08 April 2012
UGANDA :Lugudde sinks Canons in season opener
Power’s Isaac Lugudde blocks Martin Okwako of UCU in the national basketball league opener
By Charles Mutebi
DIVISION 1 (MEN)
Power 74 UCU 65
Sharing 62 B/Court 56
Kings 59 Kyambogo University 53
Abacode 50 Biston 35
UCU 49 KIU 31
DIVISION 1 (MEN)
Warriors v Miracle
S/Jammer v Ssaku
KCC v A1
ISAAC Lugudde drained a team-high 15 points, Ben Komakech 14, Jimmy Enabu and Joseph Ikong added 11 points apiece as the reigning men’s champions opened the national basketball league season with a characteristic 74-65 win over the UCU Canons.
Boniface Okello, who spent the last two seasons at Power, scored a team-high 17 points on his UCU debut while Sudi Ulanga added 16 points for the Canons, who had four other league debutants.
Apart from Ulanga hurting his left foot with 5:22 to play, the game had a lot of positives for the Canons. It just didn’t end in victory, which was always going to be difficult with Power playing their full court game so well.
On a slightly cold evening which lacked the hype fit for a season opener, this contest provided all the entertainment.
Power’s transitional game was particularly irresistible.
The Canons tried to run with Power but that is generally a bad idea. Power’s dominance showed why Bernice Ankunda’s team led from start to finish.
“It was just a good team effort,” said the mercurial Komakech, who played with his ailing right hand in a protective brace. “It was very crucial for us to win our first game because if we had lost people would start talking.”
UCU coach Nick Natuhereza said: “I’m not very happy with the start even though the team will improve with time. I felt we had to win tonight but we let it slip up.”