UGANDA : UCU Canons plot Power downfall

Today at YMCA
Power v UCU (8.30pm)
Rangers v A1 (6.30pm)
Wednesday result
Emperors 61-59 Livingstone

Reigning MTN-Fuba League champions DMark Power have lost only once this season. That’s an impressive record that should make their opponents tremble – not UCU Canons – though.

The university side take on Power in their final game of the first round tonight confident they will conjure up a win. “I believe my team is well prepared for the game,” Canons coach Nick Natuhera said yesterday.

UCU Canons are off a commanding 80-69 victory over record champions Falcons. Despite losing to Warriors, Miracle and Ndejje Angels, third-placed Canons know a win tonight will tighten their grip on a play-offs slot.
But with Power welcoming back Isaac Afidra who missed their previous game against Nkumba Marines, Canons must dig deeper to stop the champions.

In the women’s category, KIU Rangers will fancy their chances against former champions A-1 Challenge, whose squad is clearly short on experience this season. Elsewhere, Biston Planets earned a walkover win after City Oil failed to show up for their men’s Third Division fixture on Wednesday.

In the day’s only game, Livingstone suffered a bitter 61-59 loss to fellow Third Division play-offs contenders Emperors at YMCA.

Boris Stankovic Cup : Carlos Morais leads Angola to the title

Angola - Australia 85:66

Angola celebrated the Boris Stankovic Cup title. They fired past Australia in the championship game tonight. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) masterminded the victory unloading 26 points for Angola.
The African powerhouse stunned the Boomers in the opening frame. Angola outscored their opponents 24:8 to ensure a comfortable lead at the first break. The Boomers stopped the rot in the second term. They picked up the slack but still trailed by 15 points at the interval 26:41. Angola once again increased the tempo after the big break. The African team fired 25 points in the third stanza to leave the Boomers behind by 24 points. Australia tried hard but had little chances in this one afterwards. Kikas Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) delivered 21 points, while Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) added 11 in the victory. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) finished with 11 points for Australia. Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.), Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) and Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 10 points apiece in the loss.

Angola: Carlos Morais 26, Kikas Gomes 21, Eduardo Mingas 11
Australia: Mark Worthington 11, Jesse Wagstaff 10, Hugh Greenwood 10, Luke Schenscher 10

UGANDA : Improving Canons target Power’s scalp

Written by Felix Eupal

When the Enabu brothers, Ivan and Jimmy, opted to leave UCU Canons for Kyambogo Warriors and Dmark Power respectively, critics were quick to write the obituary of the Mukono-based university outfit.

And true to their word, the Canons looked a shadow of themselves when the season tipped off. In fact, they actually appeared to have been more affected by the third loss of Steven Mwesigye who crossed over to 7up Falcons. Thanks to Martin Okwako’s struggles, the Canons’ rebounding was pathetic. And while point guard Suudi Ulanga improved their offence, the initial absence of towering centre Desmon Owili left them with paint problems.

As such, the Canons suffered a shocking defeat to Ndejje Angels followed by losses to Warriors and Miracle Eagles. There was no shame in losing to Warriors and Miracle, but the loss to Ndejje raised many eyebrows. Something needed to be done. Coach Nick Natuhereza did his homework, and the results are showing – Owili is threatening to bring down the YMCA hoops with his monster dunks, Sunday Okot rediscovered the power drives he was known for back in high school while Ulanga has been outstanding with the ball in his hands that he has now been branded Uganda’s Derrick Rose.

As things got rosy with the Canons registering back-to-back wins, Natuhereza unearthed another gem in the form of 6ft 9inch centre Jake Whetstone. The 22-year-old from Taccoa Falls College, who is here for a Masters in Development Studies at the Mukono-based University, might have only played two games against Charging Rhino and 7up Falcons but his contribution has already convinced many that Canons are not just back in the race for the playoffs but as title contenders.

Despite his height, Whetstone doesn’t provide the massive dunks but his contribution off the ball and ability to create options for his teammates has made the Canons paint impregnable. Sam Obol couldn’t find an answer to him last Friday as the Canons stopped his Falcons side 80-69.
“Any player who is 6ft 9inch and understands basketball is surely very important to any basketball team,” Natuhereza says of Whetstone.
This Friday Whetstone has to prove how important he really is when his side takes on Dmark Power in the Canons’ last game of the first round. With five victories to their name, the Canons are not leaving anything to chance.
Natuhereza’s tough love has come in handy in shaping the Canons resilience and the players know that very well after he suspended team skipper Jeff Omondi for the Falcon’s game for missing practice with no explanation.

Whilst Natuhereza has promised not to spare anyone who shows acts of indiscipline, Dmark Power seems to openly embrace indiscipline. But that doesn’t mean that the defending champions are not favorites. With only one loss to Warriors, Power will still be in the driving seat.

