07 September 2011

UGANDA : Here are the true Warriors

By Usher Komugisha

Today at 6:30pm
Miracle v Heaters

Sunday results
Men, Division 1
Nkumba 52 Warriors 84

Division 2
Kings 51 MBC 36

Division 3
Jackets 61 Crane 62
UPDF 48 Jammers 105
Michael 0 Rez Life 20 (walk over)

A-1 83 Amazon 36
Rangers 57 KCC 61

FOUR Warriors’ players were in double figures as the Kyambogo side thrashed the Nkumba Marines 84-52 on Sunday to dent the latter’s playoffs hopes in the basketball post season later this year.
Ivan Enabu, Henry Malinga, Michael Kariuki and Eric Malinga sunk 16, 14, 12 and 10 points respectively for Warriors to seal an 11-1 record, lightening up their playoffs position as the Marines recorded their worst record of 4-7.
   “We have togetherness and maturity as a team which has and will continue to help us win many games,” revealed the confident Warriors’ coach Mande Juruni.
Juruni displayed what many will continue to refer to as Warriors’ strength - the teamwork and bench ability of a side that has shown consistency this season so far.
That Warriors started the game without stars Ronnie Kasewu, Eric Malinga and Stephen Okias saw them punished by an alert Nkumba side that finished the first quarter with a 20-13 early lead.
However, the introduction of the trio and Ivan Enabu saw a strong comeback in the second quarter as they dominated 23-7. Consistency saw the Warriors run away with 19-13 and 29-12 leads in the second half of the game.
    “Warriors have better match-ups than us because they are big in size and they were shooting more than we did. This loss takes us out of the playoffs,” said a troubled Marines’ coach Timothy Odeke.
In the women’s category, Flavia Oketcho dropped a game high 20 points to inspire the KCC Leopards who maintained an unbeaten run after beating KIU Rangers 61-57.

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