Monday, October 22
UCU Lady Canons vs JKL Lady Dolphins, 7 PM
(Game 3, Best of 7)
UCU Lady canons will meet JKL Lady Dolphins in game three in the Women National Basketball League finals on Monday at MTN Indoor arena in Lugogo.
UCU are trailing the best of seven series 2-0. JKL won game one 70-64 on Wednesday before extending their lead with a 75-69 victory in game two on Friday, last week.
UCU are yet to lose a league playoff series in the last three years, but as things stand, it might take a miracle for the University side to bounce back.
Speaking after game two loss, Zainah Lokwameri noted: “We lost concentration, you can easily that tell we are not connecting at all.”
Zainah, who explained why the team is using four big men (women), added: “We have been even three down before, it’s not yet over, We will be back stronger, We just need concentration that’s all.”
Their rivals JKL are playing their first top flight finals. They were ranked by many as outsiders since they are facing joint record league holders in UCU who have won it seven times – just like the now defunct Lady Bucks.
JKL are not at their best yet, but they have managed to scrap through with a 2-0 lead.
Both games have been, so close, with the Lady Canons losing it in the last minutes of the fourth quarter, as UCU guard Rosine Micomyiza explains:
“As u can see we are loosing the games in the same way like 3 minutes to play, am sure we going to take care of that come Monday.”
Micomyiza called up on
her teammates to stop the blame game: “We are making mob turnovers and we are rushing in offense. People are not trusting each other, there is no team work but there is too much blaming of each other when some one makes a mistake.”
The ‘Canon City’ have drawn confidence from their past record, to say that they will be able to make a U-turn in the series.
In the absence of Coach Nicholas Natuhereza, the team is under the stewardship of Emmanuel Kiguyi and Samuel Lukaire.
Kiguyi noted that there’s still hope: “The series is not yet over. The two games have been close to the very even and could have gone either way so the series is still on.”
It should be noted that UCU lost to JKL even in the regular season (both games).
UCU will continue to miss the services of Rhoda Naggita who has been ruled out of the series definetly following an injury she picked in FIBA Africa Zone Five Championship in Tanzania.
Ageno (12,18) Vilma (15,14) and Zainah (15,13) have managed to score double point figures in both game one and two, despite being at the losing end.
UCU will also have to rely on Rosine Micomyiza, Brenda Kayaga and Rose Akon for a positive result.