- Result: JKL 68-53 Falcons
The first National Basketball League men’s game played on Sunday featured newly promoted side JKL Dolphins and the league’s most successful side, Falcons.
With only seven players available, the six-time league champions were put to the sword by Boniface Okello’s charges in the Sunday afternoon fixture.
The high scoring first quarter had the two sides playing a quick transition game and trading baskets on both sides of the floor.
The Namboole based side took the first quarter 22-15 but their offence was frozen out in the second quarter of the game.
New signing Benard Okumu and Vinnie Jurua started penetrating the JKL paint to get Falcons going. Francis Karoro and Moses Olobo chipped in for Douglas Uwizera’s troops after a power outage that halted the game for over 15 minutes.
Falcons went on to take a 34-32 lead after 20 minutes of basketball. Things changed after the half time break and after 5 minutes of the third quarter, JKL had regained the lead (40-38) before closing it out with a 6-point advantage (47-41).
JKL poured in 21 points against Falcons’ 19 in the last 10 minutes to register their first win in the top flight.
Libe Makala led JKL with 17 points and 6 rebounds while Jean Philipe added 10 points with Francis Ogola contributing 8 points and 11 boards. Okumu, Karoro, Jurua and Olobo scored 16, 14, 10 and 8 respectively.
JKL new signing Ivan Enabu didn’t feature for his team citing work commitment while Norman Blick is yet to be released by KIU Titans.
Falcons are yet to raise a full team and are expected to unveil a team before playing their next game.