09 April 2012

UGANDA : Falcons record good start

Heaters 67-50 Nkumba
KIU 71-56 Stormers
Vegetarian 58-68 Falcons
C. High 0-20 Gla’tors (w/o)
Nabisunsa 41-12 Mak Cubs
Div. 2: Shooters 31-40 City Oil
Div. 3: Crane High 41-47 Air Force
Diamonds 71-33 MBC
UMU Flames 46-32 LC Hovers
Record MTN-Fuba League champions Falcons overcame newly-promoted Vegetarian 68-58 at YMCA on Saturday to get their season off to a good start.
Falcons, rotating only seven players and without a substantive coach, had returnee Edwin Kateregga lead their charge with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
The centre/forward has spent the past two seasons with Makerere Eagles and was only re-signed last week as Falcons seek to win a first title since 2007 and seventh in total. With the team they fielded, that would take a miracle even if they dominated the first three quarters 15-10, 15-14 and 24-13.
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The gulf between the two sides in the first division, which was expanded from 10 to 12 teams, was created by the boards which the former champions swept 55-33.
Kateregga and forward Peter Elungat (12 points and 11 rebounds) had to play the entire 40 minutes due to the lack of options.
Simon Otine and Vinnie Jurua kept the newcomers interested with 12 and 10 points respectively. In the late game, Heaters subjected Nkumba Marines to a 67-50 defeat. Unlike last season when they won one game in the entire first round, coach Brian Wathum should be pleased they hit the ground running this time.

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