Saturday, May 15
*Angels 42-60 KCCA Leopards
*Betway Power 70-82 UPDF Tomahawks
*JKL Lady Dolphins 78-62 KIU Rangers
*Nam Blazers 68-78 KIU Titans
Sunday, May 16
*Angels Vs Nkumba Lady Marines, 10am
*JKL Dolphins Vs Ndejje Angels, 12pm
*Nabisunsa Vs KIU Rangers, 2pm
*KIU Titans Vs UPDF Tomahawks, 4pm
Kenyan Ariel okall bagged a double double to lift KIU Titans over resilient Nam Blazers in a NBL duel at Kansanga on Saturday.
The Power forward cum Centre who joined the Titans this season, shot 9-of-15 from the field to finish with 18 points and as many rebounds in a monstrous performance.
Faisal Aden posted game high 20 points including four threes from seven attempts while Denis Balungu (14) was the other Titans player who scored in double digits.
Paul Odongo managed 16 points while Chris Omanye had 15 and Deng Dikong contributed 13 but it was not enough to drive a Blazers offense that shot 36% overall.
Francis Azolibe scored 12 while Geoffrey Soro (8) chipped in with eight.
The reserves of Daniel Manoja, Daniel Juuko, Emmanuel Okumu and Chuol Nyuot shot a combined 1-of-8 from the field on a day to forget as Nam Blazers supporting cast failed to show up.
Bwanga laid up to post KIU Titans first points and set the tone for a 19-10 first quarter lead built on Okall’s eight points.
The Blazers cut the lead to four points going into the second half but back to back threes from Aden and Balungu gave Titans a 10-point lead at the start of the third.
The Titans never put the foot wrong and led by 18 at one point in the fourth quarter before powering to another victory.
KIU, coached by Brian Wathum, have won three from four with their only loss coming in the hands of JKL Dolphins and will face UPDF Tomahawks on Sunday.
The Namuwongo Blazers remain on three wins from five games but will be hoping to make amends against JKL Dolphins next Saturday.
What The Coaches Said:
Brian Wathum (KIU) – I am happy with this win. Defence won us the game today, we had a lot of steals in the middle of court and I credit our defence because this is what we have been practising this whole week. If we can defend against this team we stand a pretty good chance. Its had to be consistent all four quarters but winning three of four is not bad. Those are mistakes we can work on.
Stephen Nyeko (Nam Blazers) – It has been a good game though we were on a receiving end but I think we can do better. We had some defensive lapses that got us off good especially defending those threes. We really start slow, all our first quarters have been like this but its something we need to work on.