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KIU Rangers Complete Busy Weekend With Smiles


By Isaac Akugizibwe

KIU, Main Campus-KIU Rangers completed yet another perfect weekend with a victory over Nabisunsa girls and will now need only a win in the remaining game of the regular season to confirm a second-place finish on the National Basketball League table.

The high-flying Rangers overcame JT Lady Jaguars with a six-point margin on Friday before closing the weekend with a comfortable 79-64 win over relegation-bound Nabisunsa girls on Sunday afternoon.

"We played very well, we had a plan that we executed, except in the last one minute," Julius Lutwama, the KIU Rangers head coach said in a Postgame interview on Sunday.

"We used few players and they were in foul trouble and so many players played on the stretch of 35 minutes if you look at the way they have played," he added.

The Rangers won Nabisunsa girls without captain, Uwineza Ninette who had a family emergency and star shooter, Ines Kanyamuneza who is recovering from an ankle injury sustained in a pulsating encounter with JT Lady Jaguars on Friday evening.

Julius Lutwama also commended the improved performance of Sharon Kirabo in recent days following her impressive performance against both the Nabisunsa girls and JT Lady Jaguars.

"Sharon is putting in a lot of time and actually all players in this team are putting in a lot and whoever emerges victorious and exceptional, it is important for them to feel that their hard work is paying back."

"I am delighted that Sharon has come out very well alongside great teammates."

Kirabo posted the game's highest 25 points and six rebounds in Sunday's game and was followed by Perus Nyamwenge with 18 points and Mary Moses Amaniyo with 13.

KIU Rangers will need only victory in the last game of this NBL regular season to confirm that they will finish in the second place. They will play UCU Lady Canons on Friday evening at Lugogo Indoor Arena to end the regular season campaign and begin preparations for the playoffs.