07 November 2013

UGANDA : ANBL Playoffs: Canons calmly blow out Falcons to level series

ANBL Playoffs: Canons calmly blow out Falcons to level series
Falcons 63-83 UCU Canons (Series tied 1-1)
MUK Sparks 50-59 Magic Stormers (Stormers win series 2-0)
After a game 1 thriller between UCU Canons and Falcons, many of us expected game 2 to be another running – entertaining game. It wasn’t a high tempo game but rather a slow and cautious one from both teams. One that came down to field – shooting efficiency from set plays and production from the bench.
UCU Canons were the better side at that and came away with an 83-63 blow-out victory (that looked unlikely at halftime) to take the series into a decider.
Turning Point:After a square first half, the canons slowly but surely and calmly built a double digit lead with a balanced offensive and defensive play to go into the fourth quarter up by 17. Falcons opened the final period with back-to-back 3s from Geoffrey Omondi and Abdulahi Ramadhan and looked like they were in for a comeback but a pair of quick baskets from Sunday Okot (12 points) freezed Falcons possible come back.
Brian Namake led all UCU Canons with 15 points, Joseph Chuma had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Ivan Lumanyika chipped in with 11 points and 9 boards and Sudi Ulanga contributed 10 points. The only reason UCU didn’t score more than 83 points was their inability to score from the free throw line. Canons scored on 12 of 26 foul shots.
Omondi scored game high 18 points and picked 9 rebounds to lead Falcons, Steven Tumwesigye added 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. No other Falcon reached double figures. Falcons attempted 43 shots from the field – 20 less that they did in game 1.
Meanwhilein the women’s division, Magic Stormers survived Joy Chemtai’s game high 28 points to beat MUK Sparks 59-50 and wrap up the series 2-0. Carol Nyafwono scored 17 points picked 9 rebounds and blocked 3 shots to lead Magic Stormers and Aisha Kamana added 10 points.
Rukia Meme and Esther Awayo picked 14 and 13 rebounds respectively for Stormers. Norah Namutosi picked 16 rebounds and Winnie Anyango scored 10 points to go with 10 boards for Sparks.

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