Execution perfect

The roar of a wounded lion is one to be feared as much as its strike could be worse. The same can be said of the UCU Canons as they heaped more misery onto the Star Times Falcons’ poor start to the season with a 76-36 mauling on Friday 10 at the Lugogo Indoor Stadium, writes RONALD AWANY 

Canons skipper, Jonathan Egau, yells after a slum dunk during the game against Falcons (Photo by Ronald Awany)

While the result was a befitting recovery for the Canons who lost their previous game 73-72 to defending champions City Oil in a heavily contested encounter, the same cannot be said of the Falcons who have since won only one of their last six games this season.

“We needed to put Oilers behind us and move on, and this for me was the best way to do it,” Canons coach, Nicholas Natuhereza said.

However, Falcons’ captain Vinnie Jurua blamed the loss on the injuries of the majority of their senior players and remained adamant it would affect their chances of making the playoffs.

“The loss does not impact negatively on us because it is still early in the season to jump to conclusions. Besides, we are still trying to build something with the new players,” he said.

The game started off to a tense and fast-paced first quarter but both teams failed to find the hoop until Douglas Uwereza opened the account for Falcons after two minutes of barren play.

The Falcons held on to a 6-2 lead that only lasted three minutes, their only one throughout the game, before the Canons broke away to end the first quarter 15-9. 

At first the game seemed fun-promising for the fans, many of whom expected both teams to put up a spirited fight.

However, after the first quarter, the quick passing, fast transitions and deadly offensive onslaught by the university side exposed and crippled the Falcons who quickly ran out of steam to allow the Canons a 33-17 second quarter get-away.

Even the expected second half come-back from the record champions did not materialize. Instead, it is the Mukono-based side that continued to deliver, beating their opponents 61-26, in the third quarter.

Steven Wundi topped the scoring charts for the Canons with 20 points and 8 rebounds, Jonathan Egau 16 points, Yahaya Kalyesubula 14 and Andrew Gang 11 while Joseph Shiva 11, was the only player to have managed a double figure for the Falcons team.

The win pushes the Canons to fifth spot behind City Oil, Our Saviour, Power and Pemba Warriors on the table, while the Falcons drop to tenth.

Earlier, defending champions, the UCU Lady Canons made easy prey of their opponents, the Magic Stormers, winning 78-43 to make it four in a row.

The Falcons return to action against the KIU Titans while the Magic Stormers play Nkumba Marines on June 17, at YMCA in Wandegeya.

In the other fixtures, the Canons and Lady Canons play Destiny Phenoms and JKL Lady Dolphins respectively on June 19, at YMCA.