Airtel National Basketball League
Men: Power 73-67 Warriors
Women: KCCA 36-50 UCU
Three defeats in four games, the Riham Warror’s Airtel National Basketball League season is fast turning into a nightmare and thanks to eternal enemies DMark Power, Warriors were victims of a 73-67 humiliation at Lugogo Indoor Stadium on Friday night.
Warriors should have competed better against Ndejje had it not been for giving away several second chance points on top of Power’s utilization of foul power at any chance.
Power who fell to Warriors by a 26-point defeat in the first round fixture maintained consistency had Ben Komakech scored game high 16 points, picked 12 rebounds and handed out 4 helpers to lead the way for Power (13-2). Norman Blick added 11 points and 10 rebounds while David Kiberu contributed 12 points.
But the champions were clueless though having welcomed back industrious duo, vice captain Ronnie Kasewu and lanky Sam Gombya who have been down in the last two weeks with a hamstring injury and fever respectively and only resumed training this week.
Their 7 points lead at the start of the second half was the biggest lead they had to the end of the game as Power rallied back with a 10-2 run at the start of the third and kept close going into the decisive quarter. Henry Malinga scored team high 12 points for Warriors (11-5) and the only one who scored in double figures. Ivan Enabu picked season high 14 rebounds to go with 9 points.
“We lacked momentum and have ourselves to blame for the loss,” Ronnie Kasewu (5 points, 5 rebounds & 4 assists) told RED Pepper Online after the defeat. His compatriot Gombya also picked 8 points and 11 rebounds on the night.
“We were playing against the clock and trying to get as many possessions as we can but they were converting on the line.” Warriors coach, Emmanuel Samanya added.
Power who carried away the first (16-14), third (52-51) and fourth (73-67) quarters were successful in avenging their first round humiliation; ““We could not have let Warriors beat us again,” vowed Power captain Joseph Ikong after the game.
“We had a game plan and followed it till the last second but obviously a few lapses came up,” he added.
The shooting guard recorded a game high 16 points and 4 assists for Power while point guard, Ben Komakech also matched the game high 16 points and picked 12 rebounds.
In the other big fixture, Purity Odhiambo scored game high 20 points to lead the way for Lady Canons as they maintained their quest of going through an eight-team league unbeaten. Peace Proscovia added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Martha Soigi scored 10 points and picked 10 rebounds to lead KCCA. Claire Lamunu added 9 points and Flavia Oketcho contributed 8 points.