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NBL: KCCA Leopards Flourish, Rhino Charge UPDF

Wednesday, June 6

Women:
KCCA Leopards 56-40 KIU Rangers

Men:
UPDF Tomahawks 61-65 KIU Rangers

KCCA Leopards and Charging Rhinos picked maximum points in their respective National Basketball League games played on a cold Wednesday evening at YMCA Outdoor court at Wandegeya, Kampala.

The first game of the day, saw KCCA Leopards ease past KIU Rangers with a comfortable 56-40 victory.

In what was a tight game at the start, last year’s runners up were made to sweat before edging the first quarter 12-8.

KCCA, as Martha Soigi said after the game’s interview, managed to re-group and the side never looked back: The girls in yellow dominated the next two quarters to take a 50-29 lead into the last quarter.

The University side tried to stage a rally, winning the last quarter 6-11 but their efforts were not enough as damage had already been caused.

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KCCA’s trio of Soigi, Judith Nansobya and Cynthia Irakunda scored 10 points each.

The victory is the third in a row for the Leopards who had recorded victories against A1 Challenge and Nkumba Lady Marines in their recent games.

It should be remembered that KCCA had a poor start to the season, falling to UCU and JKL.

I am just getting fit after a long lay off and I believe that with time we will be good to go,” started Soigi who missed the team’s opening games of the season.

We have some new players and new coaches, we are just getting the team bonding.”

Speaking about the victory, she noted:

We started low in the first quarter, but after learning what we were supposed to do, we started to flourish, we worked on our defence because it’s defence which always win games.”

Fiona Apiyo scored 10 points and Mafia Mesudi added 9 in a losing effort.

The defeat ends KIU Rangers’ winning streak that had seen the side pick maximum points against Nkumba, Magic Stormers and Javon Ladies.

Next for the University side is a tough game against JKL Lady Dolphins on June 9 (if the game is played as JKL lost two of their players to the FIBA 3*3 World cup team). KCCA leopards will hope to continue with their form when they take on Javon the following day.

Rhino Return to winning ways

In the last game of the day, Henry Okoth’s 19 points were not enough as UPDF Tomahawks lost 61-65 to Charging Rhinos.

Despite falling 19-15 inside the first ten minutes, Rhinos managed to stage a come back, to claim a hard fought victory.

Abel Omongin was the star of the day for Rhino, scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Samuel Wacha and Swaib Kalungi also added 11 points each, as the new comers returned to winning ways.

Rhino had lost their past five games despite the fact that they had won their opening game of the season, against JKL Dolphins.

This is UPDF’s sixth loss of the season, their only victory came up against Ndejje University Angles.

Baker Kyambadde’s charges will return to court on June 9 at YMCA against Sharing Youth, the same day Rhino will play Ndejje.

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