KIU Titans rout Warriors to level series

  • KIU Titans 71-55 Warriors (Series tied 1-1)
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KIU Titans coach Brian Wathum instructs his charges during a time out

Having fallen in the opening game of the National Basketball League playoff semifinals to Warriors, KIU Titans were expected to respond.

And their reponse on Sunday evening was felt by Warriors especially in the second quarter as they defeated the two-time champions 71-55 to knot the five-game series at 1-1.

Titans played a rock solid defense in the second quarter letting in just 2 points from Amisi Saidi’s field goal – a foul line jumper, while staying consistent on the offensive end.

Titans’ skipper Sudi Ulanga put the first points on the board and Philip Ameny responded from the top of the mountain in a first quarter the two sides matched pound for pound but Warriors had a one-point edge heading into the second frame.

In the second quarter, KIU turned their defense a notch higher – contesting everything Warriors threw up while maintaining their consistence at the other end. KIU’s defense was helped by Warriors individualism and selfishness on offense.

With a 34-20 lead at halftime, all KIU Titans needed in the second half was consistence on both ends of the floor to tie the series and they did just that.

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Syrus Kiviiri (L), Amisi Saidi (on the floor) and Michael Bazangu flopped in Game 2

Ulanga once again led KIU’s team effort with game high 17 points, Chris Omanye added 13 points while Michael Bwanga and Denis Balungu contributed 10 points apiece.

Oscar Muge controled the glass for Titans with 9 rebounds apiece and Bwanga and Balungu came in handy with 7 boards apiece.

Mark Opio led Warriors off night with 12 points and Michael Bazangu had 11 points.

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