By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus- If there is anything to expect from KIU Titans when it comes to this season's National Basketball League play-offs, we already have a glimpse given the spectacular display the team put up in the last two games of the regular season.
They put some quality performance against City Oilers on Friday evening before another spectacular display in the final game in which they thumped Ndejje University Angels 101-84 on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking post-game on Sunday, KIU Titans Coach Julius Lutwama admitted that the two games were so far the best they've played this season despite losing it late against City Oilers.
"This was a very good game and I think it's one of the best we've played this season. This one and the game against City Oil are our best this season," he said.
The Titans will finish the regular season in third place on the NBL men's table below City Oilers and Namuwongo Blazers respectively despite having the same number of everything with the noisy neighbours. Namuwongo beats KIU Titans on the head-to-head advantage.
Both the Titans and Namuwongo Blazers will end the regular season with a 18-5 record while amassing 39 points each. City Oilers who are yet to lose a game will go into the playoffs as the team to beat.
Asked about what to expect in the playoffs, Lutwama was quick to say," Expect nothing but the Titans."
KIU Titans will most likely face a team in sixth place, currently occupied by Kampala Rockets who still have a game to end the regular season.
Star forward Amisi Saidi Danny Alias Carmelo who ended the regular season with a stellar performance as KIU Titans beat Ndejje University Angels at the MTN Arena in Lugogo on Sunday afternoon is one man to bank on as the team heads to a stage where everything matters most.
Amisi has been outstanding for KIU Titans since he joined at the beginning of 2023, helping the team to win the inaugural tournament, the UCU Open earlier in February before inspiring them to a top-three finish in the regular season.
Averaging 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game in the regular season, the Congolese international scored the regular season's single-game highest tally of 41 points to emerge player of the game for the fourth time this season and ends the regular season as the leading scorer for KIU Titans.
He is arguably the most consistent KIU Titans player if not in the whole league this season.
"The Titans are now getting more serious, Expect fire in the playoffs and please keep supporting us," he said in a post-game interview on Sunday.
One thing that must be clear now in the minds of the Titans doubters, especially after last weekend's display is that this team is capable of anything and has all it takes to get to the best of the campaign.
If it wasn't for their eight-year pedigree that has taught them the art of winning on margins, City Oilers would have lost their virginity on Friday, thanks to their game management in overtime. Nevertheless, this offered the clearest of warnings to them that the road to their ninth champion could be rougher.
With players like Joseph Chuma, Amisi Saidi Danny, Stanley Mugerwa, Innocent Ochera, Collins Kasujja, Denis Balungu, Isaiah Ater Mabeny, Brian Opiyo, Henry Okoth, Edgar Munaba and guard Joel Lukoji Banza, KIU Titans has a squad that will no doubt propel it the main goal they've set this season.
The main goal KIU Titans set this season is to win the championship.