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It’s Ba again

first_imgAs the dust settled at Govind Park, the Men in Black were the only side left standing. Nadi was unlucky as this was their third consecutive loss in the IDC final.While most teams have waited decades to win the IDC, Ba’s two years wait was long for their fans. Cheers were deafening after wonderboy Abbu Zahid scored a double in the final.Nadi had no answer to counter Ba’s attacking prowess and failed to fully utilise strikers Napolioni Qasevakatini and Samuela Drudru.Ba defenders Alvin Singh, Josefata Neibuli, Laisenia Raura and Remuere Tekiata had the Nadi attackers well-marked.Zahid broke the deadlock in the 21st minute as he finished off a well-timed cross from Ronil Kumar and cheekily beat Nadi keeper Vereti Dickson.Having a slender 1-0 lead at the break, Zahid combined well with skipper Avinesh Waran Suwamy to produce another magical moment for Ba. Suwamy received the ball 10 metres inside his half and a smart pass on the line for the flying Zahid, who then kicked the ball backward to Suwamy.As the defenders swamped over Suwamy he neatly placed the ball between two defenders for Zahid who was looming on the far left to beat Dickson taking his team to a 2-0 lead.Elated with his performance, Zahid said he wanted to prove his worth after being written off by some fans.”I am so emotional to help Ba win a tournament after two long years,” said Zahid.”Many people have lost faith in me because of injury but I wanted to show them that I still have what it takes to help Ba win.”I dedicate this win to all the Ba fans and to my fellow teammates.”Captain Avinesh Waran Suwamy said the win was special and commended his troops for their commitment. He said the one-month preparation has paid off and dedicated the victory to their fans.Ba secretary Iliaz Khan also echoed similar sentiments thanking the boys for their achievement.”We have waited for this moment for two years and I am glad the boys delivered in style to win the IDC,” he said.”This win has stamped Ba’s dominance again and I thank all those that have been supporting us throughout.”Nadi coach Kamal Swammy said his players failed to follow the game plan set out for them and congratulated Ba for the victory.last_img read more

Trio remanded for KN grenade attack

first_imgThree men accused of throwing a grenade at the vehicle of Kaieteur News Publisher Glenn Lall, were on Wednesday remanded to prison.The men – Leroy Williams, called “Buxton”, 25, of Durban Backlands; Alfie Garraway, 36, of Norton Street, Lodge; and 20-year-old Janiel Howard of Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, were all charged for unlawfully and maliciously conspired to cause danger by way of an explosive metal device, being the grenade.Two of the three accused covering their faces at courtThey all appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones objected to bail on the grounds of the severity of the offence and the associated penalty which the charge carries. The Prosecution’s submissions were upheld and the trio was remanded to prison until July 7.The Police had issued a wanted bulletin on Friday for 20-year-old Shemar Wilson, also known as “Abdue”, of Lot 43 North Sophia, Greater Georgetown and of Lot 51 West La Penitence, Georgetown, for questioning.The live grenade was hurled at the luxury vehicle belonging to Lall on June 4, during the first night of the wake to pay last respects to deceased Assistant Editor Dale Andrews.Persons who were at the wake recalled hearing a strange sound but assumed that it was the sound of glass shattering. However, when a thorough check was made, the grenade was found lying next to the right tyre of Lall’s black Lexus vehicle.The Police were summoned and the area was immediately cordoned off, while bomb experts deactivated the device. They noted that it was a miracle the grenade did not explode.After a review of footage from surveillance cameras, it was revealed that the grenade was thrown from a grey motor car. That vehicle was later found abandoned in the vicinity of Norton Street and Mandela Avenue. It had reportedly hit a woman before slamming into a utility pole in the area.Prompt investigation led to the discovery of the car and the arrest of six persons who were later joined by another seven as investigations continue.last_img read more

