NBL Finals: UCU Dethrone JKL To Win 8th Title

Friday, October 14
*JKL Lady Dolphins 67-75 UCU Lady Canons (3-4)
*Nam Blazers 64-66 City Oilers


UCU Lady Canons were crowned champions of the 2022 Tusker-Lite sponsored Women National Basketball League champions on Friday night after overcoming defending champions JKL Lady Dolphins in game seven at Lugogo.

In an epic finale, the Lady Canons emerged 75-67 victors to clinch the best of seven series 4-3.

It was revenge best served for UCU who lost the past two finals to JKL.

And their 2022 triumph means that UCU have won the Women’s title for a record extending eighth time, while defunct Lady Bucks remain on six.

It is a disappointing result for JKL Lady Dolphins who were outright favourites to defend their title for a third time.

With a star-studded team led by veteran and most decorated Flavia ‘Flirsh’ Oketcho, Rita Imanishimwe who was chasing her sixth straight title, on-form Brenda Ekone and Hope Akello among others, JKL were a team that was to settle for nothing below a title.

Coming into the finals series with UCU, JKL Lady Dolphins had not lost a single game after finishing the regular season unbeaten, swept both Nabisunsa and KCCA at quarters and semis respectively.

And they were on course for an easy series win when they led 3-1, before UCU solved the puzzle to recover and won the last three games including Friday’s decider.

UCU showed early intent as they quickly got out of their blocks to lead the first quarter 18-6 and they later opened up a 20-point advantage at halftime.

The Lady Dolphins were not going down without a fight though, as they cut the deficit to 8 points inside the fourth quarter.

But everytime they looked to be coming back into the contest, when UCU pegged them back.

And the Canons held on to seal a title, many never expected them to win.

Rose Akon will take enormous credit for this one after finishing with 22 points and 29 rebounds, but it’s Milicent Otieno who gave UCU the needed edge when it mattered most.

Millicent scored six threes, most coming as needed reactions when JKL tried to close the gap, on her way to finishing with a game high 28 points.

Agatha Kamwada had 11 points for UCU as coach Nicholas Natuhereza pulled yet another master-class.

Imanishimwe and Akello had 19 points each, Flavia Oketcho had 10 points while Brenda Ekone was limited to just 4 points on a night she will love to forget easily.

Past Winners:
2022 – UCU Lady Canons
2021 – N/A (COVID)
2020 – N/A (COVID)
2019 – JKL Lady Dolphins
2018 – JKL Lady Dolphins
2017 – UCU Lady Canons
2016 – UCU Lady Canons
2015 – UCU Lady Canons
2014 – KCCA Leopards
2013 – UCU Lady Canons
2012 – KCCA Leopards
2011 – UCU Lady Canons
2010 – UCU Lady Canons
2009 – KCCA Leopards
2008 – UCU Lady Canons
2007 – KCCA Leopards
2006 – Lady Bucks
2005 – A1 Challenge
2004 – Lady Bucks
2003 – Makerere Sparks
2002 – Lady Bucks
2001 – Lady Bucks
2000 – Lady Bucks
1999 – Lady Bucks
1998 – Lady Bucks

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