Men: City Oil 74 Falcons 72
(City Oil lead series 1-0)
Women: KCCA 56 UCU 52
(KCCA lead series 1-0)
Today, Game 2 at Lugogo
Third-place playoff result
Women: Stormers 54 A1 50
Former Power star Jimmy Enabu scored 18 points and a Man-of-the match performance as league newcomers edged record champions Falcons 74-72 to take a 1-0 lead in the seven-game series with Game Two set for today at the Lugogo MTN Arena.
His 18 points had kept Falcons in sight though this result came down to shots on the charity line. Falcons, last champions in 2007, made only 20 of 46. Omony missed 11 of his 21 visits to the line.
Stephen Omony grabbed a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Falcons but the best player in the NBL Playoffs was guilty of missing 11 free throws. In total, the Falcons missed 26 free throws while City Oil missed only 11. Geoff Omondi and Phillip Amweny made 14 and 10 points respectively for the Falcons.
Kami Kabangu scored 21 points and 11 rebounds for the victors having connected only 7 of his 22 field goals. There doesn’t seem much Falcons can change in the 48-hour turnaround.
Defending women champions KCCA Leopards condemned the UCU Canons to their first defeat of the season with a 56-52 win in Game 1 of their respective NBL Finals. Game Two of both playoff finals is today at Lugogo.