KIU Titans 76-74 UCU Canons (Series tied 2-2)
A1 Challenge 69-76 UCU Lady Canons (UCU win series 3-1)
Uganda Christian University (UCU) Canons find themselves in a situation they could have avoided – a decisive game in their semifinal series against KIU Titans.
The Mukono side looked destined for their first ever final in game four as they started off well going into the first cool off with an eleven point advantage (27-16).
KIU then fought to get back into the game as they limited UCU to just 13 points in the second quarter; they scored 21 to trail by just three going into the halftime break.
The second half was a close one as the sides exchanged points after quick transitions.
Hamza Nyambogo’s charges led by Norman Blick got the lead in the third stanza of the game and went into the last period with a narrow two point lead (59-57).
The game was to later be decided in the last 20 seconds of the game. With UCU having a 2 point lead, their offense became blunt when it mattered most.
They failed to convert from two possessions after Nick Natuhereza had called for time outs, KIU on the other hand leveled matters before Francis Sokoraza scored his second game deciding basket.
The Burundian scored a 3-pointer to win game one for KIU Titans.
The two sides will now be separated after a decisive game on Wednesday night at YMCA to determine who plays City Oilers in the finals.
Henry Malinga scored 21 points for the Kansanga side while Blick added 15. Desmond Owilly had a game high 22 points while Ivan Lumanyika and Brian Namake had 14 apiece for the Canons in a losing effort.