04 December 2012
UGANDA : Falcons triumph in sluggish Game One
If Sunday night’s Game One was supposed to set the tone for what the Fuba League final playoffs will be, both Warriors and Falcons failed miserably. Key players on both sides were late for tip-off. The start was too sluggish for two teams playing for the ultimate prize – a championship.
Falcons’ talisman Stephen Omony made it in time for the final two-minute warm up. By this time, the player introductions were done. He started on the bench.
Ronnie Kasewu, the 2009 MVP and Warriors’ skipper, came towards the end of the first period. Their centre Sam Gombya had just arrived moments earlier.The record champions got away with it. Falcons surged in the second half to beat Warriors 75-62 and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Peter Elungat, one of the ‘early birds, scored 13 points to lead all corers. Geoff Omondi added 12 including seven of eight from the foul line to go with eight rebounds.
Omony and Philip Ameny had 10 apiece, the latter picking seven rebounds, one more than the former. “We carried each other through,” said Omony, who fouled out late. “I was late because my nephew was sick.”
None of Falcon’s game winners came bigger than reserve Steven Mwesigye. His nine points included an off-balance shot at the buzzer at the end of third for a 51-47 lead. “When on the bench, you see so many mistakes. So when you come on, you know what to do,” Mwesigye said. “It’s good to watch and see not sulk.”