11 June 2013
UGANDA : Rhinos slip past Eagles, Marines hold off Heaters
Marines 58-53 Heaters
Stormers 34-60 Leopardss
Promoted side, Charging Rhinos pilled more misery on Eagles as they handed last year’s playoff visitors a sixth straight loss Sunday afternoon at YMCA. The Eagles are off their worst start in the last three years and look destined for the lower division
Eagles (0-6) were edged 18-16 in the first quarter and took the second 12-9 to close out the first half up by a point but their inability to take care of possession and defend saw them get out scored 42-23 in the second half. Raymond Lubega scored game high 20 points on a 69.2% shooting from the floor and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Rhinos (2-4) to their second straight win. Abel Omoding added 17 points on a 50% shooting from the field. Eagles were led by Raymond Bukenya with 17 points and Brian Mutwala added 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Nkumba Marines meanwhile beat Heaters 58-53 in a game that was played close most of the time. Center, Brian Sivachi scored game high 14 points to lead the way for marines. Rogers Kavuma added 12 points for Marines who started slow and needed strong words from the coach. “I don’t feel your presence on court, neither offensive nor defensive. If you don’t want to win this game then let’s give it away then we go and relax” Timothy Odeke told his players in a first quarter timeout. The response was minimal but paid off as the former champions got their second win of the season as well as out-boarding the opponents 50-44. Javan Adhiambo had team high 12 points for Heaters and Alex Mugoya added 10.
KCCA Leopards cruised past Magic Stormers who had an off day 60-34. Clare Lamunu led the way for leopards (7-0) with game high 19 points and Flavia Oketcho chipped in with 10. On top of coming for the game late, nearly all Stormers had an off day. Center, Carol Nyafwono had a mere 5 points going 1-for-15 from the field; Belinda Feni had 3 points all off freebies. Guard, Sylvia Twesigye scored team high 12 points and picked 5 rebounds for Stormers (3-3) and Esther Awayo added 6 points and 10 rebounds. In the other women's game, MUK Sparks got a walkover Nabisunsa fro not showing up.