UCU Lady Canons Are National Basketball League Champions

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Uganda Christian UniversityUCULady Canons are national Basketball champions after they stopped stopped Kampala Capital City AuthorityKCCA Leopards 62-54 to defend the title on Monday night.

Uganda Christian University(UCU)Lady Canons are national Basketball champions after they stopped stopped Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) Leopards 62-54 to defend the  title on Monday night.

The game played at the YMCA Arena saw the UCU side climax with a comfortable win of 4-0 in the best-of-seven final series.

In a hotly contested game that saw the two teams head neck to neck in the first and second quarter, the UCU side took charge of the fourth quarter as KCCA struggled to convert.

KCCA took the lead in the first quarter with a slim 14-13, while the second quarter ended 27-26 in favour of the Lady Canons. UCU maintained the lead in the third quarter taking it 39-37 before a final 62-54 win.

UCU's centre Achieng Vilma scored a game high 17 points, while Ayoo Judith Nansobya scored 14 points. For the KCCA side, Cynthia Irakunda scored 14 points, while Larissa Katungeko made 13 points.

Ayoo says they fought really hard and were determined to win the game. She says teamwork enabled them sail through and beat a strong team like KCCA.

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UCU coach Sam Kiguyi notes that the players were at their best and were very focused on winning the game. He says their dream now is to take the Zone Five championship.

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KCCA's coach Roger Seruyingo admitted that the UCU centres played very well. He had told the players that an unbeaten run in the regular season did not count unless they worked hard in the finals.

He says they hope to work hard and change a few things to battle for next season's championships.

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UCU and KCCA will now represent Uganda in the Zone Five club championships.

The men's final between City Oilers and Kampala International University Titans will be played in January.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.