02 November 2015

UGANDA : Falcons edge Power to take Game 1 | NBL Playoffs

Tiger Head Power 80-84 StarTimes Falcons (Falcons lead series 1-0)
StarTimes Falcons and Tiger Head Power played a fast paced, offensive-heavy end to end game in the opener of the best of three series on Friday night at YMCA.
Steven Omony poured in game high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Falcons beat Power 84-80 and take the series lead.
Omony was happy for the win but cautioned his teammates saying only half the work is done.
It's a great win for us but the series are not done. It's the playoffs and anything can happen. We see it as two games still play.
The Falcons played with Power at its desired pace throughout the first quarter before stepping on the pedal in the next two quarters to stretch the lead over their opponents to as big as 20 with stellar inside play from Omony, Ariel Okall and former Power star Isaac Afidra.
Okall contributed 19 points, Afidra had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard, Joseph Ouma scored 13 points including a free-throw that put the game out of Power's reach with 9 seconds
In the fourth quarter, Power started to lean on what they do well - pressing. With Falcons starters playing on four fouls for most of the period, Power mounted a comeback and trimmed Falcons huge lead to as low as three before falling short.
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Micheal Makiadi shooting from the line. The center led Power with 18 points (Photo Credits: John Batanudde)
Center, Micheal Makiadi scored team high 18 points and picked 6 rebounds for Power. Sudi Ulanga had 14 points while Abdullahi Ramadhan contributed 11 points including a highlight dunk on Okall as the game expired. Richard Balwemwa and Joseph Ikong chipped in with 11 points apiece.
The Falcons held on after giving up a big lead and outlasted Power to get a needed win.
Game 2 of the series is on Wednesday, November 4 at YMCA.

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