Sunday, May 2
*KCCA Leopards 97-40 Nabisunsa
*Nam Blazers 51-59 KCCA Panthers
*JKL Lady Dolphins 48-46 Angels
*KIU Titans 58-66 JKL Dolphins
After the final buzzer, you could surely hear a pin drop at KIU court.
Earlier, KIU fans broke the court barriers to access the premises to cheer their stars on top of their lungs.
However, JKL Dolphins persevered as they fought back to stun KIU Titans in Sunday’s NBL encounter in Kansanga.
Libe Makala and Brian Namake scored 19 and 12 points respectively to guide JKL Dolphins.
The Titans handed debut to their marquee signing Ariel Okall but the Kenyan could not rescue his side.
Faisal Aden managed 11 while Peter Obleng and Michael Bwanga contributed 9 and 7 in that order, in a losing effort.
Disjointed KIU Titans Master Of Own Demise
KIU Titans were architects of their own downfall after the side failed to play as a team.
Faisal Aden will take most of the blame as the veteran guard looked completely disinterested with the proceedings.
There is no doubt about Aden’s quality and class and he showed a glimpse of his ability with a series of step overs and step backs.
However, he was selfish, turned to hero balls, failed to set up plays and when they needed him the most down the stretch, he never played to his strength before he was taken off in the closing stages. On the bench, he cut a worried figure, and his minds were far away outside the gates of Kansanga, anyone could tell.
There was less to admire from the Titans who shot 26% from beyond the arc as they squandered a 35-26 lead at halftime.
Lumanyika Ignites JKL Spark
Ivan Lumanyika came off the bench to hand JKL a needed edge.
If he decides to play, Lumanyika is always unstoppable and KIU Titans will confess after his showing on Sunday.
He shot 4 for 5 from the field on his way to 10 points and added 7 rebounds as he shouldered off resistance inside the paint.
He troubled KIU Titans new signing Ariel Okall, limiting the Kenyan to just five points.
He was not at his best as he made a couple of turnovers, but with him, Christian Milambu and Libe Makala, JKL have the size to last a distance.
Paul Ereng scored 15, Richard Ongom had 13 while Martin Buluma added 9 as KCCA Panthers stunned Nam Blazers.
Ekone Brenda and Hope Akello scored 17 points each as JKL Lady Dolphins survived Angels scare.
KCCA Leopards flipped the switch, thanks to Leane Nalunkuma’s 24 points, to thrash Nabisunsa Girls, 97-40.