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Lower Division Playoffs: Gulu Hawks Stuns Kampala Rockets

Game 3s
Division I
*Kampala Rockets 86:95 Gulu Hawks
*Rezlife Saints 76:62 Diamonds in the Sun

Division II
*Watoto Men 65:60 Governors Basketball
*Miracle Eagles 79:66 Berkeley Basketball
*Livingstone 88:61 Kings Basketball


Gulu Hawks progressed to the semifinals of the Division One playoffs after stunning Kampala Rockets.

The seventh seed Gulu Hawks won a decisive Game three on Saturday to clinch a 2-1 win in the best of three series.

The Rockets, bossing with some quality in squad depth including Norman Blick, were the favourites to reach the semis having finished the regular season in second place with a 12-2 record.

The short-handed Hawks, 5-9 in the regular season, are now a tie away from National Basketball League promotion.

They will now face Tropical Royals in the semis after the latter eased past Entebbe Archers at the previous stage.

Norman Blick in action for Kampala Rockets. Viva Osuna photo

In the other game three, top seed Rezlife Saints managed to survive a Diamonds in the Sun scare thanks to a deserved 76-62 win on Sunday.

The Diamonds in the Sun, eighth seed after the regular season, claimed game one in shocking turn of events.

But Rezlife had to dug deep to win Game two and take the series to the wire.

Arnold Kisekka led the way with 19 points, Emmanuel Okot added 18 points while Gabriel Makoi scored a double double of 12 points and 17 rebounds to see Rezlife win Game three at Nakasero on Sunday.

Rezlife will now face Our Saviour in the semifinals – Our Saviour eliminated Knight Riders at the Quarterfinal Stage.

The two finalists will confirm their place in the NBL next season, awaiting official confirmation from FUBA.

The Division II playoffs games were equally a must watch for basketball diehards as teams scrambled for the 4 slots to the semifinals.

The youthful Watoto Men beat the Governors 65-50 to progress to the semis.

Miracle Eagles also secured their slot in the semifinals with a 79-66 win against Berkeley.

Livingstone Basketball eased past Kings 88-61 and join Emperors Basketball who earlier qualified with a game to spare.


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