The best-of-five Fuba League semis roll off tonight with Kyambogo Warriors taking on UCU Canons while KIU Titans will face Blue Cube Falcons on Saturday. Felix Eupal analyses the matchups.
UCU v Warriors:
This is a clash between UCU's youthfulness and the experience of Warriors. The Canons are a younger squad compared to the number of old legs in the Warriors squad.
That said, the big duel will be between point guards Suudi Ulanga of Canons and his nemesis Ivan Enabu of Warriors.
Ulanga can kill the opposition from almost every position while Enabu has a near-automatic touch on the ball that leaves defences on their knees. Whoever of the two gets the upper hand, then that team will take the series.
KIU v Falcons:
Titans won the two regular season matches against Falcons and head into the series without any fear. However, Falcons will be no pushovers and their transformation from pick-and-roll play to free-flowing basketball has made them unbeatable.
That said, the series will greatly depend on the star game changers from each side. Put simple, it is Falcons' Stephen Omony against Richard Omondi of KIU. The playoffs couldn't have set up a better matchup than having arguably the two best players in the league meet yet again to decide who will be in the final.
Both need no introduction when it comes to achievements and what they can do for their teams. The only question is who will hold the edge when the ball rolls.