27 October 2009

UGANDA : Power picks 17th historic win

By Charles Mutebi

D’MARK Power became the first men’s side to win 17 games in a regular season of the MTN-FUBA first division after seeing off the Ndejje Angels 67-60 at YCMA courts Sunday night.

It wasn’t as authoritative a victory as had been expected but it was still good enough to take the reigning national champions past the UCU Canons, with whom they were tied for the previous record of 16 victories.

It is a great feat yet it could have even been greater if it had not been for Power’s 89-78 loss to KIU early this month.

That result robbed Power of the glorious feat of winning all their regular season games, something they managed 10 years ago when the men’s first division comprised of eight teams.
By defeating Ndejje, Power also reaffirmed their status as the number one seed going into the playoffs, which start on Friday.
Power spent heavily in the pre-season, bringing in the Blick brothers Norman and Donald as well as Michael Kojo and setting the record will be seen as the first fruits of their investment.

The next and ultimately more important test is to see whether Andrew Bazira’s men can defend their crown.

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