Ritah Imanishimwe
  • UCU Lady Canons 69-68 KPA
UCU Lady Canons’ Sarah Ageno (R) locks down KPA’s Felmas Adhiambo during the game

The jubilation inside Lugogo Indoor Stadium at the sound of the final buzzer of the game between UCU Lady Canons and KPA was as though a championship had been won.

Actually, it was far from a championship triumph. Lady Canons had only beaten the Kenyan side in their second game of the Zone V Club Championship.

However, it was a game that would go a long way in detaining who makes the African Club Championship at the end of the event given the strength of the two sides.

Both teams had a scrappy start to the game combining for just 9 points in the opening five minutes but KPA were in charge 17-11 at the end of the quarter.

The hosts stayed locked in and trailed by just a point (29-30) heading to the locker rooms for halftime. On return, backed by the crowd, UCU sporadically led the game but later KPA took command again and went into the decisive fourth quarter with a 7 points (53-47) advantage.

Anthony Ojukwu’s charges extended the lead to as many as 12 points and seemed to be in control and headed for victory.

However, Ritah Imanishimwe was not giving anything away as she kept cooking from deep and serving KPA with treys.  UCU’s shooting guard connected on 5-of-9 from 3-point range and amassed game high 28 points off the bench.

Vilma Acheng came in handy with a 12 points and 12 rebounds performance. Sarah Ageno and Rosine Micomyiza contributed 9 points apiece to the cause.

Meanwhile, Betty Kananu (21 points), Brigid Nanzala (20 points) and Felmas Adhiambo (18 points and 10 rebounds) led KPA’s losing effort.

The two sides return to action on Tuesday with Lady Canons taking the floor first against Don Bosco while KPA will face APR in the evening.

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

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