By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus - KIU Rangers are on the brink of securing a spot in the NBL Semifinals as they prepare to face off against the Miracle Ravens in a crucial Game Two. This pivotal matchup takes place tonight at the Lugogo Indoor Arena, with the tip-off scheduled for 7:00 PM EAT.
In this best-of-three series for the quarterfinals, KIU Rangers currently hold a 1-0 lead after their 66-58 victory over the Miracle Ravens in Game One. Another triumph in Game Two would propel the Rangers into the semifinals for the second consecutive year.
Julius Lutwama, the head coach of KIU Rangers, acknowledged that his team didn't perform up to their potential in the previous game but expressed optimism about their improvement for the upcoming clash. He emphasized the importance of securing the win and mentioned that the team has been working on adjustments to ensure a better performance.
Lutwama also highlighted the team's overall readiness, with most players in good condition and high spirits. Brenda Ayere, who missed the first game, is back and expected to provide support to star guard Perus Nyamwenge, who logged heavy minutes in the previous match.
The coach has high expectations for the team's big players, Sharon Kirabo and Dorcas Marondera, who had subpar performances in the last game. Additionally, Mary Moses Amaniyo, the player of the game from the previous matchup, is fit and ready to continue inspiring the team.
For KIU Rangers, the key will be to prevent any opportunity for the Miracle Ravens to mount a comeback. The Ravens are known for their resilience and refusal to give up, as evidenced by the narrow margin in the first game.
If KIU Rangers emerge victorious tonight, they will make history as the first women's team to reach the NBL semifinals. There, they will await the winner of the matchup between JT Lady Jaguars and Magic Stormers.