By Charles Mutebi
Airtel National Basketball League
Men: Power v Warriors
Women: KCCA v UCU
Men: City Oil 75 Nkumba 50
Women: A1 58 Gladiators 38
D’MARK Power have been embarrassed once this season. That’s why it is hard to forget it.
By contrast, the Riham Warriors –– who are responsible for the 26-point defeat that is the worst stain on Power’s 2013 Airtel National Basketball League season –– have swung from awesome to average quite often.
So, while it is obvious Power will come out to avenge their first round humiliation when they battle the Warriors today at Lugogo, it is also worth asking, which Warriors team will they face?
Is it the one that smacked them back in July, or the one that got sunk by the relegation-threatened Nkumba Marines two weeks ago?
The clue might be in the availability or otherwise of Warriors star Ronnie Kasewu and to a lesser extent Sam Gombya.
Kasewu and Gombya have been down in the last two weeks with a hamstring injury and fever respectively and only resumed training this week.
But Kasewu says whatever players make the Warriors line-up, there will be no excuses.
“We are not going to say that just because we have had injuries it is okay to lose,” explained Kasewu.
“We beat them hands down in the first round so they will come out to hard. So we have to be at our best and even without me, our team can beat Power.”
For Ben Komakech and his colleagues, the loss to the Warriors left a bitter taste in the mouth that will only be washed out with a victory.
It was Power’s first defeat of the campaign and raised many disturbing questions. The answers, Power promise, will come today.
“The Warriors can’t beat us again,” vowed Power captain Joseph Ikong last week.
“We will beat them,” promised Komakech.
Meanwhile, the UCU Lady Canons will put their unbeaten record on the line when they face women’s defending champions KCCA Leopards in the opening game of the night.
UCU are chasing history, seeking to go through an eight-team league unbeaten. KCCA has the best chance of stopping them.