Thursday, November 21
*Betway Power 69-73 UCU Canons (UCU win 3-1)
Friday, November 22
*KCCA Leopards Vs UCU Lady Canons (UCU lead 2-1)
*Warriors Vs City Oilers (Oilers lead 2-1)
UCU Canons reached the 2019 NBL final after beating Betway Power 73-69 in Thursday’s game three of the NBL best of five Playoffs at Lugogo to seal a 3-1 win.
Fadhi Chuma (19 points and 12 rebounds), Titus Lual (16 points and 12 rebounds) and David Deng Kongor (14 points) aided the ‘Canon-City’ to their first final since 2015 where they lost to City Oilers in a breathtaking game seven.
The Canons may face Oilers once again, who lead the other semifinal 2-1 against Ronnie Mutebi’s Warriors with game four set for Friday at Lugogo.
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Trailing 2-1, Power were on course to tying the series when they led 47-40 going into the last quarter but UCU flipped their switch to overturn the tables.
Paul Odong had a game higg 24 from 9-15 shooting, Libe Makala added 15 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort as the five time champions lacked a formidable supporting cast.
Joseph Ikong was a shadow of himself the whole night; the former club captain played 15 minutes and made no basket while Geoffrey Soro and Philip Ameny were 2-12 and 3-12 respectively.
Despite Amini Mkosa’s return for Power after missing the first three games, Power failed to shutdown a youthful UCU side, inspired by Fayed Baale’s trickery.
The best shooter in the league Isaiah Mabeny Ateer continued to have another frustrating night as his shooting blues continued with a 1-9 from the field but Jerry Kayanga managed to fetch nine poibts, all from long range.
Action continues on Friday with Oilers looking to seal another seventh straight final when they take on Warriors who will look to put Mandy Juruni’s champagne on ice.
UCU Lady Canons, leading 2-1, will be looking to replicate their male counterparts, when they face KCCA Leopards in the Women semifinal. JKL Lady Dolphins are already through after beating KIU Rangers 3-0.
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