08 December 2014

UGANDA : UCU Canons shun classification encounter

UCU guard Sudi Ulanga dribbles against City Oilers i
UCU guard Sudi Ulanga dribbles against City Oilers in the semis. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA  
By Elvis Senono
KAMPALA- UCU Canons yesterday refused to honour their National Basketball League third placed classification match against Warriros citing a tight academic schedule.
“Exams are more of a priority than a 3rd place game. UCU are not playing this game and the federation is aware,” Canons coach Nicholas Natuhereza wrote on his Facebook wall.
According to Joseph Manano, the Fuba chairman Competitions Council, the federation did not receive any communication from UCU about their unavailability prior to the game.
“As far as I know there has been no communication to that effect,” Manano said adding that there was no penalty for skipping such a clash. Last week, Canons gave away a 2-0 lead to lose the best-of-five semifinal series 3-2 to reigning champions City Oilers. Their female counterparts, UCU Lady Canons, however, were due to play KCCA Leopards last evening in game three of the best-of-seven finals at Lugogo.
Their third team UCU JV that plays in Division 1, meanwhile also played yesterday, losing their second consecutive game 63-57 to Bushcourt in the best of five game finals.
In the women’s Division 1, Gladiators also lead their series 2-0 after beating Amazon Rhino 59-43.
Division 1 final series
M: Bushcourt 63-57 UCU JV
W: Gladiators 59-43 Amazon Rhino
Bushcourt and Gladiators lead the best-of-five series 2-0)

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