02 December 2012

UGANDA : Airtel NBL playoffs: Falcons-Warriors in first date

 
At YMCA
UCU Lady Canons Vs KCCA Leopards 5:30PM
Warriors Vs Falcons 7:30PM
3rd place results
A1 Challenge 56-53 Magic Stormers
UCU Canons 67-68 KIU Titans

Falcons and Warriors will this evening match-up for the first time at the finals since 2007 when Falcons came from 2-0 down to win the best of five series. The two giants beat university sides, KIU Titans and UCU Canons to set up an old school final.
Steven Omony who dominated the second round match-up of the regular season will have another go at Norman Blick for what could be the best man-to-man match up in these series. Norman has been below average by his standards throughout the season and the finals give him an opportunity to atone.

Falcons’ over dependence on Philip Ameny on both ends of the floor and at the post was not put to the fore by KIU but playing against a Warriors side that has a better presence at the post In Micheal Kariuki and Henry Malinga, the Falcons’ center may wear out as he is head and shoulder above Brian Ssentongo and Edwin Katerega and gets little help from the duo. Mandy Juruni may turn to Sam Gombya to get Falcons into foul trouble. Warriors’ front court may give Falcons trouble not just in one game but throughout the series.

Geoffrey Omondi and Abdallah Ramadhan may not match Ivan Enabu’s pace and if the point guard gets in three or four drives and gets a rhythm he may be difficult to stop. The quick hands of the flashy Enabu may also draw a lot of fouls from the Falcons’ back court. The aggressiveness of Sirus Kiviri and Ronnie Kasewu may well put Falcons back court at a disadvantage. However, Omondi plays a god defense and like other falcons’ starters and Julius Lutwama off the bench are individually clever players and can use their individual ingenuity to go at Warriors.

UCU Lady Canons play KCCA Leopards in the women’s finals. Lady Canons swept Leopards 4-0 last year but a sweep is not likely. KCCA’S presence down in Martha Soigi, Carol Badaru and Mariam Hamala may this time round well match UCU’s Peace Proscovia, Loraine Akiny and Purity Adhiambo. After Flavia Oketcho’s explosion to hand Lady Canons their only loss of the regular season, Angella Namirimu, Moreen Amoding and Peace Nakirijja have to do a lot of defensive work on KCCA’s guard. If Carrol Nantalo, Oketcho and Soigi get going, UCU have a lot of work on their hands though they still remain favourites for the series.

Meanwhile, KIU Titans took the third place following their 68-67 edge out of UCU Canons on Saturday evening. Salim Ali scored 14 points, Richard Osano added 12 points, Francis Kasekende 10 and Micheal Makiadi picked 17 rebounds to lead Titans to the slim victory. Suudi Ulanga scored game high 19 points in a losing effort and so was Martin Okwako’s double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds as well as Boniface Okello’s 14 points and 10 rebounds. A1 Challenge took the third place in the women’s division after seeing off Magic Stormers 56-53. Mariam Birungi and Magret Nalubega scored 12 and 10 points respectively for A1. Stormer, Carol Nyafwono had game high 13 points. Desire Obua and Racheals Nanyonga contributed 10 points apiece for Stormers.

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