23 May 2012
UGANDA : Promoted sides look to each other for solace
Rez Life and Vegetarian came through a bruising Division Two series final last year and must have hoped to enjoy life in the top tier upon promotion.
Predictably, they have found the going very tough in Division One which makes their clash at YMCA court today even more important.
Neither has won a game yet with Rez Life losing to Miracle Eagles (58-70), Giant Stormers (69-83) and Ndejje University Angels (58-81).Vegetarian have only played the toughest teams thus far; games which have ended in losses to DMark Power (65-102), Falcons (58-68) and Warriors (44-71). The trio have 12 titles between them. KIU Titans (30-63) and Heaters (66-70) have also feasted on Vegetarian.
When the two faced off for Division Two honours last December, Rez Life edged it 88-84 with William Odong 24 points and 10 rebounds to clinch the series 3-2.
Davis Apuuli added 21 and 12 boards for the victors but both had already qualified hence the significance was minimal.
This clash is all the more crucial with the top division being expanded from 10 to 12 teams. The winner knows it could kick start a turnaround.
On the other hand, defeat could mean looking over the shoulder for the rest of the campaign as most promoted teams have slid back at the first asking recently.