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Warriors produce third quarter masterclass to overcome resilient Sharing in NBL

Warriors’ Amisi Saidi (11) tries to play a pass under pressure from Sharing’s Emmanuel Okumu (12) on Sunday (Pictures by FUBA Media)

FUBA National Baskeball league

Pemba Warriors 71-65 Sharing Youth

MTN Arena, Lugogo

Sunday, 17-06-2018

The Pemba Warriors produced a stunning third quarter display to overcome Sharing Youth at the MTN Arena in Lugogo on Sunday.

Trailing 23-25 at half time, Ronnie Mutebi’s side won the third quarter by 14 points whilst restricting their opponents to only 11 on route to a 71-65 victory.

The first quarter was a cagey affair as both sides defended so well and as a result, the first points of the game came after three minutes of play, thanks to Elton Bakara’s lay-up for Sharing.

The quarter ended 11-9 in favour of the Nsambya based side with none of the players managing four points or more.

The second continued in the same manner as the first and at the sound of the first half buzzer, Sharing led by two with the score board reading 25-23.

Warriors (in white) were trailing by two at half time.

Warriors brought their a game after the break and Amis Saidi led the way, scoring 13 of Warriors 25 points in the third quarter to ensure his side led 47-36.

Sharing threatened in the fourth but despite winning it 29-26, Warriors saw out the game, ensuring that they register their 6th victory of the season.

Congolese import Amisi Saidi and Mark Opiyo led the way for Warriors with 18 and 16 points respectively. Samad Imran and Emmanuel Attend added eight each.

Emma Okumu and Stephen Otoa top scored for Sharing Youth with 14 points each, Francis Nitus added 13.

Warriors will next take on KCCA Panthers on June 27th at YMCA while Sharing will look to make amends on June 24th against City Oilers, also at YMCA.

In the other game, Brian Namake was the star of the day as JKL Dolphins edged UCU Canons at the same venue.

The former UCU player posted 20 points in the 56-53 victory for the Dolphins. Namake who shot 7-17, added 6 rebounds and three assists to his impressive tally.

UCU’s Chuma Fahdili (16) throws down a three pointer against JKL on Sunday

The Small Forward is currently the leading points scorer in the NBL, with 141. His 31 assists this season is only bettered by Ndejje’s Gauthier Badhera.

JKL led right from the start, edged the first quarter 15-12 before opening a a 11 point lead going into halftime. UCU outscored JKL in the third quarter 10-15 to reduce the gap to six points but Namake scored seven points in the last quarter as the Dolphins sealed their victory.

JKL’s Ferdinand Odama and Jude Ochen added eight and seven points.

UCU’s David Deng and Isaiah Ater scored 16 and 13 points in that order.

The victory is the fourth for the Dolphins, third in a row – The team has beaten up on UPDF, KCCA and Sharing.

JKL will now return to league action against Betway Power on June 29th at YMCA outdoor court in Wandegeya.

Up Coming games, Wednesday; 20-06-2018:

-UCU Lady Canons vs Javon Lady Phenoms (Ladies)

-KCCA Men Vs UPDF Tomahawks (Men)

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