The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association National basketball league tipped off last weekend after a long break due to the corona pandemic. The leagues had not been in action since 2019 and the players and coaches approached the weekend with zeal. Despite not having fans the games were electrifying and it showed the hunger the players have after the long hiatus.
League Newcomers, Nam blazers upset the league champions City Oilers 77-66 in their opening match of the season. The Newcomers started the game coldly but picked up in the second quarter. Geoffrey Soro and Paul Odong were heating up and dragging Blazers back into the contest. Odong went for 13 points in the quarter. Blazers outscored Oilers 23-7 to assume the lead that was relinquished only for one possession at the start of the fourth quarter.
Paul Odong scored game-high 22 points to lead Nam Blazers, Chris Omanye and Daniel Jjuko added 11 points each while Geoffrey Soro contributes 10 points. David Deng collected a game-high 10 rebounds.
Jimmy Enabu had team high 19 points for Oilers and skipper James Okello, the only other Oiler to reach double figures had 10 points.
The New Money bags in Town, Betway Power fell to league favorites Kampala International University (KIU) 91-79 in the 2021 league opener played at KIU grounds.
In the ladies league, the defending champions JKL lady dolphins were upset by KCCA Leopards 58-55 in a closely contested match. These top teams showed their strength in this title challenge and KCCA used this chance to send a statement to the rest of the league. Leticia Awor led Leopards with 16 points while Hope Akello scored game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds for Dolphins.
17th Saturday, April 2021:
Ndejje Angels 56-70 KCCA Panthers
Nkumba Lady Marines 50-69 KIU Rangers
KIU Titans 91-66 Betway Power
JKL lady Dolphins 55-58 KCCA Leopards
City Oilers 66-71 Nam Blazers
18th Sunday, April 2021;
Nabisunsa 40-91 Magic Stormers
UPDF 74- JKL Dolphins
Angels 46-76 UCU lady Canons
UCU Canons 66- 55 Falcons
Ndejje Angels 91-79