By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU Main Campus-KIU Titans have all reasons to smile having emerged victorious from what was a busy and tough weekend for them. The Titans kept alight the pride of Kansanga with a sumptuous 73-55 win over UCU Canons on Friday before closing the weekend with a hard-fought 78-77 victory over Our Saviour Basketball Club on Sunday evening.
Amisi Saidi Danny Alias Carmelo registered an incredible double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds to help KIU Titans edge Our Saviour Basketball Club 78-79 in a nerve fledgling encounter at YMCA court on Sunday evening to end the weekend with whooping 51 points, having posted 19, against UCU Canons on Friday.
Sunday evening was not the best of days in office for the Titans as they struggled to overcome a surging Our Saviour side which made the game to end on a wire. The Titans conceded too many fouls in the paint, allowing the opponents to capitalize on executing from the free-throw line.
All credit will begin with Amisi's imperious performance that kept the Titans at bay before securing that hard-fought victory on Sunday evening and he was undisputably the best player of the game.
"I am very happy for this win and I want to thank my teammates for supporting me with the assists and also fighting as a team to get this win," Amisi said in a post-game interview.
The other Titans that scored in double figures include Collins Kasujja who scored 10 points six rebounds and four assists, Denis Balungu with 10 points while Edgar Munaba stole the bragging rights when it came to assists, posting six magnificent assists.
Friday's victory was highly inspired by new signing Denis Balungu who scored a double-double of 20 points and eight rebounds.
KIU Titans' next game is against Rezlife Saints on Wednesday before an epic encounter with noisy neighbours, Namuwongo Blazers on Friday.
KIU Rangers Earn Sweet Revenge over Miracle Ravens
KIU Rangers beat Miracle Ravens by a point to claim victory in an epic encounter on Saturday afternoon to take their incredible winning run to nine games in a row. The 63-62 victory meant the Rangers had finally avenged the humiliation by the Ravens in the first round.
The Ravens took the game to the wire when they led the game with two points with only 14 seconds on the clock. This required KIU Rangers coach, Julius Lutwama to dig into his tactical intelligence to survive this late scare. All he needed was a timeout after which the energy of Rachel Nanyonga and the calmness of Perus Nyamwenge finally overturned the game. Nyamwenge scored from the free throw line with two seconds on the clock to give the Rangers a one-point win after Nanyonga had buried one in the build-up.
The Rangers have since climbed up the NBL women's ladder to the second position with 25 points, two below-table leaders JT Lady Jaguars who have played a game more.
KIU Rangers' next game is against JT Lady Jaguars on Friday 14th July 2023.