UGANDA : Warriors, KCC Lions in Zone V semis

By Charles Mutebi

Warriors 76 CSK 62

A1 54 UNR47
APR70 Rangers 40

Warriors v Power (YMCA)
Falcons v KPA (YMCA)
Semifinals, Makerere

THEY are not called the Warriors for nothing. As their Ugandan peers have floundered at the opposition in the 2009 Sprite Zone V Basketball championships, the Kyambogo Warriors have battled convincingly and now they are, as group winners, in the men’s sem¬ifinals for good measure.

Their place there was safely cemented with a 76-62 hard-fought win over Rwanda’s CSK at the YMCA court yesterday.

CSK have a menace of a frontcourt, shepherd by two six-foot plus cops, Rene Gakari and Elis Kayijuka. The pair had accounted for D’Mark Power’s downfall the previous day.

Gad Etau’s men chose to keep the damage under control, limiting Gakari and Kayijuka to a team-high 20 and 14 points respectively.

Led by the cool Abdullah Ramadan, who dropped a game-high 24 on JKT, the Warriors overcame the two towers in their oppo¬nent’s perimeter by rely¬ing on outside shooting. 30 of the 76 points came from three pointers

Martin Okwako, Steven Okias and Jude Ochen all clocked double figures for the Warriors with 12, 11 and 10 respectively.

Uganda’s women side the KCC Lions are also in the semifinals which take place today at Makerere. place today at Makerere.