By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus-It was a perfect weekend with two incredible back-to-back wins for KIU Rangers beating Kampala University Lady Eagles 64-45 on Saturday before easing past Nkumba lady Marines (89-61) on Sunday morning.
The Rangers entered the weekend having lost to JKL lady Dolphins two weeks before, a result that ended an incredible nine-game winning run. Registering victory against neighbours and fellow University sides is too big, a boost for the Rangers who have already set their eyes on the ultimate prize.
Mary Moses Amaniyo was the player of the game against KU lady Eagles while KIU Rangers Vice captain Ines Kanyamuneza who has struggled to regain form in the second round of this NBL season stepped up and inspired the Rangers to victory over Nkumba lady Marines. The Burundian international scored the game's highest 22 points and four assists.
It is important to note that the Rangers did not have their captain and perhaps one of the key players, Ninette Uwineza in both games but still sailed to victory. The Burundian is out injured according to the team's head coach, Julius Lutwama.
New signing Dorcas Marondera finally had her debut on Saturday and proved a lethal addition to the Rangers though she sustained an injury midway in her second game on Sunday, something that should worry the green camp.
Magnificent KIU Titans Return
KIU Titans also returned to action with a victory over the weekend when they beat KCCA Panthers 74-45 on Saturday evening to comfortably keep their third place on the NBL men's table with noisy neighbors Namuwongo Blazers still on top having played two games more.
With an 18-3 record, the Titans now need to win all the remaining games to finish among the top two places. City Oilers who lost their unbeaten run at the hands of Ndejje University Angels, though number two on the ladder, still command the highest chances of finishing the regular season at the top of they can avoid at least two defeats in the remaining fixtures.
The Titans were without new head coach Carey Odhiambo who returned to Kenya to finalize his preps for the new job and saw Coach Julius Lutwama take a back seat as Collins Kasujja took the mantle to command from the sideline.
Lutwama confirmed in a Postgame interview that he wanted to observe if everything tackled during the two weeks break was being implemented as discussed by the boys.
KIU Titans leading scorer, Amisi Saidi Danny Carmelo added 18 points to his tally and was voted player of the game in appreciation. The dancing Innocent Ochera registered 17 points and six rebounds and was the most entertaining thing to watch on Saturday evening.
Denis Balungu was the only Titan with a double-double,14 points, and 13 rebounds.
Star guard Joel Lukoji Banza had 10 points to his name while team captain Joseph Chuma posted 12 rebounds to join the Titans who scored in double figures.
KIU Titans will return to action on Friday 18th August 2023 against D, Mark Power basketball club before playing Kampala Rockets on Sunday, 20th August 2023.