Joseph Wacha
  • JKL Dolphins 62-59 Power
JKL captain Briana Namake fouled out but his side still won against Power (Photo: JKL Media)

Over the years, some Sunday games have not come easy for Power Basketball Club regardless of the opponent.

Their struggles getting through such games in the past have been attributed to the lifestyle of the majority of their players.

However, last night’s 62-59 defeat to JKL Dolphins at YMCA was none like the past losses. Power was in control for the bigger part of the game and looked locked in but were beaten by a side that will have a little more say on how the season goes for title contenders.

The start was scrappy with Power missing the opening seven shots while JKL missed three and turned over the ball as many times before going on a 6-0 run.

After a combined 18 first quarter points, the game started to open up in the second frame that Power took 16-13 for a five-point lead at the long break.

The Dolphins played catch-up in the third quarter and never did, trailing by five (37-42) heading into the final quarter.

Midway the fourth quarter, JKL levelled the game at 44 on Yesman Bushiri’s lay-up and Jude Ochen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and it was Power’s turn to play catch-up and inevitably never caught up, suffering their second defeat of the season.

Ochen scored team-high 14 points off the bench to lead Dolphins (4-0) and Ferdinand Odama came in with 13 points, 11 of which came from the near-perfect foul line shooting.

Syrus Kiviiri, the only Power player to reach double figures, scored game-high 24 points.

JKL return to action on Saturday, May 11 against Ndejje University while Power faces familiar foes Warriors on Friday, May 3.

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

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