14 December 2007

UGANDA : Miracle Face Riders in Abe Linc Final

by Sande Bashaija

KNIGHT Riders take on Miracle in the rescheduled Abraham Lincoln senior men's final this evening with hope of snatching victory, which could at least pass as a scanty consolation for their dreaded season.

The Entebbe-based side was relegated to the Second Division after several close-shave losses and losing a boardroom battle against eventual MTN Basketball League champions Mogas Falcons.

Riders produced one of the biggest league surprises, beating 2000 champions Sadolin Power and would have survived relegation had they fetched maximum points from Falcons, who they accused of fielding ineligible Louis Habineza.

The player turned out for Rwanda's Espoir and featured for Falcons against Riders. But as they to re-organise and launch a comeback trail to the topflight, Riders will be looking to today's game for confidence purposes and of course grabbing season-ending tournament silverware.

The game, which was postponed due to last Sunday's heavy downpour, tips off 5pm at YMCA Wandegeya.

Enroute to the final, Riders gained 'revenge' over Falcons, beating them 41-24 while Miracle eased passed newly promoted Crane High School 58-32 in the semis.

Makerere Sparks retained the women's trophy with a 33-28 slim victory over A-1 Challenge while Livingstone claimed the juniors' gong after beating RMC 47-39. The awards ceremony is on this evening.

Today at YMCA
Miracle v Riders (5pm)

Sparks 33- 28 A-1 Cha'ge
Livingstone 47- 39 MRC

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