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NBL: KIU Titans Defeat UCU Canons to Maintain Unbeaten Run

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National Basketball League

KIU Titans 55-43 UCU Cannons
UCU lady Canons 57-48 KIU rangers
City Oilers 93-49 Nkumba Marines
Javon Ladies 68-62 Nkumba Ladies

The 2017 NBL season continued on Sunday with a busy schedule that saw 8 teams take centre stage at an almost sold out YMCA Kampala outdoor court.

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If there’s any team that will stop KIU titans from stretching their unbeaten record, cure it will not be UCU cannons, ailment at least for the first round.

Before this encounter, this web many had tipped them favorites following their massive win against the City Oilers, but it seemed the ‘favorite’ tag bestowed onto them proved heavy to hold as they went on to lose by an eight point deficit.

Titans who are yet to lose a game this season have now added UCU canons on their list of casualties which has Ndejje University Angels, JKL dolphins, Sharing Youth and Our saviour taking them 5-0 so far.

Chris Omanye picked 17 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds while Kazungu managed 15 rebounds.

Speaking to ChimpReports after the end of the game, Omanye said; “Personally, am working more on playing with each other because when I share the ball, I get the tension off me putting me in a position to score more.”

Hamza Kayondo, the KIU coach noted that he has a good team that’s ready to go all the way

“Our boys played very well, we didn’t score more but a win is a win.”

Asked about the difference between the current and last year’s team, he said “we trimmed the team and right now they are just 12 players. This one has character and passion.”

Other games of the day

Ladies

The first game saw UCU lady Canons, coached by Nicholas Natuhereza, lead from start to finish as they outwitted KIU Rangers 57-48.

In the other Ladies game, Javon ladies Phenoms who were trailing 27-28 at halftime managed to mount a late rally with a formidable display to see off the stubborn Nkumba lady marines with a 68-62 victory.

Rhoda Naggita scored 26 points for Javon ladies, converting 6 of 15 shots she took outside the 3 point arc.

She-marines will blame themselves for not matching Brenda Ekone’s performance that saw her notching a game high 36 points.

Men

Mandy Juruni’s Silverbucks dismantled Nkumba Marines in a one way avenue game.

Ssentongo Brian (12 rebounds and 11 points) and Laundry Ndikumana (11 rebounds and 17 points) managed to hit double doubles on the day.

Jimmy Enabu and Omony Stephen Who returned in the country on Saturday night, were used for only 10 minutes as the pair suffered from fatigue following their duties with the selected Kampala Red stars team which lost to Nairobi Morans in the Africa city challenge finals.

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