Friday, April 28
•UCU Canons Vs KCCA Leopards – 6:30pm
•UCU Canons Vs Nam Blazers – 8:30pm
Nam Blazers will all go out to hand UCU Canons their second loss of the ongoing Tusker-Lite sponsored NBL season in what promises to be a pulsating affair at the Indoor Arena in Lugogo.
The Canons come into this game on the back of a deserved 66-45 win over holders City Oilers and will be fancying their chances to flourish against the Blazers.
But Blazers coach Stephen ‘Escodata’ Nyeko remains positive ahead of the clash, having beaten the Canons 66-45 last season which was later cancelled due to COVID-19.
“Part of our strategy for this season is to treat every game with the respect it deserves and to play with positive minds for a win,” Nyeko told The-SportsNation.
“Playing UCU in itself is already a motivation as they come with different styles of play and are a good side.
“It’s a game of Basketball where the better team of the day wins so we are not scared.”
The Blazers have blown hot and cold this season; despite beating City Oilers 58-54 in the league opener, they have lost against Newcomers Our Saviour and less fancied JKL Dolphins.
“Those are not ‘weaker’ teams,” Nyeko starts when asked about the team’s two losses.
“The players just got complacent and took the game for granted and once you do that, you get to pay the price.”
They will bank on Power forward cum centre Amisi ‘Carmelo’ Saidi Danny who has proved more consistent this season.
And in Joseph Ikong, Paul Odongo, Daniel Juuko, Collins Kasujja among others, the Blazers have enough armoury to match the Canons whose only loss this season was a shocking defeat against Victoria University.