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NBL Playoffs: KIU Outmuscle Warriors To Square Series In Heated Game

Monday, September 23
*KIU Rangers 69-55 Nkumba Lady Marines
*KIU Titans 69-59 Warriors

Denis Balungu scored a game-high 22 points with 14 rebounds while Nunda Kiryowe and Michael Bwanga provided needed support as the KIU Titans leveled their quarter final series against the Warriors with a 69-59 victory in Game 2 at the Indoor Arena on Monday.

The best-of-three series is tied at one game apiece ahead of Game three – the decider on Saturday at YMCA, Wandegeya.

Whatever could go wrong did for Warriors – The side lost Samad Imran just after 32 seconds into the game, Michael Buzangu fouled out in a game their players and fans felt the officials poorly handled the game.

Denis Balungu (green) fights for the Ball

Notably, one fan was escorted out by bouncers after he threw a bottle on court towards referee Mariam Birungi to show his discontent.

The victory for Brian Wathum’s Titans, who welcomed back Kazungu Ethienel, is a big statement to doubters as the University side looked pedestrians in an insipid 47-39 game one loss on Friday.

Both teams played with high energy right from the start but KIU took a slender 34-32 lead at the long break.

KIU recorded a quick eight point run at the start of the third quarter before they were pegged back as Warriors tied the game 50 all at one point.

Titans, despite a brief scuffle between teammates Sudi Ulanga and Bwanga, managed to up their defensive aggression to frustrate Warriors who fired blanks down the stretch.

Brian Ssentongo leads KIU’s wild celebrations on the bench.

Buzangu (15), Gatwech Kutai (12), Stanley Mugerwa (11) and Mark Opio (10) all scored in double figures but their efforts proved in vain and will seek to bounce back for game three come Saturday.

Elsewhere, Ninette Uwineza collected a double double of 25 points and 16 rebounds as KIU Rangers sent Nkumba Marines into early preparations for next season. Ines Kanyamuza and Brenda Aujat managed 15 and 12 points respectively.

Fina Busingye had 20 points and Brenda Ekone added 18 but the efforts were not enough to avoid a sweep.

Action returns on Wednesday with KCCA Leopards facing Angels while Ndejje Angels will seek to level series against City Oilers.

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