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FUBA NBL, UCU Canons, JKL Dolphins victorious on League return

UCU Canons’ Fayed Baale (8) tries to dribble past Oscar Muge of KIU on Friday at MTN Arena. (PHOTOS/FUBA)

FUBA NBL 2019

Friday, 12-07-2019

MTN Arena, Lugogo

-UCU Canons 76-33 KIU Titans

-JKL Lady Dolphins 105-39 KIU Rangers

After two weeks away, the FUBA National Basketball League returned with two games on Friday evening.

In the Men’s division, UCU Canons continued their impressive start to the season, defeating KIU Titans 76-33 at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.

Captain Joas Maheta grabbed the headlines with a game-high 18 points while shooting 6-10 from the field.

After trailing 0-4 early in the first quarter, Nicholas Natuhereza’s side never looked back as they went on to win three of the (quarters) en route to a dominant 43 point victory.

The Mukono based side took the first 16-11 before winning the second 17-08 to go into the halftime leading 33-19.

In the third, UCU started their march towards victory, restricting the Titans to just 10 points whilst scoring 15 of their one to head into the final 10 minutes leading by as many as 19 points with the scoreboard reading 48-29.

KIU almost never got started in the fourth, managing just 4 points while UCU ran riot by posting 28 points to win the contest 76-33.

This was UCU’s 13th victory of the season and the third of the second round, ensuring they remain top of the standings with a 13-2 record after 15 games.

Isaiah Mabeny was the other Canon to post double figures in terms of scoring as he managed 17 points. Titus Laul was also impressive off the bench as he collected a game-high 11 rebounds.

For KIU, they registered their 5th loss of the season. Their record now stands at 8-5 after 13 games.

On a very poor outing, captain Sudi Ulanga top-scored for the Titans with just 8 points.

In the Women’s game played on the day, JKL Lady Dolphins continued their perfect start, registering a 13 victory of the season in as many games.

The Dolphins had three players posting a double-double as they humiliated KIU Rangers 105-39.

Jamila Nansikomni led the way with 23 points and 11 boards while Hope Akello helped herself to 19 points and 15 rebounds. Peace Nakirija also impressed with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

JKL Lady Dolphins’ Hope Akello (12) registered a double double in the victory over KIU Rangers on Friday evening.

The result means that JKL still tops the standings after 13 games played.

For KIU, captain Inus Kanyamuza was the only one who managed double figures in terms of scoring, posting 12 points on the day.

Julius Lutwama’s side has now suffered 7 losses this season with their record standing at 5-7.

The FUBA National Basketball League continues on Saturday with five games, three in the Men’s division and two in the Women’s division.

Saturday’s fixtures

Men

-KCCA Men vs JKL Dolphins @2pm

-Sharing Youth vs Kampala University @4pm

-Our Saviour vs Warriors @6pm

Women

-UMU Ravens vs UCU Lady Canons @10am

-Angels vs KCCA Leopards @12pm

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