Just Keep Living Dolphins coach Borniface Okello shouts out instructions to this players during the UCU Invitational Basketball Tournament early this year

Just Keep Leaving (JKL) Dolphins might be new on the face of Ugandan basketball and the least experienced compared to the four sides (KCCA Leopards, A1 Challenge and UCU Lady Canons) in the semifinals right now.

That doesn’t make their ambitions and hunger lesser to win the title this season, according to the side’s coach Boniface Okello, a former league winner himself with Power and Nkumba Navy.

Okello and his JKL Dolphins ladies are leading KCCA leopards 1-0 in the National basketball League semifinal playoffs after winning game one on Sunday 58-45.

This is great, it gives us an edge over KCCA and now we are working towards winning game two on Friday

Okello told Kawowo Sports before revealing what made JKL come out on top against an experienced side like KCCA. 

We were more aggressive, we tried to make sure the bench doesn’t play. So Flash (Flavia Oketcho) and Martha (Soigi) who were their top players were tired in the last minutes of the game

Oketcho posted a team high 14 points and added eight rebounds while Joy Chemutai added another 11 points with six rebounds.

Muhaimina Namuwaya and Martha Soigi only managed 2 and five points respectively but combined for a 12 rebounds each in a tie JKL out rebounded KCCA 50-40

Grace Wanjiku and Salma Akinyi posted 15 points each for JKL in a game KCCA Leopards coach Timothy Odeke termed the performance of his team as disjointed

We just didn’t play together, missed a lot of free throws and let JKL transition well. We slept on defense quite a lot, Martha one of our best shooters was exhausted after playing the Netball final at Namboole before playing for us and she is a dependable re bounder and scorer on our team

Earlier that day, Soigi had played her heart out but her NIC side lost 45-41 to Prisons in the netball league finals played on Sunday afternoon before the game against JKL hours later in Lugogo

Senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering volleyball, football and badminton

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