FUBA National Basketball League – Game 6
UCU Lady Canons 50-51 JKL Lady Dolphins
YMCA Courts, Wandegeya
WANDEGEYA – JKL Lady Dolphins scored five points in the last 57 seconds of their contest With UCU Lady Canons to win 51-50.
After Zainah Lokwameri converted one of her two free-throws following a foul by Stella Oyella, UCU led by four points with 01:27 on the clock
At this stage, it looked like it was done and dusted and UCU were on course to winning the championship having gone into game six leading 3-2 in the series.
However, JKL pounced in inspired fashion to keep their hopes of a second successive title, alive.
After Sarah Ageno missed from a lay-up at the other end, veteran Flavia Oketcho sank a three off a jump shot with 57 seconds to play, ensuring it is a one-point game.
As fate would have it, Ruth Letaru turned the ball over as Muhayimuna Namuwaya regained possession for JKL, setting the tone for Oyella to score the game-winning shot with 44 seconds to play.
UCU had one more chance to take the lead and probably win the game and title but after Oketcho fouled Lataru, the latter missed both of her free-throws, handing JKL the win.
Victory for JKL means they now force a game 7 where the winner will be crowned champions of the women’s division.
Earlier in game 6, it was a cat and mouse affair as both side traded baskets and they would not be separated at the end of the first quarter with scores tied at 15-15.
UCU would then produce a near to perfect second quarter as they scored 15 points and restricted JKL to just 5, ensuring they take a 10-point lead (30-20) into halftime.
They continued their dominance into the third as they took it 11-07. At this stage, JKL looked beaten and no one would have predicted what would happen in the last 10 minutes.
Going into the fourth quarter trailing 27-14, JKL would concede the first point as Maimuna Nabbbosa converted one of her two free-throws.
JKL then went on a run of 7-0 and reduced the deficit to just 8 points but UCU would respond and took their advantage to 11 (49-38) with 5:27 on the clock.
From there, it was all JKL as they went on a 12-1 run to win the game 51-50.
Hope Akello and Oyella starred for JKL in the winning effort. Akello scored 12 points and picked a team-high 9 rebounds while Oyella managed 15 points off the bench.
For UCU, Ageno and Rose Akon both registered a double double. Ageno scored 13 points and picked 11 rebounds while Akon managed 10 (points) and collected a massive 17 boards.
The series are now tied at 3-3 with game seven coming later this week.