Tuesday May 22 2018

KIU Titans set early NBL pace

By Elvis Senono

Kampala- KIU Titans last season emerged as City Oilers biggest challengers in the National Basketball League (NBL) reaching their maiden final before being swept 4-0 in their best of seven finals series.

They are doing a good job thus far in the current season after picking up their third straight win to remain one of two unbeaten men’s sides in the top division.

Sunday’s 76-47 victory over a depleted Pemba Warriors followed a similar pattern to their opening 75-44 and 82-55 victories over Charging Rhino and KCCA men.

Dennis Balungu led with 14 points while Michael Bwanga added 13 for the Titans against a Warriors side that lost their first game in three and is depleted by injuries to Mark Opio and Isaac Kamya.

They played their first game after their walkover UCU by edging UPDF Tomahawks 79-75 on Saturday but were always second best after losing the opening quarter 18-11 against KIU. Fielding six players, Syrus Kiviiri and Aaron Ojoo led the Warriors with 12 points apiece as they wait for further recruitments ahead of Friday’s showdown with traditional rivals Betway Power, the other unbeaten team.

City Oilers meanwhile improved to 2-1 with a second straight win after outlasting an experienced JKL side 78-66.
Tony Drileba going 5 for 6 from the field led with 15 points while James Okello added 14.
Ferdinand Odama replied with 15 points for JKL with Ivan Lumanyika adding 14 and 15 rebounds before Oilers pulled away in the fourth quarter.

essenono@ug.nationmedia.com

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