23 October 2006

UGANDA : Falcons Battle Marines in Decider

THE waiting is finally over and the battle is back on. Marines fought back to level the MTN Basketball League semi-final play-off series Wednesday night and will be back today at the same venue with only one chance to salvage their trophy.

Record winners Falcons, still reeling from their game two frustrations can afford nothing less than a final place for the second season running. It will therefore require an extra effort from either team today to make the final.

That apart, the game promises a lot of drama and individual skill. Reigning Most Valuable Player (MVP) Norman Blick had an average game and later fouled out in the fourth quarter and pundits argue Marines can stop Falcons if he betters his performance.

Falcons' star guard Sam Obol tightly marked Blick in game two, giving him a hard time all through. The clash between the two will make today's game even more exciting.

Marines' full court press game made life so difficult for Falcons especially in the tense dying minutes and the same approach could do magic.Boniface Okello, Salim Ali, Carrol Bisereko and Donald Blick need the same determination today if Marines are to survive.

Falcons' Tony Oluka was undoubtedly man of the match with his crossovers and accurate passing and his performance today could determine the result. With Oluka pointing, Falcons looked in control but his ejection in the fourth quarter to some extent contributed to Marines' late comeback.

The Malinga brothers - Eric and Henry, Charles Ssubi and Brian Ssentongo are the other utility players for Falcons. In the women's semi-finals, KIU Rangers' stars Hadijja Kizza and Barbara Namukaya are a doubt as they face Lady Bucks to determine who plays in the final.

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