National Basketball League: Ndejje Angels shock Power

  • Power 65-69 Ndejje Angels
Power’s Paul Odong struggled as Michael Makiadi (13) put on a show in a losing effort.

Ndejje University Angels spoilt Maicheal Makiadi’s explosive night with a 69-65 win over Power on Friday at Lugogo Indoor Stadium.

In a closely contested game that teams matched shot for shot, Ndejje edged the opening quarter 13-12. The second period was as close with Ndejje having the biggest lead (6 points) in the quarter but only led by 3 points (29-26) at halftime.

As you would expect from Walker Obedi’s team, Ndejje did not give up any easy points and Power worked for everything on the offensive end.

Ndejje spread the third quarter production and stretched the lead over the five-time champions to 10 points (47-37) before completing the quarter leading 52-43.

Michael Kojjo and Isaac Afidra (18 points) opened the scoring for Power in the final period but Gauthier Baderha (15 points, 9 rebounds) and Derrick Katumba restored Ndejje’s 9-points lead.

Afidra and Makiadi combined to bring Power within 4 points (60-64) with a couple of minutes to play but Maker Deng knocked down a huge jumper for the university side with 1:30 to play.

The star of the night Makiadi connected from deep to cut the deficit to 3 points (63-66) before connecting a pair of throws to pull Power within a point with 49 seconds on the clock.

Ndejje turned over the ball and Power coach Arnold Lando called for time. On return, Makiadi missed a jumper and on the other end Paul Odong sent David Okello (14 points) to the line but he missed both throws before burying a 3-pointer that handed Ndejje the win.

Michael Makiadi poured in game high 30 points to go with 22 rebounds for Power in a losing effort.

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