Wednesday, June 22
•Victoria University 69-61 JKL Dolphins
•Power 70-65 KCCA Panthers
Francis ‘Odom’ Kasinde came out big as Power beat KCCA Panthers in an NBL match on Wednesday at Lugogo.
Odom who shot 7-for-16, filled the stat sheet with a game high 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in a player of the match performance.
It was an outstanding performance for the Big man who has struggled to find consistency throughout this season.
He is averaging 4.5 points and coach Bernis Ankunda will feel upbeat for Odom who is now adding scoring to his game.
Guddi ‘Kikiri’ Nasser was the other unlikely hero with 15 points while Isaac Afidra contributed 9 points and 12 rebounds in a deserved victory.
But Power needed to come from a 11-13 first quarter deficit in a game they showed character and grit.
They made 29 turnovers, two more than KCCA, but out rebounded the side 61-51 on their way to their 11th win of the season.
Power have now completed a league double over KCCA Panthers, having beaten the side 55-51 in March during the first round.
But Brian Wathum will feel proud of his side’s display after the Boys left everything on the court but were hard done by their inability to sink their shots on the night.
KCCA shot an ugly 19-for-21 from the field, only scoring two of their 18 shots from outside the three-point perimeter arc.
Rin Tueny Mabor had 16 points, Martin Buluma and Emmanuel Odongkara contributed 11 and 10 points in that order.
The loss ends KCCA’s three game winning streak and it’s the sixth loss for the Panthers this season.
Power (11-4) are third on the log behind leaders UCU and City Oilers, and the five-time champions will fancy their chances to climb up with games against JKL, Victoria University, Our Saviour and Tropical Royals next on their menu.