• July 10, 2020

JKL Overcome UCU To Defend League Title

 JKL Overcome UCU To Defend League Title

JKL Lady Dolphins Defended their league title

Game Seven
Wednesday, December 11
*JKL Lady Dolphins 62-55 UCU Lady Canons (OT)

JKL Lady Canons beat UCU Lady Canons to win game seven and defend their women NBL title at the Indoor Arena in Lugogo.

The Lady Dolphins, who had forced a decider after winning Sunday’s game six at YMCA, needed overtime to win 62-55 in an epic encounter.

Hope Akello led the way with 18 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in a player of the match performance before fouling out down the stretch.

Tight defense: JKL’s Peace Nakirijja (blue) tries to deny UCU’s Zainah Lokwameri (7) at Lugogo. Stone/FUBA

Ritah Imanishimwe managed 10 points, Stella Oyella scored nine points and 16 rebounds while Namuwaya Muhayimuna contributed seven rebounds for the Lady Dolphins.

UCU’s Zainah Lokwameri weighed in with 17 points and seven rebounds before she was stretched off injured. Rose Akon scored a double double of 13 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort.

Stella Oyella (with the trophy). JKL photo

JKL Scrap Through

JKL Lady Dolphins led 16-11 after the first quarter and it looked like it will be a one way avenue when the side led 44-37 going into the last frame.

UCU came out of the blocks in the last quarter and made a 7-0 run before Zainah left Flavia Oketcho crawling on the ground to lay up and give UCU a 46-44 lead with 5:48 remaining.

It remained an end to end exchange, and UCU had a chance to win it late but Rhoda Naggita hesitated to make a game winning shot just at the buzzer as the sides finished the last quarter tied 52-52 to necessitate an overtime.

With Hope having fouled out in the closing seconds of the last quarter, UCU failed to capitalise on the advantage as the Lady Dolphins closed down the overtime period, highlighted by Evelyn Nakiyingi’s deep three to wither through the storm.

Both sides shot 30% from the field but JKL dominated the rim, out rebounding UCU 61-50 in a game UCU made 29 turnovers.

Traaped: UCU’s Rose Akon fending off resistance from JKL traffic

UCU Have Themselves To Blame

UCU were on course for their eighth record title but squandered a 11 point lead with three minutes on the clock in the last quarter of game six at YMCA to bring back JKL into the contest.

That will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

JKL had the momentum, but UCU never came to the part in game seven, and threw it away when it mattered most. Untypical of a Nicholas Natuhereza coached side.

Ageno gave UCU a dream start when scored from three point range for the first points of the game but missed all the subsequent shots from three point range thereafter.

There were discontent in officiating, with official Mark Mavin Kiyingi making poor calls but that cannot be said of Mandy Baker or Ivan Ssemanda who managed the game very well.

None of UCU starters scored in double figures beside Akon.

Zainah brought the contest back in UCU’s favour but was the one who threw it away with three consecutive turnovers late in the game.

Naggita made seven turnovers, more than the points she made on the day while many will feel that Akon was not at her best throughout the game as JKL bigs showed quality at both ends of the court.

Mismatch: Hope Akello (blue) taking advantage of size against UCU’s Brenda Kayaga during game seven. FUBA

Past Winners:
2019 – JKL Lady Dolphins
2018 – JKL Lady Dolphins
2017 – UCU Lady Canons
2016 – UCU Lady Canons
2015 – UCU Lady Canons
2014 – KCCA Leopards
2013 – UCU Lady Canons
2012 – KCCA Leopards
2011 – UCU Lady Canons
2010 – UCU Lady Canons
2009 – KCCA Leopards
2008 – UCU Lady Canons
2007 – KCCA Leopards
2006 – Lady Bucks
2005 – A1 Challenge
2004 – Lady Bucks
2003 – Makerere Sparks
2002 – Lady Bucks
2001 – Lady Bucks
2000 – Lady Bucks
1999 – Lady Bucks
1998 – Lady Bucks

Brian Kawalya

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