28 August 2007

UGANDA : Leopards Drub Rangers

Sande Bashaija

KAMPALA City Council (KCC) Leopards became the first women's team to make the National Basketball League play-offs after drubbing Kampala International University (KIU) Rangers 80-50 on Sunday at the Young Men's Christian Association Courts (YMCA), Wandegeya.

KCC have now accumulated 31 points from 16 games and can afford to lose the remaining four but still make the play-offs.

The game, expected to be explosive, became one-sided just after first quarter and the Mayor's girls were dominant all through.

Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) Basketball Player of the Year Becky Akullo led last year's losing finalists with a game high 21points while Barbara Namukaya garnered 12 for the clueless Rangers.

The KIU side made last year's play-offs but face a stiff challenge against defending champions Lady Bucks and Uganda Christian University (UCU) Ladies for the last two places.

2005 champions A-1 Challenge look good for second position. Isaac Afidra scored a game high 20 points as the KIU men's team registered its sixth win of the season with a narrow 57-50 victory over Youth Heaters.

Joseph Ikong and Robert Mubiri combined for 23 points but couldn't save relegation-threatened Heaters. Second Division table leaders Kampala City Council (KCC) Lions registered a 54-53 win over Bushcourt in a tightly contested game while Bugema University defeated newcomers St. Michael 73-67 in a Third Division fixture.

Leopards 80-50 Rangers

KIU 57-50 Heaters
Bushcourt 53-54 KCC Lions
St Michael 67-73 Bugema
Berkeley 56-41 Ndejje

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