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Baker Kyambadde Unmoved Despite UPDF Tomahawks Strong Start

Action between UPDF and Falcons. (FUBA photo)


UPDF Tomahawks coach Baker Kyambadde has not been carried away by his side’s positive start in the National Basketball League.

Last Saturday, UPDF beat Falcons 66-58 at KIU to record their second victory from as many games.

Fresh from the lower division, UPDF beat title chasers JKL Dolphins 74-60 in the opening weekend as they made their intentions known.

However, Kyambadde who saw his side relegated in August 2018 after collecting just five wins from 22 games, says that more work still needs to be done.

“This team is not anywhere near to where I want it to be,” Kyambadde told The-SportsNation.

“We still have many things to work up on. We need to work more on our guards and I have so many players still on injury.

“We beat Falcons on Saturday because our big men, so if our guards come to the party, we will be good to go.”

Against Falcons, Felix Mukunzi led the way with a game high 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Michael Kojo also contributed another double double of 13 points and as many rebounds. Brian Opiyo and Ferdinand Odama had 10 points and rebounds respectively.

UPDF were in cruise control and took a commanding lead going into halftime, but Falcons fought back and almost won it before Moses Muhumuza laid up to send the game to overtime with seconds on the clock.

“Its a good win for us, we are a team of the same calibre, it was a physical game where we both lost players fouling out. This is a do or die season because its one leg so everybody comes in strong and we believe better games will come through possibly,” stated Kyambadde.

“I have got youngest players in the league, Falcons has players who have been tested so it was definitely expected that experience will come through but it was the endurance that helped us win in Overtime.

“We took the game in overtime under 7.6 seconds, so that was bound to happen, they have experienced players and about three coaches. Such technicalities matter as well.”

The Tomahawks will return to action On Saturday May 8 against City Oilers.

NBL Fixture

Saturday, May 1 (UCU courts, Mukono)
*KCCA Leopards Vs Nkumba Lady Marines, 9am
*KCCA Panthers Vs JKL Dolphins, 11am
*UCU Lady Canons Vs Magic Stormers, 1pm
*Betway Power Vs City Oilers, 3pm
*UCU Canons Vs Ndejje Angels

Sunday, May 2 (KIU court, Kansanga)
*KCCA Leopards Vs Nabisunsa, 10am
*Nam Blazers Vs KCCA Panthers, 12am
*JKL Lady Dolphins Vs Angels, 2pm
*KIU Titans Vs JKL Dolphins, 4pm


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