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KIU Rangers beat A1 Challenge to Return to Winning Ways


By Isaac Akugizibwe

KIU, Main Campus-KIU Rangers bounced back from Friday’s shocking loss to UCU lady Canons with a sumptuous 94-32 victory over A1 Challenge on Sunday Morning.

The Rangers went into Sunday's encounter looking for not just a win but a result that would restore hope, trust, and positive momentum in the team after Friday's heartbreak. They lead in all the quarters before registering a much-deserved 94-32 victory.

KIU Rangers head coach Julius Lutwama was impressed with the girl’s performance which he described as "a work in progress."

"We played well because we scored 160 points in two games. I think averaging 80 points, for now, is a work in progress," Lutwama said in a post-game interview.

The Rangers were greatly inspired by Perus Nyamwenge who only returned to the court on Friday evening against the lady Canons after suffering a month-long injury while on national duty at the beginning of the season.

She marked her majestic return with the game's highest 21 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Diana Letaru continued with an impressive start to life in KIU Rangers with 20 points,14 rebounds, an assist, and two steals. She was named player of the game thereafter.

"It’s all about teamwork, l couldn’t be there if it wasn’t for my team," Letaru said after the game.

"There is still a lot l need to work on," she said.

Letaru attributed her great game to team teamwork and hardwork.

"The hardwork my team puts in when nobody is watching," she explained.

Coach Lutwama hailed Nyamwenge and Letaru's extraordinary performance and acknowledged that they are great players.

"Great players with the greatest teammates," he said.

Team Captain Ninette Uwineza was equally impressive. She scored four points,10 rebounds nine assists, seven steals, and two blocks.

The fans left Sunday's game when they were not fully happy because the team did not meet their demand for 100 points but were impressed by the redemption.

KIU Rangers are now third in the NBL Women's table below JT Jaguars and led are the UCU lady Canons.