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NBL: Mark Opiyo Guides Warriors Past KCCA Panthers

Wednesday, June 28

Women
KCCA Leopards 75-48 Angels BC

Men
KCCA Panthers 64-77 Pemba Warriors

Mark Opiyo was the linchpin as Pemba Warriors overcame KCCA Panthers in a National Basketball League game played at YMCA Outdoor Court in Wandegeya.

Warriors won 64-77.

The Guard shot 6-11 scored 17 points, two rebounds and two assists, spending 23 minutes on the court.

Opiyo, who recently turned 28 this month, has now scored a total of 85 points this season, in his six games, averaging 13.6 points.

Marc Mathe scored 15, Daniel Gaaki and Amisi Saidi added 11 and 10 in that order, to seal the victory for the Kyambogo based team.

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The victory is the seventh for Ronnie Mutebi’s side this season. The team ends the first round with four losses.

Consistency, but not good enough.

KCCA Panthers showed consistency at YMCA as the team posted 16 points in all the four quarters but the efforts proved not enough to stop Warriors.

The new comers lost the first two quarters 16-24 and 16-18 to fall ten points at half time. The team was again limited to 16 points as Warriors added 21 points in the third quarter for the gap to widen to 15 points.

KCCA won the last quarter 16-14 but it wasn’t all that required to overturn the point difference on the cold evening.

The loss is the ninth for Roger Sserunyigo’s charges who are joint bottom with UPDF Tomahawks on the log.

KCCA (2-9) have now lost six games on the trot, with the team’s only two victories coming against UCU Canons and Sharing Youth.

Brian Waters who ended up wasteful on the night shot 3-18 on his way to 16 points, Frank Ikabat scored a game high 19 points before Brian Cucu garnered 13 in the team’s losing effort.

In the first game (Ladies division), KCCA Leopards proved too good for Angels Basketball Club (2-7) with a 75-48 victory, to collect their fifeth win of the campaign.

KCCA’s Joy Chemutai scored 12, Patricia Alado collected a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, the trio of Jackie Basemera, Grace Wanjiku and Judith ‘Ayo’ Nansobya scored 10 points, each.

Sylvia Nakazibwe provided KCCA’s required cover at the back with 10 rebounds.

In the loss, Summie Nabatanzi and Cathy Amugusut scored 15 and 10 points respectively.

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