Kampala Rockets Shock KIU Titans

Sunday, August 20 (YMCA)
•Magic Stormers 61-51 Kampala University
•JKL Dolphins 91-81 KCCA Panthers
•Nkumba Lady Marines 35-80 KCCA Leopards
•Miracle Eaglets 52-62 A1 Challenge
•Kampala Rockets 61-57 KIU Titans

Kampala Rockets stunned KIU Titans thanks to a 61-57 win in a National Basketball League thriller at YMCA court in Wandegeya.

It’s a successive big win for the relegation battling Kampala Rockets who beat UCU Canons 85-78 on Saturday at the same venue.

And it’s an eighth victory in 20 games for the newcomers who will face D-mark Power in their last game of the regular season.

A win against Power will see Kampala Rockets survive relegation, but they can still stay up with defeat provided other teams slip up.

Rezlife Saints, to start with, have just three wins, while UPDF Tomahawks have to win their remaining three games to equal Rockets’ tally.

JKL Dolphins (7-13), KCCA Panthers (7-12) and Ndejje Angels (7-10) are still in relegation dog-fight as well.

On Sunday, Kampala Rockets had to come from a 14-18 first quarter deficit, fought from thereafter admiringly, on their way to a huge win.

And if this team survives the drop in their first ever season in top flight, this is one win they will look back with pride, and one that makes their best highlight of the campaign.

And they archived it on a seven-man rotation.

Kur Garang had 14 points while Francis Kasinde and Adut Mayer added 13 and 11 points respectively. Suka Fadhil contributed 10 rebounds and 8 points.

For KIU Titans, Peter Obleng (11pts & 12 rebs), Joseph Chuma (11pts & 13 rebs) and Amisi Saidi (10pts) were outstanding despite the loss.

But the Titans trio of Stanley Mugerwa, Innocent Ochera and Edgar Munaaba combined for zero points.

It’s another poor result for KIU Titans whose new coach Carey ‘T9’ Odhiambo returned to Kenya. And he will be expected to return just before the playoffs.

KIU Titans have City Oilers, Ndejje Angels and D-Mark Power in their last three fixture.



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