Stanbic Warriors vs. KIU Titans 8:30pm, Lugogo Indoor Stadium
When the regular season finish pitted Stanbic Warriors against KIU Titans, it was not farfetched to say KIU would sweep the series – but competitively given the struggles Warriors had through the regular season.
However, that has not been the case as the university side is on the brink of elimination from the National Basketball League Playoffs having lost Game 1 of the best-of-three series last Sunday.
Going into Game 2 on Friday night, Warriors’ coach Ronnie Mutebi believes the pressure is now on KIU;
“I think the pressure is on them (KIU Titans). People didn’t give us a chance and I think these guys have proven many wrong. The guys are motivated and we want to seal this and we go.”
Despite winning the opening game of the series, Mutebi was not convinced by his team’s shooting but felt they did a good job on limiting what their former player Henry Malinga could offensively and wants his charges to pick up from where they left off in Game 1.
“We didn’t shoot well on Sunday compared to what we can shoot but I think we did a good job in limiting Henry (Malinga) and (Geoffrey) Soro. We want to apply the same pressure on Friday”
KIU’s goal since the start of the season was to reach the finals and power forward, Geoffrey Soro did not expect that to come easy and it gets no tougher than being a game to a pool of experienced players.
“Our goal since the season started was to reach the finals. It’s not going to be easy like it has been all season. People have tagged us favourites but we have to first come out and play. Warriors will come out and put up a fight.”
KIU’s coach, Hamza Nyambogo barely got anything from his star point guard Chris Omanye in the first game after picking up a couple of quick fouls in the opening quarter and the third early in the second period.
Nyambogo will be hoping Omany is more productive as well as winger and 2012 MVP with Warriors Norman Blick who says he want to give the championship one more push.