28 September 2013

UGANDA : KIU’s big fourth quarter overwhelms City Oilers

KIU’s big fourth quarter overwhelms City OilersPhoto Credits: Basketball256    
Nkumba Marines 55-65 Charging Rhinos
KIU Titans 72-65 City Oilers
KIU Titans exploded for 29 fourth quarter points to beat City Oilers 72-65 Friday night at MTN Arena. You wouldn’t have been silly to think Chris Omanye’s fouling out with 2:08 in the fourth quarter was a blessing in disguise for KIU Titans. With KIU Titans trailing 64-63 and just over two minutes to play, KIU’s guard, Chris Omanye picked up his fifth foul and Francis Kasekende came on for him.
On his first possession, Kasekende was sent to line and hit both throws to take KIU up 65-64. On City Oilers in-bounding, they were forced to cough up the ball and Henry Mwinuka missed a game stretching lay-up with 52 seconds. City Oilers called for a time out followed by Jimmy Enabu turning over the ball that ended up with Kasekende for a bunny and all was nothing but done. “We have learnt to play under pressure” a delighted Kasekende who scored team high 16 points told Kawowo Sports.
Oilers’ center, Kami Kabangu scored 15 points and picked 7 rebounds but struggled to get off his mid-range jumper as he was pushed further from his range by the Titans' solid defense. “We had to deny him his comfort zone and made it difficult for him to score” Nimrod Kaboha on his team’s defensive strategy for Kami Kabangu.
Oilers’ forward, Arou Ramadhan scored game high 17 points and picked 8 rebounds. Yusuf Mohamed added 14 points. Enabu had a poor night managing just 4 points. “I think we were inconsistent throughout the game.” “The guys were defensively and offensively unproductive today” City Oilers coach, Mandy Juruni said.
Chris Omanye and Henry Mwinuka contributed 14 points each for Titans (12-6). Bol Akol added10 points and Edwin Katerega who closed the scoring for the night with a hammer down had 7 points. “This is reaping what we sow. We have been practicing these situations so it is liked applying what we do in practice.” KIU’s coach Nimrod Kaboha said.
Meanwhile Charging Rhinos saw off Nkumba Marines 65-55 to put one foot into the play offs. Rashid male scored game high 20 points off the bench to lead Rhinos. Abel omoding scored 15 points including a 3-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter that stretched Rhinos’ lead. Derrick Katumba picked game high 13 rebounds. Brian Sivachi led Nkumba with 12 points and shaban ramadhan added 9 points. Wilson otweyo scored 8 points and picked 10 rebounds.

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