Friday, July 19
*UCU Canons Vs Ndejje Angels – 6:30PM
*JKL Dolphins Vs City Oilers – 8:30PM
UCU Canons will target another routine victory when they face Ndejje University Angels in the National Basketball League.
The Mukono-based side won the first round tie 70-65 on April 14 at Indoor Arena in their opening game of the season.
Nicholas Natuhereza’s UCU are seated atop of the league with a 13-2 (wins-losses) record from 15 league games. Ndejje on the other hand are seventh with seven wins and as many losses.
Canons captain Joas Maheta has said that his side is ready to remain afloat ahead of the University derby.
“The preparations prior to the game have been good,” Joas told this website. “We sat down as a team and have tried to rectify our mistakes, covered the loopholes that our opponents must use we are now good to go.”
“We will just go out there, play well, play safe, have fun and hope to enjoy the game.”
UCU have had a dream season so far, thanks to the team effort especially from David Deng Dikong, Joas, Fayed Baale, Fadhil Chuma, Isaiah Mabeny Ater and Titus Lual.
UCU come into the fixture as outright favourites but it promises to be a tricky affair as Ndejje have always been a difficult team to break down.
However, they have so far failed to live as expected if we are go to go with their decent squad that has Salim Kisilu, Samuel Ajack, Innocent Ochera, Derrick Katumba, Gauthier Badhera among others.
Walker Obedi’s charges have only won once from their last five games, beating Kampala University 76-69 but have lost to Warriors twice, City Oilers and Betway Power.
UCU Canons on the other hand, last lost against Power (58-80), but have beaten up on JKL, KCCA and Kampala University.
League Standings – Men
UCU Canons (13-2)
City Oilers (12-3)
JKL Dolphins (11-4)
Betway Power (9-4)
KIU Titans (8-5)
Ndejje Angels (7-7)
Sharing Youth (5-9)
KCCA Men (4-10)
Kampala University (2-13)
Our Saviour (0-15)
*No. Team. (Win-loss)
Enjoy the first round photos – courtesy of Tsaubah Stone.