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Sharing Youth make best start to the NBL season

By Charles Mutebi

Added 20th June 2016 03:45 PM

Raymond Muhumuza's Youth defeated the Ndejje Angels 71-66 Sunday at the YMCA to secure their third win

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Raymond Muhumuza's Youth defeated the Ndejje Angels 71-66 Sunday at the YMCA to secure their third win

National Basketball League
Women
JKL 56 UCU 51
KCCA 70 Javon 37
Men
Warriors 72 UPDF 52
UCU 61 Phenoms 50
Sharing 71 Ndejje 66
KIU 75 Falcons 50
 
In the race to survive relegation from the National Basketball League (NBL), the Sharing Youth have made the best start of the four or five teams tipped to be in danger of the drop at the beginning of the season.
 
Raymond Muhumuza's Youth defeated the Ndejje Angels 71-66 Sunday at the YMCA to secure their third win in seven games and climb to seventh in the standings, three spots above the drop zone.
 
Steven Otoa grabbed a game-high 22 points to go with nine rebounds while Ed Potter snatched 16 points and 12 rebounds for Sharing, who will obviously do more than survive the drop if they finish the regular season in the top eight.
 
But there's still a long way to go before the postseason and a lot can change quickly. Still, Sharing (which had Tony Okello add 11 points) can take confidence from their not-so-horrible start, contrary to what many predicted.
 
As for Ndejje, a second loss in four days left them rooted in ninth place in the standings and looking far from the team that challenged the City Oilers in the first round of last year's playoffs. Sedar Sagamba, Innocent Ochera, Mony Ghirislan and Francis Tumusiime scored 15, 14, 11 and 10 points respectively for the Angels, who have two wins from seven games.  
 
Fortunately, for Ndejje, two other potentially relegation-threatened teams (Phenoms and UPDF) also lost their Sunday assignments, to the UCU Canons and Pemba Warriors respectively. In that sense, Sharing won on more than one front.
 

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