After a rather comfortable close to the first quarter, Riham Warriors looked headed for comfortable night in the second round game against KIU Titans at YMCA.
Their coach, Gad Eteu looked seemed drawn in it. “Everything was going as we wanted” he said. “We had control over the game”
Everything started falling out of place in the second quarter. KIU ‘s 16-7 run to start the second quarter swayed the momentum Titans’ way with a combined team effort something their coach, Henry Mwinuka was happy about.
“Am happy with the guys, i think we did well as team. We don’t have go to individuals and that helped us as a team” he told Kawowo Sports
Julius ran at Warriors all night, Francis Kasekende found the basket beyond the arc with his customary uplomb. The Titans found their grove at the back end, stepped up their defense to alternate between a solid man-to-man and a not so sustainable 2-3 Zone but limited Warriors to 9 points in the second quarter.
Kasekende and Collins Kusujja led KIU’s team scoring effort with 11 points apiece. Samuel Ogutu added 10 points while Bol Akol, Micheal Makiadi and David Donat contributed 9 points each.
It was turn for Warriors to chase and eventually never got there out of poor decision making in the final 34 seconds some Eteu was disappointed with but thinks his team gave away the game much earlier.
“There are mistakes like that” he said. “We lost the game much earlier. They (KIU) worked for it but we gave away this game that is what sucks” a disappointed Eteu told Kawowo Sports.
Ronnie Kasewu paced Warriors with game high 19 points including a 3-pointer that brought his team with a point of KIU with 11 seconds to the final horn. Henry Malinga added 16 points and picked 9 rebounds in a losing effort.
Meanwhile Claire Lamunu poured in 22 points and picked 15 rebounds as KCCA Leopards rolled past KIU Rangers 57-49. Flavia Oketcho added 13 points.
Susan Amito had 14 and 19 to lead KIU and Moreen Atulinda added 12 and 14.
M: KIU Titans 70-68 Riham Warriors
W: KIU Rangers 49-57 KCCA Leopards