UCU Canons jump from City Oilers frying pan into Warriors fire in NBL

Friday August 16 2019

Josh Johnson surges forward for City Oil

Josh Johnson surges forward for City Oilers. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA 

By ELVIS SENONO

KAMPALA- Being a university side, playing for the Nicholas Natuhereza coached UCU Canons team requires quick development with players often moving on after every three-four years.

So while some coaches might frown at the prospect of playing two of this season’s National Basketball League title contenders in a space of three days he often takes a different view.

He held similar views ahead of his UCU team’s encounter against Warriors this evening at YMCA.

The game is hot on the heels of Wednesday’s 67-64 loss to reigning champions City Oilers that left all three teams with three losses this season. “For me it is more important that we got some players out there in a game of that magnitude because we are going to need that going forward,” Natuhereza opined after yesterday.

Having claimed a 90-82 first round win, his team again stretched the Oilers with Isaiah Ater shooting 7 of 15 from three point distance to finish with a game high 27 points.

But a lack of experience manifested late on in a Faed Bbaale turnover helped City Oilers close out the game with Landry Ndikumana top scoring with 21 points.

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The Canons were however also undone by injuries to centre Chuma Fadhili and key forward David Deng who was restricted to 13 minutes and seven points.
“They are getting treatment and we will evaluate them 2moro to see if they can go,” he added.

The result saw his team slump to 17-3 while Warriors who are looking to bounce back from the 83-59 beating by the Oilers stand at 14-3.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

TODAY AT YMCA
Ndejje vs. Sharing Saints
Warriors vs. UCU Canons
Wednesday Results
Women: A1 Challenge 44-51 KIU Rangers
Men: City Oilers 67-64 UCU Canons
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