By: Nacho Black Armo
For much of the first round we have seen in the men’s NBL regular season, we can confidently tell the best teams. It was may 19th when this prestigious league kicked off at Lugogo MTN Arena in a clash that was worthy everything. Defending champions and four time champions, City Oilers faced off with five time champions, Betway Power. Oilers 56-60 Power was the final score.
The long shadow of Oilers has been tamed a little in the first round and we have seen the ancient kings in Warriors rise to the occasion. Warriors started slow with a 57-44 win over Our Savior but kept in acceleration ending first round with only 1 defeat in 10 games they played. Pemba Warriors’ defeat came against Oilers, losing 62-72.
Oilers won 7 out of 10 and they have shown some tired bodies in the first half which ended them seated in 5th place on the table. Oilers’ losses came against Power, UCU Canons and Ndejje University Angels.
As we are destined for the second round of the regular season, we can taste great series of play offs already. Table leaders Betway have been intriguing, losing 2 games but putting up huge scores in a number of games, Power’s losses came against Warriors and UPDF. Warriors have been exceptional and of course Oilers remain a team to beat should they make it to the play offs after second round regular season.
Vexing results have also been part especially for the StarTime Falcons who lie 12th and last on the table having won only 2 games in 9 in first round. Nkumba Marines are no different, they too have only won twice in 11 games ending round one 11th just a place a head of Falcons.
Ndejje University Angels averaged 5 wins out of 10 games, they can still make it to the play offs if they add up more points in round 2, they can as well be relegated because the gap between the 6th and 12th ain’t huge enough. The gap is marked with Our savior who won 4 out of 11, sharing Youths 3 out of 11, UPDF also won 3 out of 11, JKL Dolphins won 3 out of 10, Nkumba Marines 2 wins out of 11 and Falcons who too only have 2 wins in 9 games. Fans expect an exciting second round and hope a lot could change from first round results.
Going by the first round, no player scored more 3 pointers than UCU’s Wundi Steven 38, followed by Sudi Ulanga of KIU on 28, Kviri Syrus of Pemba Warriors put up 25. However, eyes were on the National team captain and new capture for Oilers, Omony Stephen who managed to score 18 3 pointers.
These are the top 10 players with the highest points scored.
1 Makiad Micheal 196 (Betway Power)
2 Ntumba Buzangu 191 (Pemba Warriors)
3 Okoth Henry 176 ( UPDF)
4 Olumu Bernad 161(Startimes Falcon)
5 Wundi Steven 146 ( UCU Canons)
6 Mwesigye Steven 145 (Our Savior)
7 Deng Maker 137 ( Ndejje University)
8 Otieno Michael 133 (Ndejje University)
9 Ndikumana Landry 131 ( City Oilers).
10 Omony Stephen 129 ( City Oilers)
And here is the NBL round one table standing