27 July 2012

UGANDA : Falcons confront Canons fire

Falcons’ 75-71 victory over UCU Canons during the first round of the Airtel National Basketball League was a turning point to their season.
Back in May, forward Peter Elungat scored 16 points to bury a 73-53 mauling at the hands of leaders Warriors (now 12-1) just days prior. It started a winning streak which has grown to five games. UCU will again attempt to replace the smile with a frown at the Lugogo MTN Arena.
This will be the first time the indoor facility hosts a basketball game in two years as it has been undergoing renovation. They will still use old hoops as new ones won’t be here till September. The floor has been a bother since the venue was first closed in 2009. Volleyball and kickboxing have been played there recently and the floor looks fine.
“I don’t think it changes much. Maybe the shooters will be happier since the wind won’t be a factor,” UCU coach Nicholas Natuhereza noted.
His team is improving having won two successive games to herald the final stretch and is now 9-4 whereas Falcons are 10-2.
Former UCU players Geoff Omondi and Steven Mwesigye did the job in the first clash with 12 and 10 points respectively against the hand that once fed them.
Reading from UCU’s first second round game, a 59-44 win over KIU a fortnight ago, they are ticking the right boxes. “I think we can win the championship,” Natuhereza said. “I am not satisfied with where we are. During the break, we have worked a lot on our transition.”
The steel of the UCU front court trident of Desmond Owili, Robert Ogweno and Naftary Msogoti will be tested. Philip Ameny, Edwin Kateregga, Stephen Omony, Brian Ssentogo and Elungat will accumulate the minutes on the inside for Falcons.While Falcons may not have a shooter as good as Sudi Ulanga, in Julius Lutwama, they have one of the form players.

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