16 July 2013

UGANDA : Okias' masterclass sinks KIU

Okias' masterclass sinks KIU
  •  Okias who joined from defending champions Warriors this year, inspired Ndejje to the win. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
By Charles Mutebi
Airtel National Basketball League
KIU 88 Nabisunsa 44
A1 75 Gladiators 24
Ndejje 82 KIU 78
Falcons 83 Heaters 51
FUBA Division 1
Sharing 72 Bush Court 65
Cubs 37 St. Michael 31
Nkumba 53 YMCA 28
Angels 57 Crane High 54
Development League
Old Timers 51 Dolphins 44
S. Force 70 C.High 44
YMCA 70 Emperors 60
TLC 46 Planets 43
THE joke of the evening was that Ndejje Angels’ coach Walker Obedi had vowed not to lose again in the Airtel National Basketball League this season.
Obedi’s players nearly turned the joke on him, surviving the KIU Titans to win 82-78 in overtime Sunday at the YMCA.
Brian Odur nailed a team-high 18 points for the Angels, with Geoffrey Soro adding 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Steven Okias, Francis Tumusiime and Jonah Otim drilled 14, 13 and 10 points respectively for Ndejje, who were still hurting from the loss to City Oil.
Ndejje ended the first half leading 36-30 and started the last quarter 55-50 ahead. But Nimrod Kaboha’s KIU rallied in the fourth period and regained the lead four minutes in.
Edwin Kateregga grabbed 22 points and 15 rebounds while Chris Omanye sunk a masterful 19 points for KIU, who looked like they would snatch a win at the death.
Still, Ndejje were up 67-64 with 28 seconds to play. Two possessions later, Titans centre Akol Bol found himself all alone outside Ndejje’s key.
Surely the big man wasn’t going to attempt his first three of the game? Bol thought about it for a second, then nailed the three to tie the game.
Both sides then missed a chance to score the winner, sending the contest to overtime, where Okias’ experience made the difference.

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