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)
UCU Canons managed to save their season with a deserved 60-50 game three win on Sunday in NBL semifinal playoffs at YMCA in Wandegeya.
The Victory halves City Oilers’ lead to 2-1, denying the seven-time champions a chance to sweep the Canons en-route to the final.
And after Sunday’s impressive show, UCU will fancy their chances to tie the series on Wednesday when the two sides meet at YMCA for game four.
The winner of this series march on to the finals where they will meet Nam Blazers who eliminated KIU Titans 3-1 in the other semi.
After last Wednesday’s game two loss, UCU had a long and quiet trip back to Mukono in deep thoughts. It was a moment of reckoning ahead of a mission impossible. Their season was on the edge of the abyss.
And on Sunday, they managed to redeem themselves on an evening everything went wrong for City Oilers.
The first quarter ended 10-10 but the Canons slowly built their lead and opened a 11-point gap midway through the second quarter and Oilers played catch-up from thereafter.
The Oilers came four points within closing the gap midway through the last quarter, but four quick fire points from Titus Lual saw UCU pull away again and they were soon out of sight before the final buzzer.
Fayed Baale had a game high 14 points while Fadhil Chuma added 11 points for his best performance in the play offs this season.
No City Oilers players scored in double digits, with Francis Azolibe and Jimmy Enabu contributing 9 and 8 points respectively.
The momentum is on UCU’s side but expect the Oilers to come out guns blazing on Wednesday.
UCU Coach Nicholas Natuhereza will be pleased with the result, but not the performance after his side missed 21 of 24 threes, with the trio of Fayed, Titus and Jerry going for a combined 0-for-12 while Sudi Ulanga shot 1-for-6 from three as well.
Peter Sifuma failed to find the spark once again after registering five points and as many rebounds.
But they notably managed to out-rebound Oilers 57-42 and will hope to come with the same game-winning mentality on Wednesday otherwise a gentleman’s broom is inevitable.