28 June 2013

UGANDA : Power turn guns on Titans

Power turn guns on Titans
Former Nkumba Marines and Falcons guard Julius Lutwama (R) is yet to gel with KIU Titans, just like other new signings. Photo by Ismail Kezaala.  
By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo

Posted  Friday, June 28  2013 at  00:00
In Summary
It’s been another season of struggles for KIU as their roster featuring new acquisitions like Chris Kyebambe (Miracle), Edwin Kateregga and Julius Lutwama (both Falcons), has not clicked.
Today at Lugogo
Men: KIU vs. Power
Women: KIU vs. Mak Sparks

No team in the Airtel National Basketball League probably changes their roster with the same frequency that KIU Titans have managed in recent years.
However, they have never really struck the right chords as they still await a maiden title, let alone a first appearance in the finals. This being a university side, some of the alterations are rather understandable.
Their opposition tonight at the Lugogo MTN Arena – Dmark Power – is the direct opposite. Stability is their key strength in recent times and in Isaac Afidra they have a player who has been there for over a decade.
The bulk of this Power side has been together since their 2008 championship-winning season. “In an amateur league, it’s hard to keep the same players together but it’s important to do so,” Power’s Joseph Ikong said. After their disappointing play-off quarterfinal exit last year to UCU Canons, Power have responded by winning eight in a row to start the season. They have even been able to limit the minutes of their ‘stars’ in the ‘smaller’ games as Ikong sat out the 86-59 win against Charging Rhino on Sunday.
   Reigning MVP Norman Blick, who rejoined from Warriors, and two-time MVP Ben Komakech have also been accorded some rest. KIU Titans on the other hand can’t afford that luxury.
    Afidra, whose game-high 27 and picked 12 rebounds, proved too much for Rhino is getting the most minutes as coach Bernes Ankunda pushes him to return to his MVP form of 2011.
KIU can ill afford that luxury having failed to beat a playoff-bound team thus far having lost to Warriors and UCU Canons.
Their final fixtures of the first round include Power, City Oilers and Falcons, the latter three all expected to push for the title.                               
It’s been another season of struggle for KIU as their new roster following the acquisitions of Edwin Kateregga and Julius Lutwama (both Falcons), Chris Kyebambe (Miracle Eagles) has failed to click.


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