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Falcons celebrate Obol wedding with victory over Titans

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KIU Titans’ Micheal Makiadi shields the ball from Falcons star Stephen Omony on Saturday.

KIU Titans’ Micheal Makiadi shields the ball from Falcons star Stephen Omony on Saturday. PHOTO BY ismail kezaala. 

By Ismail D. Kigongo

Posted  Monday, November 19   2012 at  02:00
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Saturday Results

Falcons 56-42 KIU
W: KCCA 51-42 Stormers
(Falcons and KCCA lead series 2-1)
Div. 2: Bush Court 67-69 City Oilers
(City Oilers win series 2-0)
Div. 3: Jackets 59-54 UMU Flames
(Series tied 1-1)

Kampala

Not even the wedding of former player and coach Sam Obol on Saturday could spur Falcons into becoming a more offensive outfit.

Hours after the 2003 MVP exchanged vows with Barbara Phibabie, the record champions came to the Lugogo MTN Arena in a jovial mood.

They left even happier to catch up with the reception knowing that their 56-42 win over KIU Titans put them within touching distance of a first finals appearance in four years.

Falcons lead the best-of-five Fuba League semifinal playoff series 2-1. Game Four is on Wednesday and victory will put Falcons in the final. It was an eventful day for Stephen Omony.

The forward left the bridal entourage and came to Lugogo to score a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds for Falcons. His figures included three for three from the field and four for seven from downtown. Soon after, Omony was back in his suit, which had a matching purple tie and headed out.

Philip Ameny pounded KIU for 15 points and 12 rebounds. However, this series is still being played in slumber mode. No wonder very few fans are watching. “It’s our defense that is bailing us out,” Falcons coach Tony Oluka said. Neither team has crossed 60 points yet with the closest being KIU’s 56-54 victory last Wednesday.

Coach Gad Eteu remains adamant. “I don’t care whether we entertain or not provided we get the wins,” Eteu said. The problem with this series is not entertainment. The second seed and KIU, third seed, are playing way below their abilities. This one was an off-day for KIU. “Our transition game was not good,” said Nimrod Kaboha, the KIU coach.

“We committed too many turnovers but the good thing is that we now know our mistakes. You will see on Wednesday,” he warned.

Elsewhere, KCCA Leopards beat Magic Stormers 51-42 on Saturday to take a 2-1 series lead in the women’s semifinals. The winner faces defending champions UCU Lady Canons.

ikigongo@ug.nationmedia.com