20 May 2012

UGANDA : Warriors maul Falcons

Both Falcons and Warriors admitted to being poor offensively after their MTN-Fuba League clash at YMCA court on Friday night.
Norman Blick and Ivan Enabu didn’t habour the same conclusion. Together, they ran the show to stretch Warriors’ winning start to five games with a 73-53 victory.
Point guard Enabu finished 19 and seven assists in an electrifying display that left the record champions gasping for breath on the transition.
Eight of those came in the fourth period. Norman, 15 points, was as important. The ultimate started with Warriors leading 47-40 in what had been a close game. The multiple champion with Sky Jammers, Nkumba Marines (2) and DMark Power executed on the first two transitions of the final period.
The lead grew to 51-40 and Falcons never recovered. He had six in the ultimate quarter.
“We struggled a lot in the first half ,so passing the ball more helped in the other two periods,” Warriors’ coach Mandy Juruni said. He was indeed right as Falcons - having added Francis Tumusiime, Julius Lutwama and Brian Ssentogo to their roster in the past week - ruled the boards 37-30.
A second loss in five games reminded them that there is quite a gulf to make up on the title contenders.
“Our positioning on offense needs work on the structure,” said guard Geoff Omondi, signed from UCU Canons.
Adding: “most of the shots we made were under pressure. We didn’t get open shots.”
Norman guarded Stephen Omony for most of the night and the latter got only seven points, making one of nine from downtown.
Omondi had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Steven Mwesigye came off the bench to score 10.
Falcons, desperate to return to the playoffs, competed for three periods despite trailing 11-15, 14-13 and 15-19.
Warriors took over in the fourth with the speed and agility of Enabu. The telling came on the free throws where Warriors made 15 of 19 and the opposition managed 7 of 14.

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