Saturday, October 16
*Diamonds in the Sun 57-81 Our Saviour
*Rez Life 63-58 Tropical Royals
*Entebbe Archers 54-66 Gulu Hawks
Sunday, October 17
*Kampala Rockets Vs Gulu Hawks
*Knight Riders Vs Charging Rhino
*Entebbe Archers Vs Rez Life
Rez Life upset Tropical Royals while Our Saviour and Gulu Hawks won their respective ties as the Lower Division Basketball resumed at Nakasero Primary School.
Despite a promising start, Tropical Royals trailed 16-14 after the first quarter and never recovered to lose their second game of the campaign.
Kevin Kasobya scored a game high 16 points while Philip Kalezi and Emmanuel Okot added 10 each for Rez Life.
Juma Osman scored 15 points, Joshua Duallo added 11 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort for Tropical Royals.
“The team had poor decision making and the players were unfit,” said Tropical Royals conditioning coach Bashir Bugeme.
“The game was not bad but we could not execute. Our next games are against Our Saviour and Kampala Rockets but I believe the team will play hard and have a good run against them.”
The Tropical Royals, 10-2, remain atop the Division One log having played a game more.
In the other games, Moses Mugisha led the way with 24 points and nine rebounds as Our Saviour beat Diamonds in the Sun.
Gulu Hawks beat Entebbe Archers 66-54 thanks to huge contributions from Keneth Ocira and Kenneth Mesho who garnered 25 and 12 points respectively.
The Division II game that was scheduled to take place between Vegetarian and Kings did not after the former withdrew from the league.
However, it’s withdrawal was granted at a common standing with the Federation. “Vegetarian had fielded an ineligible player for all its games before cancellation of the tournament. Therefore their participation post the games cancellation cannot change much in its statistics and position,” stated FUBA Vice President Ssegammwenge Hudson.
The games were generally slow-paced with a low
vibe compared to the regular heat the lower division games come with.
They were also characterized with injuries which all seem to indicate lack of unpreparedness for the resumption of the league.
Ssegamwenge further stated: “League resumption was a necessary move by the Federation and the timing is right. The injuries that are rocking the games will soon cease as most of the players will get accustomed to the pressure that comes with the league.”
The matches were played behind closed doors and only athletes with games were allowed entry.
Ssegammwenge added that they are trying to engage NCS to allow fans return without restrictions.