12 May 2012
UGANDA : DMark Power ready to sink Eagles further
On the opening day of last season, DMark Power started their Fuba League title defence in unconvincing fashion, edging Miracle Eagles 96-91.That result confirmed the arrival of Eagles and they proved it by reaching the playoffs for the first time later in the year. Their title hopes were eventually ended by a 3-1 semifinal loss as Power advanced.
A game as close as that one last April is far from happening when the two clash at YMCA court today.
Power are among the favourites for the title having retained the core of their team whereas Eagles have disintegrated into strugglers.Eagles have not fielded anything more than eight players this season following a mass exodus.
Consequently, Chris Kyebambe, a club pioneer in the mid-90s who has had limited time on court in the past three years, is putting up 40-minute shifts. They have one victory to show, a 70-58 win over newly-promoted Rez Life. Their collective defensive grit will be tested against a team that thrives in transitionThe champions are yet to lose a game in four and this one should be an easy one. Skipper Isaac Afidra resumed practice but won’t feature soon. “I think this season is about Jimmy (Enabu) playing and contributing more,” point guard Ben Komakech said. The wish is yet to translate into points as Jimmy failed to score any in the victory over struggling Nkumba Marines last weekend. He had nine rebounds.In the women’s category, A1 Challenge continue their journey to return to the playoffs under new coach Geoffrey Omondi.
The 2005 champions face Magic Stormers, the team that took their place last year. Omondi, also an active player with Falcons, put Makerere Cubs to the sword in the previous game, winning 54-4.
Losses to Nabisunsa, KIU Rangers and Stormers kept A1 out of the post season last term due to lack of depth in their squad.