Sunday, September 18
•UCU Lady Canons 65-40 KIU Rangers (3-0)
•UCU Canons 60-50 City Oilers (2-1)
•KIU Titans 61-75 Nam Blazers (1-3)
Namuwongo Blazers have stormed into their first National Basketball League finals in what is their first full season in top flight.
The Blazers beat KIU Titans 75-61 during Sunday’s game four at YMCA to win the best of five semifinals series 3-1.
Coach Stephen Nyeko’s side were promoted back in 2019 but due to COVID-19, they had to await until this year to play a full season in top flight after the 2020 season was not held while last year’s championship was halted and later cancelled.
They will meet winner between UCU Canons and City Oilers in the best of seven finals, with the latter leading the series 2-1.
This well funded team is not settling for anything less than a championship which comes with a chance to represent Uganda at the forthcoming Zone V Championship that will be held at Lugogo later this year.
But a trip to the final for now, is a huge Milestone for a team that has created divided opinion in their hefty transfer approach.
KIU Titans Huff and Puff in Game 4 Loss
KIU Titans shocked a couple when they stole game two to tie the series 1-1. But after last Friday’s defeat that put Blazers 2-1, KIU Titans were on brink of exit.
And they dug themselves a deep hole after a poor second quarter on Sunday in a well attended game.
KIU led the first quarter 13-10, but the Blazers feasted on poor decisions by the Titans to thread a 20-0 run and take a 36-20 lead at halftime.
KIU tried to stage a comeback, and in fact won both quarters in the second half, but damage had already been caused.
They were held at arms length, and twice trailed by eight points in the last quarter, but could not sustain their attacks and eventually ran out of steam.
Ariel Okall, formerly at KIU Titans, led the way for the Blazers with 20 points and 12 boards while Daniel Monoja also had a double double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Fidel Okoth (11pts, 10rebs), Joseph Chuma (10pts, 15rebs) and Gauis Mahamba gave it their all for KIU who missed point guard Michael Otieno.