National Basketball League:
Day 2 Men’s Collated Results.
Pemba Warriors 75-61 KCCA Men
Falcons 59- 63 Sharing
KIU Titans 106-75 Kampala University
A brief appearance at last season’s play offs must have been a learning experience,of course not in a humble way but the Warriors will definitely look better than they did in 2018 and coach Ronnie Mutebi seemingly has better cards to play with.
Although now with more quality in the backcourt,they will need to quickly and efficiently find ways to utilize their carriers(Kambala,Otieno,Bashake)to allow faster transition across the court.
But most importantly,there was no better fashion than to open their season’s account with triumph against KCCA at MTN Arena on Saturday night.
With their new Point guard Chris Bashake (left KIU Titans after a collapse in contract negotiations),the chemistry will have to build later than soon,it seems.The guard made his biggest contribution profoundly in the first quarter as the Warriors opened a 12 point game at 25-13 with an overall individual show of 3 points,4 assists and 1 rebound.
And from then it all looked like a wishful catch up game,with KCCA re-writing the same figures in the second quarter to give Warriors a 41-26 half-time lead before KCCA claimed the third quarter with a marginal 20-18.
Jonathan Kambala seemed like the man in mood with a game high 15 points,4 rebounds ,3 assists connecting 6 of 13 on field,4-6 off twos and 2-7 on threes.
Deng Mark drilled in14 points,rebounded 10 and 3 assists,Okidi Opia Marker claimed 13 points,2 rebounds,2 assists while Norman Blick- KCCA’s biggest outlet- with 13 points,2 rebounds and 1 assist.
Warriors are not yet good for the optics,of course they weren’t in the previous season,looked rusty and light up in alternate, but the positive is that they have patched up things and will not look as porous as some would expect them to appear.
Points in the paint:52
Points from turnover:28
Biggest scoring run:14