Ex-prisoner executed; body dumped on dam

first_imgThe body of an ex-prisoner was on Thursday morning found with a single gunshot wound to the head on a dam at Naarstigheid, West Coast Berbice.The dead man has been identified as 45-year-old Suraj Sookdeo also called “Terry” of Lot 9B Woodley Park, WCB.The dam where the man’s body was foundBased on preliminary investigations, the now dead man was last seen at about 19:30h on Wednesday evening. He was subsequently found lying motionless with a gunshot wound to his body.He was taken to Fort Wellington Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, the police stated.Police are working with the theory that the man might have been killed execution-style and his body dumped at the location.Dead: Suraj SookdeoBebi Bacchus, the man’s sister-in-law, related that Sookdeo was last seen by the family at about 19:00h on Wednesday and the police visited their home at about 7:00h on Thursday morning making inquiries. It was then that they were given the devastating news.Family members rushed to the scene only to find him lying face down.Bacchus added that Sookdeo was found lying with one hand under his body and the other outstretched. She believes that her brother-in-law was shot elsewhere and dumped at the scene.“They had no blood at the scene. When the police turn him over there was no blood,” she told Guyana Times.Meanwhile, residents of Number 12 Village reportedly heard a single gunshot between 23:00h and 23:30h. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Sookdeo was seen in a meat bird pen belonging to a licensed firearm holder.“If he was seen in a fowl pen, they didn’t have to shoot him. They could have handed him over to the police and let him pay for his crime. Yes, sometimes you would do wrong things,” she said.Bacchus stated that her brother-in-law was in the habit of using illegal drugs while adding that he was released from prison two months ago.“Sometimes he would work with people and people say that he’s a good person, and other person sometime would say that he would trouble their things. But he is always good to me. Anytime I ask him to do something he would do it. I never had any problem with him, he’s a very respectable person,” the woman explained.The body is at Anthony Funeral Home awaiting post-mortem as investigators continue to look for clues.last_img read more

No deal! Brazil star rejects Man United and Man City overtures

first_img1 Brazilian right-back Danilo Brazilian right-back Danilo has snubbed Manchester United and Manchester City and opted to sign for Real Madrid.The defender has agreed a deal to join the Spanish side in the summer from Porto for a fee of around £22m – and that fee could rise to around £28m if the player and club reach a number of targets.The 23-year-old has made 23 appearances in the Portuguese top-flight so far this season and scored three goals – the same amount he notched last season over 28 matches.Since joining Porto in December 2011, the former Santos man has won two Portuguese titles and two cups and will now move to La Liga in the hope of extending his medal collection.Danilo started both of Brazil’s friendlies at the end of March and set up his nation’s winning goal in the 1-0 win over Chile at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium on Sunday.last_img read more

Aston Villa defender targeted by Serie A side

first_img Aly Cissokho Fiorentina are eyeing up a move for Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho, according to reports in Italy.The French defender, who previously spent a season on loan at Liverpool, is likely to leave Villa Park this summer after being told he has no future at the club by manager Tim Sherwood.According to Sky Italia, the Serie A side are admirers of the full-back and are readying a bid for the 27-year-old.Cissokho made 27 appearances for Villa last term but failed to impress Sherwood in the second half of the season and a move to Italy looks on the cards. 1last_img read more

Liverpool fans love the idea of this midfield partnership – summer transfer?

first_img1 Granit Xhaka has talked up the Premier League with Liverpool and Arsenal both said to be interested Having exacted revenge on Man City for the League Cup final defeat, some Liverpool fans are already planning for the future.It seems certain manager Jurgen Klopp will change things up in the summer with some players leaving Anfield to make way for new faces.And when Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka revealed he harbours dreams of playing in England, some Liverpool supporters have urged the club to snap him up, along with the likes of Jack Butland and Mario Gotze.Will there be a Xhaka/ Can combo? Looks like there ain’t nobody supporters don’t want, as you can see from the tweets below.Realistically, which players would like to see move to the club?last_img read more

