Saturday, July 23
•Nkumba Lady Marines 53-98 JKL Lady Dolphins
•Tropical Royals 72-64 Victoria University
•Falcons 60-106 Ndejje University Angels
•Power 78-66 UPDF Tomahawks
Sunday, July 24
•Magic Stormers Vs UCU Lady Canons – 10am
•KCCA Panthers Vs Nam Blazers – 12pm
•KCCA Leopards Vs Miracle Angels – 2pm
•Falcons Vs UPDF Tomahawks – 4pm
•Power Vs KIU Titans – 6pm
Nkumba Lady Marines have been relegated from Women’s National Basketball League with two games to spare.
The club lost 98-53 to two-time defending champions JKL Dolphins on Saturday at YMCA court in Wandegeya.
Brenda Ekone – arguably the team’s best player ever – who is now playing for JKL, scored 25 points against her former team.
And it’s strong to note that Ekone is a Senior Sports Administrator at Nkumba and has been on the team’s Technical bench more often this season.
But she was in no forgiving mode on Saturday, piercing through Nkumba’s defence with her renown runs to collect 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
Ekone who won a couple of Regular Season MVP gongs while still at Nkumba, added 7 rebounds and 5 assists in another outstanding performance.
Shadiah Mbwali got a game high 29 points, but she was the only Nkumba player to score in double figures, with her tally still higher than that of her teammates combined.
Down But Not Surprising
Nkumba was skating on thin ice after failing to spot good players from Schools to replace the stars that left including Ekone, Catherine Haruri and Susan Becca Aanyau among others.
They were going down in 2021 if the season was going to be played to completion, losing their three opening games before the campaign was halted.
But they never responded to the warning bells.
Coached by Timothy Odeke and Edwin Manzi, the team played like one devoid of inspiration and character.
They walk out with a season to forget that included a game they managed just 15 points in total – a 55-15 loss against UCU on April 2 and have not scored more than 58 points in a single game this campaign.
The unsurprising result against JKL left them rooted on bottom with a 1-15 record (one win and 15 losses) after 16 games.
With two teams being relegated to Women’s Division One, Nkumba can no-longer finish above at least two teams with as many games left.
They can finish above Nabisunsa Girls (2-14) but can only equal A1 Challenge (3-14), a side that will edge them having won both meetings in 60-36 and 71-52.
The rest of the teams in the league have won six or more games and the battle on which other team will join Nkumba in lower division is between Nabisunsa and A1 Challenge.
It’s strong to note that Nkumba’s only victory in the league was a 56-47 win over Nabisunsa, and they will end the season against Nabisunsa (July 31) and Miracle Ravens (August 7).