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FUBA NBL: Canons dispatch JKL to return to winning ways

UCU have now won both of their second round games. (PHOTOS/FUBA)

FUBA NBL 2019

Wednesday, 12-06-2019

MTN Arena, Lugogo

-JKL Dolphins 54-80 UCU Canons

-Kampala University 69-76 Ndejje Angles

LUGOGO – After losing their second round, opening game, UCU Canons returned to winning ways on Wednesday night.

The Mukono based side took care of business, defeating JKL Dolphins 80-54 at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.

It was a 6 star performance by the Canons as Fadhili Chuma, Titus Laul, David Deng, Peter Sifuma,  Ceaser Adoke and Jerry Kayanga all stood-up to be counted.

Canons got off to a flyer, leading 7-0 after the first two minutes, with Deng posting 4 points in the process. By the end of the first quarter, Nick Natuhereza’s side was ahead, leading 21-15.

Canons further exerted their authority in the second, taking it 24-08 and ensuring they led by as many as 22, going into the break.

JKL took the third 17-09 as they attempted to mount a comeback. However, UCU was not having any of it, powering to a 26-14 fourth quarter victory and seal an 80-54 win in the end.

Chuma managed 11 points, Deng 12, Sifuma 12, Adoke 10, Kayanga 10 while Laul grabbed a team high 10 rebounds in the winning effort.

JKL’s Monoja registered a double double of 11 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort. Yeshman Bushiri and Brian Namake were the other two Dolphins who got into double figures in terms of scoring.

Victory sees UCU maintain top spot on the standings with an impressive 11-2 record.

For JKL, their record now stands at 9-4, good enough for third spot on the 12 team log.

“UCU had full control throughout because we were not performing well, said JKL head coach Henry Malinga.

“The defence was all over the place; we were not making our shots and taking so many wrong decisions.

“It is one of those days where everything seems to go against you. It is so difficult to pick any positives from the game.

The loss for JKL ends a run of three consecutive victories in the last week or so.

In the other game played on Wednesday, Innocent Ochora scored a game high 24 points as his Ndejje Angles defeated KU 76-69.

Ochora who shot 9-14 from the field also managed three rebounds and two steals, on the night.

After a slow start, Ndejje found themselves trailing 10-18 after the first quarter.

The second was a whole lot better for the Angles who edged it 26-12 and ensured they led by 6 points going into the long break, with the score-board reading 36-30.

KU would go on and take the third 19-17 to bring the game to within four points.

UCU held on in the last 10 minutes, winning the fourth 23-20 and triumphing 76-69 in the end.

Besides Ochera, Samuel Ajak and Cikom Monybai were the other Angles who managed double figures in terms of scoring. Ajak posted 12 points while Monybai helped himself to 10.

For KU, Moses Mugisha top scored for them with 20 points, also gathering 10 boards. Ahmed Kassa also contributed 12 points in the losing effort while Jordan Wasswa managed 10.

The result sees Ndejje take their second round record to 1-1 while KU are 0-2 so far.

Ndejje have split their two games in the second round.

The FUBA NBL upcoming games-Friday, 14-06-2019

-KCCA Leopards vs A1 Challenge @6:30pm

-KIU Titans vs City Oilers @8:30pm

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