UGANDA : Warriors recover to beat Knight Riders

By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo & Ruth Desire

Results – Sunday
Warriors 107-67 Riders
Kings 79-53 Shooters
Women: KIU 80-64 Nabisunsa

Much as Kyambogo Warriors signed an avalanche of talent, it’s the old guns aiding their cause in the MTN-Fuba League men’s Division One so far. Having lost to archrivals DMark Power on the opening day, Warriors needed a big response which they got promptly with a 107-57 demolition of Knight Riders at YMCA court, Wandegeya on Sunday.

Centre Sam Gombya scored 16 points to snatch a rare man-of-the-match award but it’s the return to form of Ronnie Kasewu that lifted Warriors to the ton. Kasewu, the reigning MVP, showed glimpses of his class which has him adoration from fans over the past three seasons with a game-high 30 points. “Blending with new teammates is always a task and I admit it’s been slow but there is improvement from the first game,” Eric Malinga, who joined the champions from Falcons, told Daily Monitor.

Eric had 11 points but the other recruits including his brother Henry, Michael Kariuki, Pascal Alule and Markmot Orom are yet to gel. Steven Mtemihonda sunk 26 points for Riders, who only survived relegation last season. Tanzanian guard Abdullah Ramadan returned to the side and this translated in controlling the ball much as they led three of the four quarters 31-17, 29-20, 16-19 and 29-11.