KIU's Geoffrey Soro tries to beat Power's Francis Kasinde Credit: FUBA

Friday, August 4 | Lugogo Indoor Stadium

  • KIU Titans vs. Power – 8:00pm
  • KIU Rangers vs. A1 Challenge – 6:00pm
[/media-credit] KIU Titans’ Chris Omanye will trouble Power’s defense attacking the basket Credit: FUBA

National Basketball League title hopefuls KIU Titans will close out the first round of the season with a showdown against last year’s finalists Power tonight at Lugogo.

With two defeats (to City Oilers and Warriors) already, Hamza Nyambogo, the man in charge at KIU Titans says his side can’t take any more losses.

“We have already lost two games and those are enough for the season,” he told Kawowo Sports.

The two side that all want to dethrone City Oilers have different approaches to games. While Power lean towards playing the high tempo offensive game backed by a pressure man-to-man defense, Titans prefer to set their offense, move the ball a little more to get that open shot backed by a 1-3-1 zone defense.

And Nyambogo says whoever controls the game will have a high chance of winning.

“We have to  control the tempo of the game because it will come down to who controls the game. We have to be efficient on both defense and offense. We cannot let them play at their will, we have to play our game.”

[/media-credit] Power’s skipper and go to man Joseph Ikong will have to be at his best Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Power coach Arnold Lando says his charges are focused for the game as they have been preparing for KIU.

“Players are focused mentally because we have been practicing for this. We know they play the 1-3-1 zone (defense). We have been lacking in transition recently but we will have those lanes open for transition. We can not let them set their defense.”

Meanwhile, veteran Burundian guard Willy Nijimbere who has been training with the five-time champions is set to make his debut tonight.

“He has been with us for a few days but yes, he will play a part against KIU. He has a good shot, he is good on and off the ball and is comfortable from (position) 1 to 3,” Lando said of Nijimbere.

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

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