14 September 2012

UGANDA : Another Titanic test for KIU

Osano is KIU’s most lethal offensive weapon. Photo by Ismail Kezaala
Osano is KIU’s most lethal offensive weapon. Photo by Ismail Kezaala
By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo (email the author)

Posted Friday, September 14 2012 at 01:00
In Summary
Champions Power, third at 13-4, have fluctuated and will definitely beware of a likely ambush from Nimrod Koboha’s charges who are buoyed by the return of Mwinuka.
Today at ymca
KIU vs. Power (8.30pm)
Mak Sparks vs. KCC (6.30pm)
Div.2: Shooters 71-73Rhino
Sharing 20-0 MBC (w/o) The return of Henry Mwinuka to the KIU Titans bench is definitely a way of reducing the burden on Nimrod Kaboha. The latter also handles KIU Rangers, the ladies’ team, which can sometimes imply four draining hours in the dugout.
Mwinuka’s return is exactly what the doctor ordered to make the university side Airtel National Basketball League title contenders.
Kaboha and Mwinuka failed their first test, losing 78-64 to Warriors last Friday.
Seven days on and another test is on the cards as DMark Power come calling. Today at YMCA court, KIU can complete a season double over the champions having edged the first encounter 71-67 back in June.
The major hurdle that awaits them is how they play down the stretch against Power, arguably the best side in dying moments of games.
KIU this season have swung from being a good team to average especially because their offense is not very productive except for Richard Osano, who also plays intermittently.
Besides Mwinuka, Markmot Orom was brought back after his stint with Warriors to address their offensive inadequacies whereas Abraham Juma is back from the cold.
It could be too late to rise higher than their current placing at fourth, 12-5, but when settled, KIU’s roster is capable of a huge surprise. Power, third at 13-4, have fluctuated and will definitely be aware of a likely ambush from their opponents tonight. Richard Balemwa led Power with 16 points to beat Victoria University Heaters 51-43 last weekend.
Balemwa’s major role as prescribed by coach Bernice Ankunda is to reduce the scoring burden on Ben Komakech. This will accord two-time MVP Komakech rest ahead of next month’s playoffs.
And with former league top scorer Joseph Ikong playing way below his standards, any other offensive channel will be appreciated.
All eyes will be on Isaac Luggudde, if he plays, after his troubles with law enforcers this week. Ankunda was non-committal on whether Luggudde will feature.

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