KCCA Leopards cut the finals deficit to one game following Game 3 victory Credit: © Kawowo Sports | John Batanudde

UCU Lady Canons 54-58 KCCA Leopards | UCU lead series 2-1

[/media-credit] KCCA Leopards cut the finals deficit to one game following Game 3 victory Credit: © Kawowo Sports | John Batanudde

Heading into Game 3 of the National Basketball League playoffs finals, KCCA Leopards’ coach Timothy Odeke hoped his side’s garbage time mistakes do not recur.

He exactly got that as Flavia Oketcho drained a clutch 3-pointer with 45 seconds to play and  Leopards beat UCU Lady Canons 58-54 on Sunday night at YMCA.

KCCA were in a common place to start the game scoring 17 points in the first half as Lady Canons went for 28 points in the 20 minutes.

Judith Nansobya (13 points) and Ritah Imanishimwe (11 points) took charge of the first quarter for the Lady Canons as KCCA struggled offensively.

However, KCCA started to grow into the game in third but trailed by 9 points (39-30) at the end of the period.

Zainah Lokwameri opened the fourth quarter with a couple of lay-up shots to restore UCU’s double digit lead but after that, Nick Natuheraza’s worry (second half struggles) coming into the game started to come to the fore.

Off colour Moreen Amoding (8 points) came to life knocking down a couple of treys, with the second bringing KCCA Leopards within a point (44-45) of UCU Lady Canons.

Muhayimina Namuwaya put Leopards in the lead for the second time with a jump shot from the stripe and they did not trail again.

With under two minutes on the clock, Nansobya brought Lady Canons within a point (50-51) of Leopards.

However, Oketcho poured cold water on UCU’s come back with a 3-pointer drawing a foul from Imanishimwe in the process and completed the four-point play.

KCCA’s Martha Soigi scored game high 15 points, Oketcho had 10 while Namuwaya picked 11 rebounds.

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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