Phillip Ameny, Stenley Mugerwa and Saidi Amisi
KAMPALA. Pemba Warriors coach Ronnie Mutebi believes only their mental state stands between them and winning a third National Basketball League (NBL) crown.
The 2009 and 2012 champions play JKL Dolphins in the decisive game three at YMCA this evening after losing game two 72-62 on Sunday.
And Mutebi trusts that they should be home and dry should they put their minds to it against a JKL side playing their first playoff series.
“We have to maintain our concentration throughout games. We are a much bigger team and should be dominating teams more,” Mutebi stressed.
He will expect more from Phillip Ameny, Stenley Mugerwa and Saidi Amisi who all combined for 18 points and were outrebounded 58-39 by JKL led by Libe Makala who contributed 16 points and 12 boards.
Mike Buzangu led with 22 points and Syrus Kiviiri added 11 for the Warriors who came into the series as top seeds with a 20-2 record compared to 7-15 for the eighth seeds JKL who boast Norman Blick and Ivan Enabu.
In the women category JKL will be strong favourites to reach a second straight playoff semifinal when they start their best of three quarterfinal match-up against Magic Stormers.