Sunday, March 26
*Kampala University 50-74 JKL Lady Dolphins
•Magic Stormers 69-63 JT Lady Jaguars
•A1 Challenge 43-66 UCU Lady Canons
•City Oilers Vs KCCA Panthers, 4pm
•Power Vs Ndejje University, 6pm
Magic Stormers produced the first shocker of the season after handing JT Lady Jaguars a 69-63 defeat in the NBL encounter on Sunday at the indoor arena, Lugogo.
JT Ladies who opened their season with a 75-24 win over Nkumba on Saturday, looked on course for a routine win after leading the Stormers 19-10 after the first quarter.
And the side who won last year’s Division one unbeaten, were up by eight points at halftime.
But Magic Stormers, coached by John Omondi, rallied back into the contest with swarming defence and cut the deficit to just two points.
It remained a close affair in the fourth quarter, and it became worse for JT after Namuwaya Muhayimuna and Sarah Ageno fouled out.
And when Magic Stormers went into the lead down the stretch, they held on until the final buzzer.
“This was a big one, and it has shown that we are doing a good job, the girls are getting composed and they can now believe they can play and if they can continue with this momentum it’s all good for the season,” said Omondi.
“We knew they (JT Ladies) are a good team that picked the right players, us being the small team we were not having too much experience. We always rise on the fact that we are young, and we put teams at a tough situation. If they cannot beat the press, they cannot win, I think this is one thing we are riding on.
“The press worked well, it gave us composure, the offense was a little bit lame but the fact that defence was building our momentum it all went well, I realised they could not crack the press and we insisted and we maintained it.”
Mapeesa, as Omondi is commonly known in the basketball Circles, said that his side needs to improve on their shooting and offense in general.
Daphine Adong and Kur Ajang led the way with 22 and 21 points respectively while Charity Lamaro was also in double figures with 10 points for the Stormers.
Sarah Ageno scored 16, Zainah Lokwameri managed 13 while Rhoda Naggita weighed in with 11 points in a losing effort.
Its the second for Magic Stormers who opened the league last Sunday with a 64-56 win over Miracle Eaglets.
For JT, it’s their first loss in the Club’s brief history, and this will be a check point for a side that has been fronted as one of the league’s title favourites this season.