09 December 2013

UGANDA : City Oilers edge close to title as ruthless Leopards claw back

Falcons 76-80 City Oilers (Oilers lead series 3-2)
KCCA Leopards 84-48 UCU Lady Canons (Lady Canons lead series 3-2)
While every basket is not cheered like it is a game winner as it has been nearly the case in recent finals, you can’t take away the fact that City Oilers – Falcons finals have been as intriguing and still will.
With series tied 2-2 going into the fifth game of seven and chance to edge closer to championship on the radar it was bound to get even better – indeed it was.
City Oilers overcame an erratic second quarter and scored 49 points in the next 20 minutes to beat Falcons 80-76 to pull within a game of winning the title in their debut season in Uganda’s premier basketball division.
Kami Kabange scored game high 24 points and picked 12 rebounds to lead the way for Oilers, Jimmy Enabu added 16 points, Samuel Kalwanyi contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds off the bench and James Okello chipped in with 13 points.
In a series where no team has won back-to-back games, Falcons now find themselves in two must win games if they are to increase their championships tally.
Steven Omony paced Falcons with 20 points, Philip Ameny contributed 18 points, Serge Kabangu added 12 points and pulled down game high 15 rebounds and Peter Elungant had 12 points.
Meanwhile Claire Lamunu scored 23 points and blocked 4 shots, Flavia Oketcho had 17 points and 7 rebounds, Rebecca Akullo added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the ruthless Leopards blew-out UCU Lady Canons 84-48 in game 5 for the most lopsided win in the best-of-seven playoffs finals.
The Leopards hit more than fifty percent of their shots from inside the arc overall and were up by 20 points (22-2)after the first period, 33 points (45-12) at half time and all was nothing but done at this point as UCU couldn’t keep up with KCCA’s offense.
Purity Odhiambo led UCU’s poor offense with 14 points and 14 rebounds and was the only Lady Canon who reached double figures. Larraine Akiny contributed 5 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lady Canons hit a disappointing 11-of-46 attempts from inside the arc and 17-of-42 from the line.
Muhaimuna Namuwaya who – again stepped in for Martha Soigi picked game high 18 rebounds as the defending champions un-usually crashed UCU on the boards 60-47.

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