16 September 2012
UGANDA : Osano drops 30 as KIU complete double on Power
KIU Titans 73-63 Dmark Power
KCCA Leopards 59-17 MUK Sparks
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Richard Osano scored a game and season high 30 points to lead KIU Titans to a 73-63 win over Dmark
Power on Friday night. Hot shooting Osano started his account from the top of the mountain responding to Power’s 8-0 run that opened the first period.
KIU were edged out 20-19 in the first quarter but the university side outscored Power 16-14 to take a point lead into halftime. Shooting guard, Nelson Njau (12 points) opened the third quarter for KIU with a perimeter jumper as Titans went on an 11-4 run and extended their lead to 8 points with 4:20 to end the period. However, two open consecutive 3-pointers from Richard Balemwa (10 points) cut the lead to 2 but KIU closed the quarter up 55-49.
Point guard, Ben Komakech (12 points) started Power’s come back in the final period with a trey followed by a lay-up on the next possession to bring defending champions within a point (54-55) and Isaac Luggudde made a go-ahead lay-up with 7:18.
A few contested refereeing decisions were made during the game but most notable was a short clock violation that was called against KIU and contested by the players with 3:38 to the final buzzer and power leading 61-60. A fan threw a vuvuzela at the umpire (Peter Kirabo) who made the call and the game stopped for a while. On return, Power did not make use of possession and when KIU gained it, Osano was sent to the line nailing all three throws to take KIU ahead with 2:10. Titans finished the game with a 10-2 run to hand Power their fifth loss of the season and complete a double over the league giants. “It’s all about leading the team. We played as a team like we have always done but somehow the team played for me” a joyous Osano told Kawowo Sports.
KIU were 19-for-36 on field goals and 23-for-32 from the line and 4-for-15 from down town while Power were 20-for-52 on field goals, 5-for-8 beyond the arc and 8-for-17 on non contested shots but they were square on the boards at 30. “We were allowing them to pick offensive rebounds in the first quarter and they were not allowing us. When we stopped allowing them, we got going. It’s all defense” KIU coach, Nimrod Kaboha on the turning point of the game.
KCCA Leopards beat MUK Sparks 59-17 in the women’s game. KCCA’s Flavia Okecho piled up game high 16 points, Joyce Zalwango and Sarah Nassuna contributed 11 and 10 points respectively. Charline Karungi scored 6 points for Sparks.