JKL Stage Late Outburst To Sink UCU, Force Game Seven

Game Six
Sunday, December 8
*UCU Lady Canons 50-51 JKL Lady Dolphins

Game Seven
Wednesday, December 11
*JKL Lady Dolphins Vs UCU Lady Canons

With 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the 2019 Women NBL championship trophy was being taken to UCU campus in Mukono – but the transportation process was dramatically halted midway at Namanve, as JKL who were trailing by 11 points at the time obliterated UCU down the stretch to set up a decider on Wednesday.

No one could have predicted that it would end this way when UCU led 41-27 going into the last frame, and I can personally confess, my report (story) about the game was two-thirds done!

But that’s the joy of the game. And YMCA had a full dose of it on a Sunday evening.

Now the momentum must have surely shifted to JKL’s favour who won the last quarter 24-9 to squeeze a 51-50 win against all live odds.

JKL (L-R): Stella Oyella, Muhayi Namuwaya, Flavia Oketcho, Hope Akello, Rita Imanishimwe. Viva Osuna/FUBA

Hope Akello started the comeback when she converted from three-point range to set the score at 41-49 with three minutes on the clock.

JKL added another 5-0 run to reduce the gap to three points, 46-49 with 1:35 remaining.

UCU’s Zainah Lokwameri converted her first free-throw and missed the other before JKL’s captain Flavia ‘Flirsh’ Oketcho set the score at 50-49 after dropping a big three-pointer.

UCU’s Ruth Noela Letaru turned over the ball with Muhayimuna Namuwaya capitalising on the advantage to find Stella Oyella who made what proved to be the game winning lay-up.

Zainah had a chance to bring it back for the Lady Canons but her three-point effort rattled the rim.

Zainah Lokwameri (left) tries to stop JKL’s Stella Oyella.
Sarah Ageno (right) seeking to find her way past Oyella at YMCA.

Oyella finished with 15 points while Akello had 12 for the defending Champions.

Sarah Ageno managed 13 points and 11 rebounds, Rose Akon also came up with another double double of 10 points and 17 rebounds in a losing effort.

UCU shot an ugly 2-of-10 from the free-throw lone while shooting 14% from beyond the arc in game they made 27 turnovers.



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