NBL Playoffs: Nam Blazers Oust KCCA To Set Up KIU Semi

Wednesday, August 31
•Miracle Ravens 76-78 KIU Rangers (0-2)
•KCCA Panthers 57-80 Nam Blazers (0-2)

Friday, September 2
•UCU Canons Vs JKL Dolphins – 7pm
•City Oilers Vs UPDF Tomahawks – 9pm
(Game 1s)

Namuwongo Blazers are through to the Tusker-Lite sponsored NBL playoffs semis after easing past KCCA Panthers.

The top seeded won game two 80-57 at Lugogo to complete a sweep having won game one 63-42 in game one last Saturday.

They will now face KIU Titans in the best of five semifinal series, with Game one scheduled to start on September 9.

Cheered on by their loyal fans who chanted all songs in their praise, Nam Blazers led 30-28 after the first two quarters and never looked back.

The Panthers struggled to match Nam Blazers’ intensity as Ariel Okall (20), Deng Dikong (20) and Amisi ‘Carmelo’ Saidi (15) dunked with ease at the other end.

Okall finished with a double double, adding 11 rebounds to his 17 points while Daniel ‘Dudus’ Monoja scored 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Emmanuel Odongkara, 14 points and 10 rebounds, was the only KCCA player to reach double figures in either scoring or rebounding.

They were out-rebounded 54-39 as Nam Blazers quality and size came to the fore before the final buzzer put them out of their misery.

The 2-0 sweep doesn’t come as a surprise for the Blazers who topped the division but it will give them more confidence after living as advertised.

But in KIU Titans, who also swept Power at the quarters, they face a side that slightly matches their quality and the fans may be in for a long serie.

Women: KIU Rangers Advance

KIU Rangers grit teeth to beat Miracle Ravens 78-76 in game two to win the series 2-0.

Having lost game one 90-38, coach Arnold Katabi had demanded her Girls to put a fight.

And they did exactly that, in a game they could have won having led 41-29 at long break.

However, they were hard done by a couple of poor decisions and lack of game awareness in closing stages.

But it was a spirited show for a side that were playing in the top league for the first time and will hope to build from that come next season.

Brenda Alyano and Winnifred Akello scored 14 points each for Miracle but Ines Kanyamunza garnered a whooping 32 points to send KIU through.

The Rangers will now meet winner between UCU Lady Canons and Magic Stormers, the latter leading the serie 1-0.



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