21 November 2013
UGANDA : ANBL Playoffs: Falcons blow out cold Warriors to take series lead
Riham Warriors 66-85 Falcons (Falcons lead series 2-1)
Between hot shooting, a diverse offensive attack and an effective help defense, Falcons once again looked the part of a championship-caliber team on Wednesday night in their game 3 of the best-of-five series against Riham Warriors.
Shortly after tip-off all was nothing but done as Falcons pulled away early in the frame to open up a big lead at take control of the game. After a 32-11 first quarter lead, Falcons did not let Warriors any closer than 15 points all the way.
Point guard, Abdulahi Ramadhan led Falcons’ balanced attack with 18 points and dropped 7 dimes, Serge Kabangu and Geoffrey Omondi contributed 16 points apiece and Steven Omony had 15 on the night.
It is now advantage Falcons as they are one win away from making the finals for a second successive year. “We don’t look at it like that (advantage Falcons). There is still one more game to win to get there. We can’t be complacent because they can win the next game.” Falcons’ coach Gad Eteu cautiously said.
Shooting guard, Sylvian Yunzu led Warriors with 14 points off the bench that was matched by Henry Malinga who was double and time triple teamed all night. Ivan Enabu and Sam Gombya contributed 12 points apiece.
Meanwhile, KCCA Leopards for the first time in the series broke some sweat to beat Magic Stormers 80-72 in game 3 and swept the best-of-five series to make the finals for a third successive year.
Forward, Claire Lamunu scored team high 20 points and picked 7 rebounds to lead the way for Leopards. Martha Soigi added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Rebecca Akullo and Flavia Oketcho contributed 18 points.
Carol Nyafwono had game high 22 points and 14 rebounds for Stormers and Racheal Nanyonga added 13 points.