KAMPALA- Going by the manner of Betway Power’s game one playoff semifinal win over UCU Canons and the two teams splitting the two regular season meetings, a close best-of-five series is upon us.
Betway Power will however seek to take a major step in dominating this series with another victory as the two teams meet in game two at YMCA Court this evening.
The five-time champions held on for a 59-56 game one victory with coach Boniface Okello predicting a close series but embracing the favourites tag.
“Confession is possession so I don’t mind bearing the favourites tag,” Okello said cheerfully before the hard fought game one victory that had Syrus Kiviiri score a team high 12 points while Geoffrey Soro added 11 points.
UCU coach Nicholas Natuhereza will demand for a better return from the 5-of-32 shooting from three point range that characterized the game one loss for the regular season top seeds.
Like his opposite counterpart, he was similarly unbothered by the underdog tag labelled against his inexperienced side from some quarters going into the series.
“At the beginning of the year no one made us favourites. I still expect us to be underdogs in every game and series,” Natuhereza stressed before the start of the series.
He will look to forward David Kongor Deng one of the season’s revelations to lead the charge having scored a game high 18 points and raised a couple of memorable blocks in game one.
In the ladies’ game KIU Rangers will aim at not only making reigning champions JKL uncomfortable but try to steal a game from their semifinal series.
This is after they went down 54-46 to the recently crowned Zone V champions in game one.
Today at YMCA Wandegeya
Game two - best of five series
Women: JKL vs KIU Rangers
(JKL lead series 1-0)
Men: Betway Power vs UCU Canons
(Power lead series 1-0)