29 November 2012

Uganda: All Set for FUBA Playoffs Finals

Ivan Enabu and the Kyambogo Warriors proved their mettle by twice coming from behind to defeat UCU Canons in the semis. An outstanding series in which the role players stepped up at the right moment, Warriors are now up against a hungry Falcons side that isn't about to let anything stand in their way.

Both teams have star players that can save the day but in reality the final will be between Stephen Omony - the best shooting guard in the league - against Warriors star point guard Cyrus Kiviri.

The basketball fraternity doesn't need any reminders that Omony can hurt any team from anywhere on the court. Then there is Kiviri; critics argue he is given way too much play time than he deserves but he has proven them wrong time and again.

Kiviri has been instrumental on offense and dropped some very important three point field goals than sunk the Canons. On the bench, it's an opportunity for Warriors coach Mandy Juruni to prove he is the man for the job.

Losing the past two finals says a lot about a coach's ability to turn a good squad into championship material. As for his Falcons counterpart Tony Oluka, he has never won a championship as a coach but with his right hand man Gad Eteu, they have the edge.

Prediction: I see Falcons edging it 4-3

UCU Lady Canons vs KCCA Leopards

Dropping only one game in the regular season and then sweeping over all opponents in the playoffs makes the Lady Canons odds-on favourites for a fourth championship in five years.

Not that Leopards are simply going to lie down; it's just that the Lady Canons possess all the intangibles. Maureen Amonding, Loraine Akinyi and Purity Odiambo can take over games because they are just too talented and most of all, they are composed and will punish the slightest of mistake from Leopard.

Falcons vs Warriors

Prediction: Lady Canons to win 4-1

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