KAMPALA- For long regarded as the best team in the division, Pemba Warriors gave that notion further credence by finishing as National Basketball League regular season top seeds with a 20-2 record.
But like many agree, the post season is a different proposition. As it stands, the two-time champions will be eliminated should they lose on Sunday to KIU Titans in the best-of-five semifinal series.
Warriors lost for the second consecutive game 66-61 to stare at elimination against the resolute Titans.
Sudi Ulanga got them going by scoring eight of his joint team high 15 points in the first quarter. Geoffrey Soro added another 15 and Ethienne Kazungu added 12 as KIU gained a crucial game three advantage.
For the Warriors there was an improvement from the 71-55 game two loss but they were ultimately undone by a lack of collective will.
They trailed by three points with just over a minute left on the back of Phillip Ameny’s three pointer with the centre missing another shot from similar distance as did Saidi Amisi and Syrus Kiviiri.
Kazungu then converted two late freethrows to put the result beyond doubt.
Ameny led the Warriors with 18 points while Kiviiri and Caesar Kizito added 11 points apiece.
In the Ladies games, KCCA Leopards clinched a 3-0 series sweep against Magic Stormers following a 64-57 win while UCU lead JKL 2-1 after triumphing 59-56 in game three.