By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus-KIU Titans demonstrated yet another piece of magnificence with a flamboyant 109-64 victory over lowly placed Falcons on Sunday. The Titans have now won three consecutive games, all involving household names in NBL.
With their poor run of form this season, the Falcons did not need to face a team as furious as KIU Titans. Yes, they must have had clues about the fury in the green camp but there was no option apart from going for it, only to receive a thorough beating, a titanic slap hence more misery as they bid farewell to NBL.
If it wasn't for the good and somewhat rule of the game, facing sides as determined as KIU Titans would be a challenge any wise person would wish to avoid but for sport to count, you have to take it on. This must have crossed the minds of the struggling falcons on Sunday before taking on the boys in green who are surely a team to avoid right now.
Knowing what the Titans are capable of, the Falcons started Sunday's encounter with all their strength and indeed it appeared to pay off as they led 36-29 at halftime. This made the Titans increasingly furious to run riot in the remaining half, scoring 109 points, their best tally in recent years.
Henry Okoth scored a record at least for the Titans,32 points but it was Fidel Okoth Odour who eventually stole the show with 20 points and 11 rebounds which saw him claim the Tusker lite man of the game accolade.
During the first round of the season, KIU Titans depended on either Ahmed Kassa or Edgar Munaba's performance to win a game. This happened till they lost three games in a row in the second round. Since falling to Ndejje Angels at the KIU court two weeks ago, the team has totally changed. They now play as a team and everyone is capable of anything.
Unlike in the first round and early into this round, KIU'S last three victories have produced three different man-of-the-game winners. According to Raymond Muhumuza, KIU Titans Coach, there is nothing better to prove how this team is growing as a whole than what is on display nowadays.
"We have continuously grown together as a group. The great results we are achieving are only a reward of how hard we work," he said in a post-game interview.
When asked about what their next opponents should think, Muhumuza admitted that he and his boys don't care about what their opponents are thinking or expect but rather, they look at games as they come.
"Well, we are only taking it one game at a time. he said.
Edgar Munaba continues with his imperious performance and contribution to the Titans this season. He added 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to the tally while Ahmed Kassa returned to the green camp and had some time on the court after spending a week on national duty in Kenya.
Emmanuel Mwesigwa stood out for the Falcons, posting 11 points,16 rebounds and six assists while his teammate, Mark Ngobi scored 14 points, three rebounds and two assists but still their efforts proved futile. They simply couldn't match the Titans.
KIU Titans have since moved into the fourth position on the NBL men's ladder with 32 points, two points below leaders City Oilers basketball club. However, they have the same points as the second and third teams, UCU Canons and Power basketball clubs respectively.