UCU’s point guard Joas Maheta has said that his team has to convert the few chances if they are to compete seriously this season.
UCU Canons have only managed three victories so far this season – They picked their first victory against Ndejje, then defeated UPDF before Rhino’s victory on Sunday.
Beside the opening walk-over loss to Warriors, the team is 3-3: second from the bottom on the National Basketball League table.
On Sunday, the team returned to winning ways following a recent 69-60 loss against Betway Power.
UCU eased past Charging Rhino 72-55, in a game that saw Maheta score 19 points, shooting 8-15 on the day.
However, the side only made 26 out of the 61 shots attempted on court, a stat Maheta believes should be worked on.
In an interview with ChimpSports shortly after the Rhino victory, the Tanzanian, responding to where the team should improve, noted:
We have to convert the few chances as of now, play better, play better defense, do communicate well and team work.”
On how they managed to bounce back from Power victory, he revealed: “We settled down, looked through the mistakes we made, checked on those few chances we didn’t make and worked up on that and now I think it worked.”
In the loss against Power, Maheta registered no point the whole game, failing to convert from his seven attempts.
He made 19 points against Rhino, shooting 8-15, before adding three assists.
I had to stay focussed and I got encouraged by my teammates not to back down,” he further explained.
Maheta has made 13 threes (converting outside the three point arc), level with JKL Dolphins’ Jude Ochen – Only KIU Titans’ Sudi Ulanga (15) and UPDF Tomahawks’ Henry Okoth (16) have scored more this season.
UCU remaining games in this first round:
June 15: Sharing Youth, Lugogo
June 17: JKL Dolphins, Lugogo
June 23: KIU Titans, UCU Courts
June 24: Our Saviour, YMCA