FUBA National Basketball League-Ladies Finals (Game 3)
UCU Lady Canons 49-56 JKL Lady Dolphins
MTN Arena, Lugogo
LUGOGO – JKL Lady Canons moved to within a victory of winning their first ever FUBA National Basketball League (NBL) title thanks to a 49-56 game three win over defending champions UCU Lady Canons at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.
Going into Monday night’s game, JKL had won the first and second games of the finals meaning that they now lead the best of seven series 3-0.
Hope Akello set the Dolphins on their way by posting the first points of the game thanks to a layup inside the first two minutes but their advantage was soon whipped out as Sarah Ageno leveled the game under a minute later.
The teams traded baskets until Ageno sank a long three with 04:50 to play in the quarter to hand UCU its first lead of game three.
Towards the end of the quarter, JKL went on a 5-0 run en route to winning it 15-10.
UCU started the second strongly and they were soon within a point of JKL thanks to a 6-2 run inside the first four minutes.
Despite JKL putting up some resistance, they could not stop UCU winning the quarter 18-14 and ensuring they (UCU) trail by only a single point (28-29) going into the long break.
The third was a low scoring affair but JKL managed to edge it 12-11 and increase their lead to two (41-39) going into the last 10 minutes.
The two point advantage for JKL was whipped out inside the first three minutes and turned into a one point deficit (41-42) as UCU scored the first three points of the fourth through Angella Zainah’s two and Ageno converting one of her two free throws following a foul by Muhayimina Namuwaya.
However, JKL regained their control of the game and restricted UCU to just seven more points while posting 15 of their won en route to winning the quarter 15-10 and game 56-49.
Jamila Nansikombi continued her fine scoring form in the finals, posting a team and game high 27 points for JKL. She was the only Dolphins’ player to reach double figures as Ritah Imanishimwe who was impressive in the second game managed only 8 while Muhayimina posted 7.
For UCU, they had two players in double figures with Brenda Kayaga posting 12 while Zainah had 11.
Game four will be played on Wednesday night and a win for JKL will result into a first ever championship for them.