UCU Canons seemed to set the tone in the Airtel National Basketball League opener, their first win since centre Desmond Owili started serving a one-year ban.
You could have hardly noticed that they were undermanned. They beat champions City Oilers 77-72 in the league opener back in April on the back of Sudi Ulanga’s 30 points.
That didn’t deliver a spring in their step as UCU have since meandered to mediocrity. The loss to Charging Rhino, a team destined for sixth to eighth positions, followed.
Then, a freak accident followed as newcomers Diamonds in the Sun beat UCU 63-60.
It was a more than just a freak accident. When they got complacent, Diamonds were there in glitter.
Exactly a fortnight later, UCU face another side promoted this year in Sharing Youth hoping to evade the path of lightning at YMCA court.
Before Sharing lost 86-63 to Tiger Head Power last weekend, they had won three in a row, the climax being victory over Ndejje University Angels, a sign of the danger they possess.
“We are pathetic (against) Diamonds in terms of attitude and were complacent,” UCU coach Nicholas Natuhereza said. “They took their chance.”
That warning should ring loud in the ears of Sharing. In the late game, university sides, relegation-bound Nkumba Marines face mid-table Ndejje Angels. Both sides will be anxious to get one over each other in a season that is destined to be very long for them.
TODAY AT YMCA
M:Sharing vs. UCU (3.30pm)
M: Nkumba vs. Ndejje (7.30pm)
W: Nkumba vs. Stormers (5.30pm)
W: UCU vs. Crane (1.30pm)