- W: KCCA Leopards 63-69 KIU Rangers
- M: City Oilers 65-72 Nam Blazers
Nam Blazers’ start to the season opener may not have been pretty but the end sure was if the result is anything to go by.
Blazers needed to overcome a slow start to pin a seven-point loss to City Oilers at Lugogo Indoor Stadium on Friday night.
City Oilers jumped to a double-digit lead late in the opening quarter as Nam Blazers were jittery with their sets and had been forced into jump shots something that doesnt come naturally for majority of the players in the league.
Amisi Saidi, who seemingly found no match in City Oilers interior all night, treamed Blazers’ dificit to single digits going into the second quarter.
Early in the second quarter, shooting guard Richard Ongom, vet Joseph Ikong and Kenneth Mesho erased the six-point deficit and the fans most of whom were rallying behind Blazers became loud as their side took the lead just after the midway point of the period.
However, Ben Komakech found room to knock down three triples and coupled with a pair of free throws and lay-up from Ivan Muhwezi, City Oilers who played small most of the period built a seven-point break going to the locker rooms.
Namuwongo played catch up in the third quarter and eventually did on Ikong’s 3-pointer that knoted the game at 41 with just under 3 minutes to play. City Oilers would however built an 8-point lead that Saidi cut to 6 with a basket at the horn.
While Chuol Nyuot and Daniel Juuko wiped the deficit early in the fourth quarter, Jimmy Enabu pulled up and Ceasar Kizito drained a 3-pointer to take Oilers lead to 7 points with seven minutes to play.
Ongom then took charge, attacking City Oilers paint for a couple of lay-ups and Ikong netted a mid-range jumper that gave Blazers the momentum they needed for the final push that couldn’t be detrailed by Tonny Drileba’s huge 3-pointer.
Saidi finished with game high 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Blazers, Ongom added 15 points and Ikong contributed 14 points.
Ruak Ruai had team high 13 points and matched game high 11 rebounds. Ivan Muhwezi and Komakech, the other Oilers to score in double figires, had 11 and 10 points respectively.
Meanwhile, KCCA Leopards second-half comeback against KIU Rangers fell short with the latter nearly giving up a 28-point lead. Rangers held on to win 69-63.
Saturday, March 12 (YMCA, Wandegeya)
- A1 Challenge Vs Nabisunsa – 10am
- KCCA Panthers Vs Victoria University – 12pm
- Power Vs Falcons – 2pm
- UCU Lady Canons Vs JKL Lady Dolphins – 4pm
- UCU Canons Vs KIU Titans – 6pm
Sunday, March 13 (Indoor Arena, Lugogo)
- Miracle Raves Vs Angels – 10am
- Our Saviour Vs Tropical Royals – 12pm
- Nkumba Lady Marines vs Magic Stormers – 2pm
- Ndejje Angel’s Vs KCCA Panthers – 4pm
- JKL Dolphins Vs UPDF Tomahawks – 6pm