W: Javon Ladies 68-64 A1 Challenge
M: Warriors 69-73 KIU Titans
KIU Titans’ ascendance in the National Basketball League continued thanks to a 73-69 win over Warriors on Friday night at YMCA.
Titans (17-3) started strong with eight unanswered points ignited by Geoffrey Soro’s 3-pointer but after a time out, Warriors went on a 10-0 run to go ahead and eventually won the opening quarter 21-12.
Hamza Nyambogo put Jean Hakizimana, Chris Omanye, Norman Blick, Ethienne Ntwali and Ivan Lumanyika on the floor to start the second quarter and the comeback started. The game was all square at 27 on Sudi Ulanga’s 3-point play and KIU led 33-30 at halftime.
Warriors had a better start to the third quarter thanks to Philip Ameny’s inside-out game but KIU held on to win the quarter 47-44 as guards Jean Hakizimana and Sudi Ulanga continued to cook from deep.
The fourth quarter was a seesaw until after midway the period when KIU stretched the lead to 8 points. However, the lead was quickly erased by Stephen Okias couple of 3s for Warriors to create a tense finish to the game.
Hakizimana stepped off the bench to score team high 19 points and 9 assists for KIU and Sudi Ulanga had 16 points. Chris Omanye contributed 10 points coupled with 6 helpers.
Ameny who played the entire game netted game high 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Syrus Kiviiri and Mark Opio contributed 14 points apiece in a losing effort.
Meanwhile, A1 Challenge turned in another awful performance in the 68-64 loss to Javon Ladies.
Former player Silvia Nakazibwe and Sandra Asiimwe were A1’s tormentors in chief with 18 points apiece. Ruth Atuhairwe came in hand with 10 points.
Elizabeth Bazira, Susan Amito and Vickie Ntale scored 14, 12 and 11 points respectively for A1.