Friday July 28
Men: Warriors 75-74 KIU Titans
Ladies: Javon ladies 57-49 KIU Rangers
It was a dramatic ending to the Friday encounter between Warriors and KIU Titans at the MTN Arena Lugogo in a first versus third affair.
Pemba Warriors needed Michael Bazungu to convert two free throws at the buzzer for them to win, and yes he converted the throws for the Warriors to claim a 75-74 victory.
That narrow win moved Warriors up in joint second on the table sharing the position with UCU Canons on 17 points.
Speaking with Warriors coach Ronnie Mutebi about the team’s performance, he said: “It was a good game; KIU is a strong team because they had only lost just one game. It was a balanced game which could have gone any side. Now that we have beaten them, I think we are title contenders.”
Titans who rotated their squad with the likes of Omanye, Sudi Ulanga, Kazungu, Francis Kumpanyi, Geoffrey Solo, Micheal Bwanga and Samuel Agutu had a poor start.
The team was trailing by 10 points by the end of the first quarter but they managed to pick themselves up as the gap was cut to only 2 points after the third quarter.
Warriors pumped up more pressure once again and with just 5 minutes into the last quarter, they had regained their big lead, with 13 points.
Titans who had now strategized to shooting from outside the 3-point line, rallied back by the cheer of their fans as Bwanga and Ulanga gathered more hoops before Omanye’s 2 point shot gifted the Titans their first lead in the game with a 73-74 score-line in the last seconds.
A late charge on Buzangu gifted Warriors two free throws which he coolly converted before going into wild celebrations.
Syrus Kiviiri scored a game high 19 points on the day to add on Buzangu’s 18 points.
In the ladies game, Maureen Atulinda’s 17 points were not enough to help KIU Rangers overcome Javon Ladies.
That 57-49 victory for Javon Ladies is their 3rd so far this season, and it helped them overthrow Rangers away from 6th spot on the log.