SOUTH AFRICA : National Team 2011

Neo Mothiba 199-G/F-82 Soweto P.
Thabang Kgwedi 198-F-78 Soweto P.
Kegorapetse Letsebe 198-G/F-80 Soweto P.
Quintin Denyssen 200-F-80 Egoli M.
Tsakani Ngobeni 199-F-83 Hamilton
Cedrick Kalombo 208-C-83 Clayton St.
Lindokuhle Sibankulu 199-F-81 Maritzburg T.
Nhlanhla Dlamini 174-G-86 Soweto P.
Amogelang Keogatile 198-G-87
Brendan Mettler 190-G-82 Cape Town E.
Vincent Ntunja 185-PG-81 Cape Town E.
Sakhile Sithole 198-F-90
Tshilidzi Nephawe 205-C-89 N.Mexico St.
Chris Avenant 195-G/F-91 Northeastern
Christopher Gabriel 220-F-88
Fumani Marhanele 198-G/F-82

Mlungisi Ngwenya Head Coach
Patrick Engelbrecht Assistant

SEYCHELLES : Présentation des équipes seychelloises de basket-ballles 8èmes Jeux des îles de l’Océan Indien

L’équipe féminine de basket-ball : Beguitta Fontaine, Zerah Fontaine, Williana Dubois, Tessa Mathiot, Simone Malbrook, Geneviève Beaudoin (capitaine), Lindy Mathiot, Lucia Souffe, Dynah Louis, Sheriffa Agathine, Myra Solin et Jenita Toussaint.

Réserves : Bernadette Songor et Magdeline Julienne.

Staff technique : Philip Arissol (l’entraîneur chef), Tony Juliette (l’entraîneur adjoint), Dominique Guéret et Paul Denis (conseillers techniques)

Pronostic de l’entraîneur chef Philip Arissol : « On est prêt pour la compétition et notre objectif est de remporter la médaille d’or. Il y a une belle ambiance au sein de l’équipe et toutes les joueuses sont conscientes de ce qu’elles ont à faire. »

L’équipe masculine de basket-ball : Bernard Bristol, Cyril Agrippine (capitaine), Robert Léon, Abdel Sylla, Amadou Sylla, Dominic Pillay, Reggie Ah-kong, Nigel Sinon, Darren Lesperance, Daniel Victor, Neddy Fanchette et Steven Servina.
Réserves : Sergio Ah-kong et Ron Estico.

Staff technique : Clifford Joubert (l’entraîneur chef), Michel Malbrook (l’entraîneur adjoint), Dominique Guéret et Paul Denis (conseillers techniques)

Pronostic de l’entraîneur chef Clifford Joubert : « Comme à chaque édition des JIOI, on vise la médaille d’or. On a une bonne équipe, mais on doit toujours avoir de respect pour nos adversaires. Chaque jour à l’entraînement, on travaille sur des choses différentes, surtout notre la défense. »

RWANDA : KBC coach rues mediocre first round

KBC 85-59 KIE

APR 79- 53

KIGALI Basketball Club coach Yves Nkurunziza has challenged his guns to step up their performance after a mediocre first round.

Despite winning six of the eight first round matches, Nkurunziza was sickened by the fact that the defending national men’s league champions lost to arch rivals APR and also forfeited points against CSK.
This meant that they could only finish fourth (13 points), three adrift of table leaders APR.
Speaking after Saturday’s 85-59 victory over Kigali Institute of Education (KIE), Nkurunziza was particularly livid by their forfeited game against CSK.
“The forfeit against CSK really hurt but I’m still backing my team to fight in the second round,” he said.
KBC were fined for fielding an unregistered player Egide Nkusi.
“For one to play in the national league, he or she must be fully registered. At the time, Nkusi wasn’t,” the local basketball governing body (Ferwaba) technical director Didier Shema explained.

UGANDA : FUBA should exploit fan interest

y Charles Mutebi Staff writer

LOCAL league basketball has real potential to become genuinely popular in this country. That has pretty much been an open secret for all this century.

Sometimes, however, the Federation of Uganda Basketball Association appear oblivious to it. Local basketball’s governing body has had a marketing department for sometime now but it is safe to say it has not taken local hoops by storm.

In the federation’s new executive, this department falls under vice president media, marketing and publicity – Mr Ali Balunwya.

He has been in office for a week so no judgements can be passed although an introductory e-mail to the entire media fraternity with full contacts and a promise to meet their needs would have done Balunywa no harm.
Thing is FUBA have learnt to leave much of their publicity to the media. Granted the media partly exists to do just that but FUBA don’t have to leave the entire business of promoting their league games to the press.
For instance, a major basketball game can attract a mammoth crowd one night and no one in FUBA deems it necessary to announce during one of the several breaks that they will be interesting games tomorrow and the day after.
The YMCA is regularly packed on Friday night and empty on Saturday night. How?
Frankly, FUBA have to invest in marketing the sport.

True, they are operating on tight funds but what comes first, an egg or a chicken?

UGANDA : A1 cruise past Amazon, Vegetarian smash Gulu

Saturday results
W: Amazon 27-70 A1
Division 2
Vegetarian 58-49 Gulu
Division 3
Air Force 54-50 TLC
Sky Jammers 76-61 Ssaku
K’la Univ. 91-40 UPDF

Former women’s champions A1 Challenge beat Amazon Rhino 70-27 in the MTN-Fuba League on Saturday night to stay within touching distance of the leading pack.
Barbra Okot led the way with 12 points and Malena Rasmann added 11 as the 2005 champions outclassed Rhino in all four sessions (30-7, 15-7, 11-8, 14-5).

Joan Mochiruku was the only Rhino player in double figures, scoring 15 points.
In the men’s Division Two, Vegetarian beat visiting Gulu Hawks 58-49.
Vegetarian were equally dominant, out-scoring their opponents in all quarters (14-13, 16-11, 14-11, 14-11).
Vegetarian skipper Viney Jurua sunk 12 points while Lawrence Waliga added 15.
The Luzira-based side’s coach Simon Otine was contented with the result.
“I am happy with the result. We played well today,” Otine said.