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NBL: Javon Shocks A1 Challenge As JKL Survive Nkumba Scare

 

Sunday, August 12
Javon Lady Phenoms 53-52 A1 Challenge
JKL Lady Dolphins 47-46 Nkumba Lady Marines

Javon Lady Phenoms pulled one of the biggest regular season shocks when they beat up on Championship contenders A1 Challenge.

Javon won 53-52 in a game played at YMCA Court in Wandegeya.

Trailing by just a point with just seconds on the clock, Joan Makanga made a two-point jump shot at the final buzzer as Javon picked their third victory of the season from 17 attempts.

Ruth Atuheirwe was the star of the day as she shot 7-8 on the field to collect a double double of 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

Joan Makanga also collected a double double of 10 points and as many rebounds. Grace Kusaba added 15 points on the day.

Despite rotating on only seven players, Jonathan Egau’s Javon side looked a better side from the word go. The team led 20-18 at halftime before extending the lead to five points going into the last quarter. Javon lost the last quarter, 20-24 but damage had already been caused.

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A1’s Priscilla Sheila Abbey scored a game high 24 points.

When A1 was leading 51-52 inside the last minute, Vicky Ntale who made a cameo appearance for A1, was fouled but she could later miss both of the free throws on the line: Irene Akullo picked a rebound, passed to Sandra Assimwe, who missed before Joan who rebounded and converted a two pointer at the final buzzer to send Javon players into wild celebrations.

This, was A1’s fifth loss of the season. Ethan Ambrose’s side have now lost three games in a row. A1 remain in fourth place on the log.

JKL Live To Die Another Day

Jamila Nansikombi was once again at the rescue as JKL Lady Dolphins squeezed past Nkumba Lady Marines by the skin of their teeth.

Jamila, known as Zama by many, scored JKL’s last two baskets to edge a thriller in a game played under hot temperatures (1:30 PM tip-off).

Zama scored 13 points to add on Ritah Imanishimwe’s 14, as JKL sealed their top spot in the ladies National Basketball League.

It looked to be a walk in the park for Mandy Juruni’s Dolphins at the start when they led 10-1 (yes, Nkumba only had one point in the first quarter) – However, JKL were given a big run for their money.

Nkumba, inspired by Brenda Ekon who scored 20 points on the day, won the second and third quarter 13-15 and 11-17 respectively to reduce the gap to just one point going into the last quarter.

Nkumba at various occasions went in the lead, but JKL had the right answers in an Ekon-Zama epic thriller.

Table Standings

1. JKL Lady Dolphins 16-1
2. UCU Lady Canons 13-3
3. KCCA Leopards 13-3
4. A1 Challenge 11-5
5. KIU Rangers 7-11
6. Nkumba Lady Marines 7-10
7. Angels Basketball Club 4-11
8. Javon Lady Phenoms 3-13
9. Magic Stomers 4-10
10. UMU Ravens 3-12

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