Lady Canons sweep series 3-0, qualify for 10th straight league final
As many fans and pundits expected, the Lady Canons have made it through to the finals of the 2016 FUBA National Basketball League after sweeping A1 Challenge 3-0 in the semi-final play-offs, writes RONALD AWANY
Vilmah Acheing scored 27 points and 15 rebounds, Judith Nansobya bagged 19 points while the speedy Rosine Michomyiza managed nine points and nine assists as the Lady Canons completed an 80–57 swoop over A1 Challenge on November 13 at Lugogo Indoor Stadium.
The defending champions completed the daunting task of reaching the final for the tenth consecutive year since the inception of the league in 2007.
The Ladies now will face the KCCA Leopards in the final as they pursue a record sixth championship trophy.
On the other hand, the Canons bowed to the pressure of an excellent City Oilers side who swept the series 3–0. The Oilers won 70-54, 87-73 and 71-75 in three consecutive games to end the Canons’ dream of reaching a second consecutive final.
For a team that pundits had ruled out of the play-offs after losing a host of star players in the beginning of the season including Ivan Lumanyika, Desmond Owili, Mirtin Okwako and Innocent Oduor, this has been a remarkable journey.
Canons captain Jonathan Egau revealed their frustration after the loss.
“It is so bad that we lost because we were looking at achieving more. Of course a lot of people did not expect us to reach this far because of the kind of team we were on paper. So it is a positive for us,” he said.
“Right now we turn our attention to the East Africa University Games in Nairobi and we have started early preparations because we have to win something at the end of the day in order to boost our morale,” he added.