Wathum credits solid team defense for Game 2 victory

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Brian Wathum talking to players during a time out

In the aftermath of a 71-55 blowout of Warriors on Sunday night, KIU Titans coach Brian Wathum credited his players’ solid defense for the victory.

Titans came out strong defensively in the second quarter limiting Warriors to just two points off Amisi Saidi’s jumper enroute leveling the five-game series at 1-1.

“We looked at and assessed how we played on Friday and made some changes to the personnel which ripped us some benefits in Game 2,” Wathum told Kawowo Sports.

“We had lost 1st quarter so we agreed to fight for the second quarter and win. We ended up playing good defense and getting stops which resulted into points.”

There has been huge a turnaround in how the Titans defend in transition and the perimeter which has limited Michael Bazangu and Syrus Kiviiri, and Wthum says it’s the only way they can give themselves a chance.

“As a team we understand were Warriors will hurt us and those have been key areas we have paid attention to. The ability for us to defend well especially on the perimeter and on transition we always give ourselves a chance to win”

Asked about what he expects in Game 3, Wathum said: “I expect Warriors to come back hard but we’ll also do our best to protect our momentum. We have 2 practice sessions till Game 3 and we’ll utilize them to help build on what we have already.”

Game 3 of the series is scheduled for Friday at Lugogo.

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