On Friday, Tigers were running the ball at the Lae League grounds with much confidence.Coach Stanley Tepend has emphasised the basics the boys need to adhere to in a game that the home side will not want to take lightly.Tigers are leaders with 18 points on the overall points ladder despite losing to the Eastern Pool front runners TNT Simbu Lions a fortnight ago in the first crossover.And despite a poor start, the never say die Wigmen, who are on third place with 16 points after a successive winning streak in eight games, will try to prove their class away from home to maintain the winning pace.The Wigmen will have no problem with the venue as they tasted victory in their final two outings during the 2014 Digicel Cup season when they last played in Lae. They ran over Tigers in the semi final and then defeated the Agmark Gurias in the grand final.With the addition of former Kumuls Larsen Marabe, Nickson Kolo and Joshia Abuvu, and a crowd support expected from the Highlands, the Wigmen will run onto the field with confidence as well.Both teams will be coming to the game with massive form after a week’s bye due to the Pacific Games opening and this Lae match will be an interesting show that the fans should not miss.Both sides will also have two of the rising local coaches, Tepend and Andrew Andiki for Wigmen, calling from the sides.Topping both the Eastern Pool and the crossover points ladder, the Tigers are hot favourites for the minor premiership.
Action between UCU Lady Canons and JKL Lady Dolphins on Friday. (PHOTO/FUBA)FUBA National Basketball League – Game 5JKL Lady Dolphins 61-68 UCU Lady Canons (Series: 2-3)MTN Arena, LugogoFriday, 06-12-2019LUGOGO – UCU Lady Canons moved to within a single victory of winning the 2019 FUBA National Basketball League-Women’s division on Friday night.It was a dominant display by UCU who trailed only once in the entire game, winning it 68-61 in the end.After trailing 2-1 at some stage, the Mukono based side has now won the last two games to lead the best of 7 series against JKL Lady Dolphins 3-2.Rose Akon got the game rolling with the first basket of the night but her side would soon find themselves trailing 4-2 as JKL sunk the next two baskets.From there, UCU took the initiative, going on a run of 16-02 and taking the first quarter 18-06.Nick Natuhererza’s side also took the second quarter 20-17 and ensured they led by a healthy 15 points at half time.The third would however belong to JKL as they took it 13-12 and reduced the deficit to 14 points.At this stage, the damage had already been made and despite winning the fourth 25-18, JKL could not mount a comeback as they lost the contest by 7 points (61-68).Rose Akon was for the umpteenth time the star of the show for UCU as she registered a double double of 20 points and 19 rebounds, 12 of which were defensive.Zianah Lokwameri also popped up big-off the bench with 21 points while Sarah Ageno managed 11 (points).For JKL, Stella Oyella and Ritah Imanishimwe top scored with 16 points each. They were the only two Dolphins to manage double figures on the night.JKL’s bench was once again disappointing as they managed just 10 points.Game six of the series will take place at the same venue on Sunday, December 8th.Comments Tags: FUBA NBLJKL Lady DolphinsNicholas NatuherezaRitah ImanishimweRose AkonSarah AgenoStella OyellaUCU Lady CanonsZainah Lokwameri