Wednesday, July 6
•A1 Challenge 40-70 JKL Ladies
•Our Saviour 85-91 Ndejje Angels
Ndejje University Angels needed overtime to squeeze past Our Saviour on Wednesday at Lugogo in the National Basketball League.
But Our Saviour will rue missed opportunities in a game they should have finished off down the stretch before overtime.
Leading by eight points in the opening exchanges of the fourth quarter, Our Saviour saw their lead gradually sliced before Ndejje’s Hassan Ssentamu eventually laid up to level the tie 77-all with less than 10 seconds on the clock.
And Our Saviour were handed the best opportunity to win the game from the charity line but guard Joseph Wacha missed both free-throws.
And to make matters worse, when he picked the rebound on the last missed free-throw, he failed to score a jumper, before even his teammate Moses Mugisha’s would-be game winning shot rimmed out to compound their misery.
In the overtime, Ajak’s opening driving layup was cancelled by Donald Bakara’s made hook shot, but thereafter Our Saviour shot an ugly 0-for-10 from the field, with their next six points coming from the free-throw line to suffer 8-14 in the period and eventually lose by six points.
It was a poor ending for Our Saviour whose effort of going on a 22-run when Ndejje led by 15 points earlier on goes unrewarded.
But coach Moses Okwera will very well know that it’s their shooting blues when it mattered the most that deprived them of a chance to win their eighth match, and in turn, it’s now their 11th loss of the season.
Ajak was once again outstanding with another game high 26 points for Ndejje Angels who won their second league game in a row after beating KIU Titans on Saturday.
Godwin Muhamiriro and Cikom Munbai had 14 points each while Haron Alinaitwe (10) and Livingstone Kimambo (11) also scored in double figures, the latter adding 10 rebounds to seal a double double.
Bakara scored 23 points, Wacha had 14 points while Moses Mugisha (12pts, 18rbs) and Henry Ssebagala (11pts, 10rbs) had double doubles.