05 May 2013

UGANDA : Komakech lifts inter-cities from slumber

It’s been an unforgettable week for the annual basketball inter-cities. Fans are not streaming through the gates like they do on most Fridays.
Some teams – chiefly Kigali, Dar-es-Salaam and Nairobi – skipped. The latter saved the tournament’s face by sending a women’s team.
The media, many doing their job, and a few basketball diehards have stayed the distance at the Lugogo MTN Arena through the past six days. Organisers didn’t have a publicity campaign.
Filling the void
You cannot blame them much as Kampala only stepped in as an alternate after Dar-es-Salaam opted not to host. If there ever was a publicity campaign, Ben Komakech was perfect for the poster.
His three-pointer at the buzzer saved Kampala A’s skin as they edged Kampala B 69-68 in an enthralling contest between the present and future of Team Uganda on Friday night.
The star studded Kampala A survived by just the grit or rather the brilliance of Komakech. They trailed by two until the final inbound with two seconds to play.

Prior, James Okello and Andrew Okot has missed two free throws apiece when Kampala B led 68-66 with under 35 seconds on the clock. That gave their seniors, A, a sniff.

Stealing the show
Komakech ran off the baseline to sink a deep three for his final tally of eight points. Lugogo was skewed and loud in favour of Kampala B, the underdog, but the point guard swayed everyone.
The two-tme Most Valuable Player (MVP) has done this many times before for Ndejje Secondary School, Miracle Eagles, DMark Power and Uganda. We never get enough.
His brilliance trumped Okello’s 20 points and eight points to lift the inter-cities from slumber at a time when it’s relevance could be questioned.
MEN: Kampala A 69-68 Kampala B
WOMEN: Mukono 50-48 KCCA
MEN: Power vs. Nkumba (7.30pm)
MEN: Rhino vs. KIU (3.30pm)
WOMEN: KIU vs. KCCA (5.30pm)

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