Kampala. In no particular order City Oilers, Pemba Warriors, Betway Power KIU Titans and UCU Canons seem assured of finishing among the top five seeds in the National Basketball League.
But after the opening weekend of the second regular season, the picture might not be as clear for the rest of the teams in 12-team division.
StarTimes Falcons and JKL Dolphins believe that they will be in the mix as the rest of the seven teams battle for the final three playoff positions by picking up unlikely victories at YMCA on Sunday evening.
Buoyed by the acquisitions of Jacob Marenga and Kikuni Basubi, six-time champions Falcons who struggled throughout the first round, matched their pre-game talk by completing a 2-0 regular season sweep over Sharing Youth.
Boosted by a 29-11 fourth quarter burst, Falcons overcame an 11-point deficit at the start of the fourth period to win 67-60 for their third win 12 attempts. Marenga chipping in with 15 points on his debut was part of the supporting cast that included Dikckson Asiku and Vinnie Jurua.
The pair contributed 10 points each for the Falcons who were led by Francis Karooro with 22 points to improve to a 3-9 record. Tong Gatwech meanwhile led Sharing with 20 points and Baraka Mopele added 14 in the result that leaves them with an identical record as their conquerors.
Gladiators 31-58 KIU Rangers
UPDF 40-59 UCU Canons
Nkumba Marines 59-74 Ndejje Angels
Falcons 67-60 Sharing Youth
JKL Dolphins 69-60 Our Saviour