18 November 2013

UGANDA : ANBL Playoffs: Falcons, Oilers level terms

Falcons' coach Gad Eteu issueing instructions during a time outFalcons' coach Gad Eteu issueing instructions during a time outPhoto Credits: Daily Monitor
City Oilers 66-63 Dmark Power (Series tied 1-1)
Falcons 80-76 Riham Warriors (Series tied 1-1)
A1 Challenge 40-57 UCU Lady Canons (Lady Canons lead series 2-0)
Magic Stormers 44-64 KCCA Leopards (Leopards lead series 2-0)
“It is about the mental strength. How you recover from losses is important and we know it” Steven Omony said prior to game 2.
After a not so Omony performance in game 1, the forward was fired up for the second game and nailed game high 26 points, picked 9 rebounds and swiped 5 steals as Falcons beat Warriors 80-76 to level the best of five series. “At this stage every game is important we had to go this one” Omony told Kawowo Sports.
Philip Ameny added 21 points including a hammer down on the tallest player in the league, Sam Gombya. The Falcons bigman also picked 9 rebounds.
“We came to take the ball at them. We always want to stop the five he rotates” Falcons coach Gad Eteu said.
With 1:38 in the fourth quarter and Warriors leading 76-75, Falcons called for a time out that was followed by Omony’s pair of free throws that took Falcons up 77-76 with 1:22. Warriors called for a timeout that followed by Andrew Okot’s turnover and Omony increased Falcons’ lead with a lay-up. Japhet Muhanguzi missed a pair of throws to pull Warriors with in a point 6 seconds from the buzzer and Geoffrey Omondi put the game out of Warriors reach.
“They played well, we made a few mistakes.  We were up with just over a minute and we just had to stay a little bit composed” Warriors coach Ronnie Owino said.
Ronnie Kasewu scored team high 17 points for Warriors, Henry Malinga added 16 points and Ivan Enabu contributed 13 points and assisted 7 baskets. Sam Gombya scored 10 points and picked game high 12 rebounds off the bench.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Enabu returned with a bang as City Oilers beat Dmark Power 66-63 to level their series. The shooting guard, scored game high 22 points, handed out 4 helpers and blocked two shots.
Kami Kabange added 20 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and swatted 4 shots. Despite an off night the Oilers’ center found his groove in the fourth quarter knocking down 5 of his 8 attempts for 10 points in the period. Guard, Daniel Jukko contributed 11 points.
Ben Komakech led a disjointed Power side with 19 points, 9 coming off 3-point play that tried to bring Power into the game in the fourth quarter. Norman Blick added 13 points and Isaac Afidra picked 11 rebounds.
In the women’s division, UCU Lady Canons and KCCA Leopards continued their dominance, took command of their respective series and are both a win away from making the finals for a third successive year. UCU beat A1 Challenge 57-40 with a scorching fourth quarter. KCCA beat Magic Stormers 64-44.

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