NBL Playoffs: Nam Blazers Take Lead Against KIU

Friday, September 16
•JKL Lady Dolphins 65-56 KCCA Leopards (3-0)
•Nam Blazers 69-50 KIU Titans (2-1)


Nam Blazers are back in control of their semifinal series after a 69-50 game three win against KIU Titans on Friday during the NBL Playoffs at Wandegeya.

The Blazers now lead the best of five series 2-1 and will seal a place in their first ever final if they win game four on Sunday.

After a set back in game two, this was the kind of response coach Stephen ‘Esco’ Nyeko demanded from his players.

Daniel ‘Dudus’ Monoja led the way with a double double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, Peter Obleng and Chris Omanye had 16 and 13 points respectively against their former side.

It was the first game for Omanye (Congo) in the playoffs after he was sidelined in favour of Ken Wachira (Kenya) due to limited slots for foreign players that make the roster.

But he paid back the coach’s trust with a disciplined performance. And it remains to be seen if he will be retained for the future ties, but it’s a good headache to have however.

Fidel Okoth had 16 points but he lacked support from his teammates as no other KIU player reached in double figures.

Gaius Mahamba who orchestrated their game two win, had his minutes reduced on Friday and consequently failed to replicate his previous performance – making two points, four rebounds and two assists.

The return of Michael Otieno did not make the team tick as expected, and even the rotation failed to impact proceedings.

Edgar Munaaba was 0-for-5 from the field while Isaiah Mabeny’s shots also failed to drop and finished with just 8 points.

One thing the Titans have done right is to stop Amisi Saidi ‘Carmelo’ Danny (4 points), but it will take more than that to win a whole series.

The Titans who turned over the ball 31 times, now face a huge mountain to climb while the ball is now back in the Blazers court.

City Oilers lead UCU Canons 2-0 in the other semifinal whose game three will be played on Sunday.

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