KIU Titans defeat UCU Canons on poor shooting night

  • UCU Canons 43-55 KIU Titans
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Chris Omanye

KIU Titans maintained their unbeaten run in the National Basketball League with a 55-43 win over UCU Canons at YMCA on Sunday night.

Guard Chris Omanye scored a game high 17 points to guide the Titans to their fifth win of the season en-route to a 5-0 run.

The low scoring encounter was characterized by good defense by the two sides. KIU defended the perimeter well and denied the Canons the luxury of living on the 3-point shot.

Steven Wundi, UCU’s main weapon on perimeter offence, struggled all night and could only account for 6 points in 36 minutes.

The shooting guard only converted twice from 3-point range as he shot 2 of 11 from down town. Jonathan Egau, UCU’s top scorer on the night, could not hit double figures and posted a meager 9 points.

Hamza Nayambogo’s charges started strong with Sudi Ulanga and Michael Bwanga nailing 3-pointers for KIU to lead 15-10 after the first 10 minutes.

Ethienne Kazungu, scoreless on the night, took charge of cleaning the boards as Fadhil Chuma and Derrick Isiko struggled to cope in the paint. The Congolese collected 15 rebounds on the night.

KIU maintained their 5-point advantage and went into the halftime leading 26-21.

Isaiah Ater’s 3-pointer in the third quarter reduced the deficit for the Canons to 2 points but Omanye paired well with Bwanga to oil the KIU offence.

Bwanga scored 13 points on the night while Ulanga added 11 for the Titans. Chuma and Joas Maheta scored 7 and 6 as UCU lost their third game of the season.

The Canons played without Brian Namake, Yahaya Kalyesubula and Mike Madol.