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KIU Titans' Magnificent Redemption Sinks UCU and Kampala Rockets.


By Isaac Akugizibwe

KIU, Main Campus- The KIU Titans defeated Kampala Rockets 73-53 on Sunday to cap off the weekend with two consecutive victories after beating UCU Canons 83-52 on Friday, all in spectacular fashion.

The two victories were a significant comeback for KIU Titans, especially after losing their first game of the season to neighbours Namuwongo Blazers.

 Ahmed Kassa led the Titans to a victory over Kampala Rockets on Sunday, scoring 22 points, three rebounds, and three assists, and was named player of the game in gratitude.

Despite not doing well in the first game, the shooting sensation has gradually improved since then. On Friday, he scored 11 points, nine of which came from beyond the arc, before finishing the weekend in style with four three-pointers, one more than the previous game.

"It's very nice to register victory back to back in just less than three days, especially after coming from a loss in the first game," Kassa said post-game.

 "And am happy with what I've been able to display today. We believe we shall improve all the way to the finals," he added.

The Titans were without Stanley Mugerwa and their best player so far this season, Edgar Munaba on Sunday but still dominated Kampala Rockets from start to finish, something that speaks volumes of what the team's coach, Julius Lutwama calls "a work in progress."

"Am very impressed with the Titans performance tonight. It was a great team game and am happy that we corrected most of the wrongs from game one," Lutwama said post-game.

"We did not perform very well in the opening game of the season and we needed this kind of result to get back to our normal footing."

"I want to commend the team for keeping on script from start to end and we hope to keep improving going forward," he added.

Edgar Munaba was the key man for the Titans triumph over UCU Canons on Friday. He posted 21 points and a game high 17 rebounds, his second consecutive double-double in as many games this season while Tembo top-scored with 23 points, adding seven boards.

Like Friday's game, Sunday's victory required an incredible team performance with several other Titans contributing in different capacities.

After an impressive display on Friday marked out by the game's highest 23 points Tembo Pierre Kasereka failed to match his poster boy introduction to the NBL when he was cut short by too many fouls on Sunday. He posted only eight points, eight rebounds and five assists before being fouled out.

His Conglese counterpart Joel Lukoji who only returned to action on Friday continued his impressive start to the new season after registering eight assists,11 rebounds and eight assists.

The 2023 NBL all-star point guard scored nine points and made seven assists against UCU Canons.

KIU Titans will return to NBL action on 16th February 2024, against City Oilers.