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Basketball Play-offs: UCU Canons need composure in Game-5

By Charles Mutebi

Added 14th January 2020 02:39 PM

Obviously, the Canons have not had a bigger need for that strategy this season than right now.

Basketball Play-offs: UCU Canons need composure in Game-5

Oilers' Landry Ndikumana (right) drives past UCU Canons' Isaiah Mabeny during game-four of the best of seven FUBA final play-offs at Lugogo, January 10 2020. Photos by Michael Nsubuga

Obviously, the Canons have not had a bigger need for that strategy this season than right now.

BASKETBALL     FUBA LEAGUE

National Basketball League Finals

Game 5 tomorrow at Lugogo

Oilers v UCU

(Oilers lead series 3-1)

 

The UCU Canons promised themselves to push the City Oilers in Game 4 of the National Basketball League (NBL) Finals last week.

They tried but maybe tried too hard, earning an ejection and clearly allowing their frustrations with the officials and themselves to affect their game.

As usual, the Oilers managed their own boiling emotions like old pros, getting flustered but not crossing the line. If the Canons are to extend the series, there can be no repeat of the last game's mental breakdown.

Of course, there are other tweaks that could improve UCU's chances of claiming Game 5 but a return to the joyful disposition that characterised their surprising run to the Finals would be a good place to start.

The Oilers have claimed the last three games and UCU's frustrations in Game 4 were, though costly, understandable. With the six-time reigning champions putting on the defensive bolts and Jimmy Enabu delivering a vintage display, UCU would have felt overwhelmed.

 ilers osh ohnson left drives past  anons ayed baale during gamefour of the best of seven  final playoffs at ugogo anuary 10 2020 Oilers' Josh Johnson (left) drives past UCU Canons' Fayed Bbaale during game-four of the best of seven FUBA final play-offs at Lugogo, January 10, 2020.

 


Enabu's energetic performance does not augur well for Nick Natuhereza's Canons, who saw a lesser version of the star guard in the first three games thanks to his pressing academic schedule at the time.

Enabu had more time to prepare for Game 4 and it showed in his sharpness, production (24 points, eight rebounds and five assists) and 37 minutes of playtime.

Still, UCU got this far by doing it as a unit together, something they got away from in Game 4. As Natuhereza rightly observed before the series, "We don't have a superstar who can carry us. We must play as a team to succeed".

Obviously, the Canons have not had a bigger need for that strategy this season than right now.

 

 City Oil's James Okello (right) takes on UCU's Fadhil Chuma.

 

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