Lady Canons past a fighting A1 Challenge in the Women quarterfinals.