NBL Playoffs: JKL Sweep KCCA To Storm Finals

Friday, September 16
•JKL Lady Dolphins 65-56 KCCA Leopards (3-0)

JKL Lady Dolphins are through to the NBL finals after sweeping KCCA Leopards.

JKL won game three 65-56 at YMCA in Wandegeya to complete a 3-0 sweep in the best of five semifinals.

The Dolphins had won game one and two 57-37 and 65-52 respectively in a series KCCA have been the second best throughout.

Needing nothing but a win to force at least game four, KCCA died fighting on Friday, but their effort proved not enought.

They welcomed back Sylvia ‘Balotelli’ Nakazibwe who had missed the entire playoffs due to her personal work in South Africa.

She made KCCA tick on the night, and were an improved version from the two previous games in these series. She made five rebounds and six assists but her main contribution was much visible with the way the team managed the ball well which has surely been their biggest undoing in the post season.

Martha Soigi and Leticia Awor scored 16 and 15 points respectively in a losing effort.

Brenda Ekone exploded for 22 points and was the only JKL player to reach double figures in scoring, with Stella Oyella, Flavia ‘Flirsh’ Oketcho and Hope Akello adding 9 points each.

It’s the end of the road for KCCA and were not favourites in this match-up but coach Ali Mavita will feel they could have done better.

They needed game three to eliminate Angels and had some unconvincing results in the regular season as well.

They will wait on the loser in the semifinal series between UCU and KIU, to fight for third place.

Third or fourth may not be a bad placement, but it’s still not good enough for a well funded team in KCCA calibre.

The Leopards have won the league title four times, but they will have to wait for another season to add on a fifth since their last triumph in 2014.

For JKL Lady Dolphins they remain unbeaten throughout having swept Nabisunsa Girls in the quarters.

Having won the last two titles (2018 and 2019), beating UCU in both finals, they will be settling nothing less than another title once more.

UCU Lady Canons is JKL’s likely opponent in the final once again as they lead KIU Rangers 2-0, with game three due Sunday at YMCA.

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