Division I Playoff Semifinals
Saturday, November 26
- M: Kampala Rockets 77-60 Nkumba Marines
- M: Livingstone 75-70 Rez Life Saints
- W: JT Jaguars 67-18 Watoto
- W: Kampala University 53-45 Jills
Sunday, November 27
- M: Nkumba Marines 56-59 Kampala Rockets (Rockets win series 2-0)
- M: Rez Life Saints 59-49 Livingstone (Series tied 1-1)
- W: Watoto 48-107 JT Jaguars (Jaguars win series 2-0)
- W: Jills 50-44 Kampala University (Series tied 1-1)
Kampala Rockets have earned promotion to the National Basketball League after sweeping Nkumba Marines in the best-of-three Division I semifinals.
The Rockets followed Saturday’s 77-60 blowout win at Lugogo Indoor Stadium with a nervy 59-56 victory at YMCA to join the topflight league for at least next season.
Peter Cheng followed his 22 points and 12 rebounds performance in Game 1 with another double-double (16 points & 19 rebounds) on Sunday.
Team captain Harry Johnson Lubajo stepped up to contribute 13 points while Kur Garanga chipped in with 10 points.
Meanwhile, the series between regular season leaders Livingstone and fourth-seeded Rez Life Saints is tied at 1-1.
Livingstone powered to a 75-70 win in the series opener on Saturday behind Derrick Otim’s 27 points who got support from Bismark Omoya (18 points).
On Sunday, Rez Life responded with a 59-49 win paced by Timothy Thok’s double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Emmanuel Okot (12 points) and William Saverino (11) came in handy.
The series decider will be played at YMCA on Wednesday at 9:00pm.
In the women’s division, JT Jaguars who have been head and shoulders above their competition have earned promotion to the top flight after sweeping Watoto.
Jaguars won the series opener 67-18 and skipper Zainah Lokwameri led from the front with 22 points. Muhayimina Namuwaya (12 points & 11 rebounds) and Brenda Ayere (11) also scored in double figures.
On Sunday, the Jaguars returned to the old self, scoring a century in the 107-48 win. Maureen Amoding poured in 31 points with Lokwameri (16), Namuwaya (15 points & 14 rebounds), Margret Nassali (12), and Rhoda Naggita (10 points & 9 assists) also scoring in double figures.
The series between Kampala University and Lady Jills is tied at 1-1. Kampala University won the series opener 53-45 with Margaret Bagaala netting 27 points.
However, Jills responded on Sunday with a 50-43 win. Christine Namulumba (10 points & 22 rebounds) and Patricia Namugambe were the star performers for Jills while Bagaala had 19 points in a losing effort. Game 3 will be played at YMCA on Wednesday at 5:00pm.