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NBL: Titans, Oilers Ease to Semis as Canons Grind Past Warriors

Regular season leaders City Oilers and Kampala International University (KIU) Titans made light work of their opponents to reach the semifinal phase of this year’s national basketball league.

In the games played on Sunday at the YMCA outdoor court, recipe Wandegeya, defending champions defeated UPDF Tomahwks 69-63 to win the series 2-0.

KIU Titans, one of the favourites to lift the title this year also eased past record league champions to take the series 2-0 winning game two 77-57.

However, the biggest game of the day was between last year’s finalists UCU Canons and two time winners Pemba Warriors.

Warriors took game one but after a recovery win for the Nicholas Natuhereza side on Friday, game was going to determine who progresses to the next stage.

Canons required a buzzer beater from Brian Namake to win a thrilling game 63-62 to edge past a resilient Pemba Warriors side.

In a game that had the lead oscillating from one side to another, Warriors took the first quarter 21-21 before adding nine more points in the second period to take the first half lead 33-28 in a very close contest.

The trend kept constant even after the interval with Canons managing 12 points in the third quarter one short of Warriors tally of 13 and the latter headed into the final period with a six point lead.


But it was Brian Namake’s layup from a rebound at the buzzer that helped Canons edge past Warriors on a single point which was contested by the Warriors bench claiming he scored after the buzzer but the match officials had their decision stand.

The only tie yet to be decided involves Power and Our Saviour with the game tied at 1-1. The winner will take on KIU Titans.

The semifinals start on Friday with UCU canons taking on City Oilers in a repeat of last year’s final in the men’s category while UCU Lady canons take on  AI challenge in the first semi final clash in the women’s category.

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