Brian Wathum Credit: Don Mugabi

KIU Titans played three competitive pre-season friendly games during the Easter Weekend, winning two and losing one.

A 64-55 win over Nam Blazers on Good Friday was followed by a 70-63 defeat to JKL Dolphins on Saturday and a rather dominant 73-54 win over City Oilers on Monday.

In the three games, head coach Brian Wathum played mostly what could be the team’s second unit. While Faisal Aden is away, Michael Bwanga and Denis Balungu could only watch from the sidelines.

Peter Obleng, Joseph Dramaza, Elvis Mutebi, and Henry Okoth all logged heavy minutes while Steven Oryem, Francis Kasinde, Collin Kasujja, Sam Agutu, Oscar Muge and Stanley Mugerwa also got run-ins during the friendlies.

“I want to have a very competitive second unit,” Wathum told Kawowo Sports. “The guys have been impressive. Pre-season is for players, especially the second unit.

“It’s important when these guys are delivering. I thought they did well in transition, 3-on-2s, 3-on-3s. It’s winning those small games within the game that ultimately gets you the result.

“We are not there yet but we are headed in the right direction. The defense is okay because we are doing the basics but we can do a lot better. There are things we have done wrong but that’s the beauty of the game and the pre-season, we can always correct these little mistakes.”

The side has another friendly lined up against UPDF Tomahawks on Friday, April 9.

KIU Titans will start the season against Power in a lunchtime tip-off on Saturday, April 17 at the KIU Court in Kansanga.

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

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