Ulanga Guides UCU Canons Past Falcons

Uganda Christian University (UCU) is no longer the unexpected guest at the FUBA play-offs after exhibiting intentions to prolong its stay this time round.

UCU Canons star guard Sudi Ulanga beats Ronnie Kasewu to the basket during last year's play
UCU Canons star guard Sudi Ulanga beats Ronnie Kasewu to the basket during last year’s play

The UCU canons team claimed an 80-76 victory over record champions Falcons in the second game of the best-of-three series of FUBA play-offs at the YMCA arena last night.

Sudi Ulanga, with a three-pointer gave UCU an edge in the final minute before Ivan Lumanyika put the finishing touch with two free-throws. Ulanga led his side with 26 points and seven rebounds while Lumanyika contributed 25 points and picked 12 rebounds. Falcon’s side was led by Kiviiri who scored 20 points and veteran Steven Omony had 19.

Falcons stormed out the gates as the quick passes of Cyrus Kiviiri gave them an 18-15 and 20-9 lead in the first and second quarters. But the University side exploded for 27 points in the third period to take a 51-50 lead into the fourth quarter.

While Falcons led 66-62 with just over two minutes to play in the fourth Quarter, Canons went on an 8-1 to lead 70-67 after a few seconds of play when Ulanga knocked off Kiviiri for a three pointer. However, UCU never looked back as Ulanga propelled the side to win the game.

UCU lost 67-64 to Falcons in their first meet and they will face-off in a decider game this Friday to determine which team books a slot in the semi-finals.

In the ladies game, A1 Challenge defeated KIU Rangers 49-39 to successively win their second best-off series game. This was A1’s second sweep of KIU in as many years. Vickie Ntale scored 10 points and picked 15 rebounds for A1 Challenge.

Ulanga said that they still have to get back on work because they have one more game to accomplish and achieve their target of getting to the finals.

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