UGANDA : Okello guides Falcons to thrilling win over Angels

M: Falcons 69-67 Ndejje
W: A1 67-39 Nabisunsa
Division 2
Stormers 93-67 St. Michael
Division 3
Crane 67-80 Sky Jammers
Emperors 80-76 Jackets
Sharing 56-32 TLC
Air Force 70-57 Bush Court

They might have Richard Osano Omondi, Philip Alweny and Abdullahi Ramadhan but 7UP Falcons need a lot more than just their ‘big three’ to get back to where they belong in the MTN-Fuba League.

On Saturday night, without Alweny, the six-time champions needed a desperate put- back from Andrew Okello at the buzzer to edge the fighting Ndejje University Angels 69-67 at YMCA court.

Normally played as a reserve until last week, the former St. Michael player picked a rebound off his own shot after Ndejje had tied the score with 11 seconds on the clock.
Cyrus Kiviri’s sweet lay-up had nearly set up the prospect of only the second overtime game of the season following Miracle Eagles’ 76-71 defeat of KIU Titans. Okello, who had seven points, had different ideas. Drenched in sweat and teary-eyed, Walker Obedi, the Ndejje coach, appeared to have never felt worse after his team came from behind to take the final two periods 19-14 and 21-15. “Players didn’t listen to instructions. Our experience was lacking. We were unlucky. We shall get back and work on what we didn’t do,” a dejected Obedi said in failing to point to one reason his team fell short. Adding; “I called a time-out with two minutes and 21 seconds but the table was so sucked into the game and never gave it.”

A daring Kiviri dominated Falcons with a game-high 25 points, seven rebounds and nine assists but committed three of his four turnovers in the dying moments. “The players made some rush decisions and some were tired because my bench is a bit small.” Falcons coach Sam Obol said. “Every game is important and we cannot afford to lose anymore that’s why we needed to get this win however slim.” Omondi scored 23, eight rebounds and seven assists, Dulah contributed figures of 12-7-7 and Peter Elungat looked good for his 17 and eight boards.

Falcons improved to 4-3 as they prepare for a fight to make a play-offs onslaught whereas Ndejje fell to 4-4. The former are still way behind Kyambogo Warriors 8-1 and Miracle Eagles 6-2.