Friday, August 12
•Tropical Royals Vs UCU Canons – 7pm
•JKL Dolphins Vs Nam Blazers – 9pm
Namuwongo Blazers will be hoping to end the regular season on a high when they face off with JKL Dolphins in their last regular season game of the 2022 Tusker-Lite sponsored NBL at YMCA.
A win on Friday will ensure that Nam Blazers (19-4) finish the campaign on top before start of the much anticipated playoffs on August 19.
The top team in the playoffs gets the lowest ranked team at the quarterfinals, and also, Nam Blazers will avoid both City Oilers and UCU Canons until the final if they get their.
They have been in impressive form and come into Friday’s game on the back of a 14-game winning streak, the longest in the division.
And will be looking to get revenge over JKL Dolphins who is one of the teams to have beaten them this season.
It’s strong to note that JKL beat Nam Blazers 62-57 in the First Round on April 3.
Nam Blazers’ last loss was a 67-73 defeat in the hands of UPDF Tomahawks on April 30.
They have already added former KIU Titans forward Peter Obleng, who was playing in Burundian League, as they continue to strengthen their squad ahead of the playoffs.
The Blazers have set a bar high for themselves and want to win the league title in their first full season in National Basketball League.
Remember, Nam Blazers’ first season in top flight was last year before the league was called off due to COVID-19.
They reshuffled their squad, added a couple of pieces including Amisi ‘Carmelo’ Saidi Danny who has turned out to be the leading contender for the Regular Season MVP.
And despite a shaky first round, Nam Blazers have been unstoppable since and few will doubt their claim to ending City Oilers’ run to an eighth straight league title.
Carmelo has been rested in their last three league games and they have remained unscathed, such is the richness of their loaded roster.
The Dolphins on the other hand, have won twice and lost four in their last six games.
They are led by a good trio of Mabor Makol, Malual Dier and Brian Namake who are scoring in double figures, the former also averaging 13.4 rebounds.
But it’s been their bench that has failed to pull up their stocks, and as a result, they sit outside the playoffs places.
Failure to beat Nam Blazers on Friday, a bigger possibility, will see them miss out on the playoffs leaving the remaining eighth slot to one of KCCA Panthers or Ndejje University Angels.
The regular season ends on Sunday with three fixtures: KIU Rangers Vs KCCA Leopards, KCCA Panthers Vs UPDF Tomahawks, UCU Canons Vs Ndejje Angels.