Well-known publican slams licensing laws after being fined for three counts of ‘after-hours’ drinking

first_imgA leading Donegal publican has claimed he is being unfairly treated compared to his Letterkenny counterparts after he was fined for three counts of allowing after-hours drinking on his premises.Brendan Devine of Rooney’s Nightclub in Dunfanaghy appeared at Falcarragh District Court to face the charges. Mr Devine admitted to all three counts but pleaded his case when allowed to give evidence by Judge Paul Kelly.The breach of the license laws summons related to incidents on September 14th, 2015, September 12th, 2106 and September 27th, 2016.The court was told by Garda Inspector Sean Grant on the first occasion, Gardai visited Rooney’s Nightclub at 1.40am and found more than 200 on the premises with alcohol being served.On September 12th, 2016, just under an hour after the scheduled closing time, Gardai found a further 300 people on the premises with music being played and alcohol being served from two bars.On the next date, September 27th, 2016, more than 60 people were on the premises at 2am.Solicitor for the accused Mr Patsy Gallagher said his client could not understand why his premises was the only premises in the area to be visited by Gardai and prosecuted.Judge Paul Kelly replied “Perhaps the fact that there were 200 or 300 people on the premises might be a clue.”Mr Devine took to the witness stand but Judge Kelly warned him that he had admitted to the three summons and he would not allow him to use the stand as a soap box.However, Mr Devine said the licensing system was a “disgrace”.He told the court how on the night his premises was raided by Gardai, himself and his son had visited a premises in Letterkenny and was able to drink until 2.30am.He waved a document to the court claiming that Judge Kelly had granted exemptions until 2.30am and that this was actually illegal.The whole license system in Donegal is a joke and a disgrace,” said Mr Devine.However, Judge Kelly said that Mr Devine had admitted to the offences and he described the offence committed on September 14th as “utterly premeditated and deliberate.”He added that he was fully aware of Mr Devine’s views on the licensing system but reminded him that many other establishments who had broken the licensing laws had also been prosecuted.He fined Mr Devine a total of €1,750.Well-known publican slams licensing laws after being fined for three counts of ‘after-hours’ drinking was last modified: September 23rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtDunfanaghyGardailawsRooney’s Nightclublast_img read more


first_imgSAM’ COMING HOME TO THE HILLSIT maybe for four days to Arthur’s Day, but Sunday, September 23, 2012 will go down in the history of the GAA as ‘Jimmy’s Day’.So let’s raise a glass of the black stuff to Jimmy McGuinness who has nutured and trained his Donegal team into a fine group of true warriors who today beat Mayo at Croke Park to bring the Sam Maguire trophy back to Tir Conaill. They lost out last year to Dublin on their home turf but from the first minute of this game, Donegal had their nose in front with two quick goals and and a point leaving Mayo manager James Horan huffing and puffing on the touchline.At the end of  nearly 80 minutes of scintialating football, Donegal were crowned for the second time in their history as All Ireland football champions.And it was left to 23-year-old captain Michael Murphy, to walk up the Hogan Stand and accept the Sam Maguire trophy and raise it proudly above his head to the roar of the crowd of 82,269 who had packed into Croke Park to watch Donegal convincingly beat Mayo.It wasn’t a great day for the Taoiseach Enda Kenny who turned up to cheer on his native Mayo who were outplayed from the first whistle. As streams fell from the sky, while Donegal fans lit fireworks in the stands, Michael told the crowd: “I am delighted to accept this trophy on behalf of the Donegal team.“It is an absolute fanatastic honour to climb these steps on behalf of each and everyone of these players out there and each everyone of the people of Donegal.“To these players, their commitment and everything they have done over the last two and a half years. They are an absolute credit to the county. They have put their shoulders to the wheel over these past two years. Thanks boys.“To the families, to the wives, the girlfriends, familiess, friends and each and everyone of the backroom team, and to each and everyone of the players I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the continuous support you have given us throughout the last couple of years.“The massive dedication you had to put in. A big thank you to you.“To the backroom team. Thanks a million or getting us in shape. To the medical team, thanks a million for keeping us injury free. And thanks to our sponsors.” And he thanked the Mayo team for what he called a “sporting game”. “Three cheers for Mayo.”But he kept his special thanks to manager Jimmy McGuinness and Rory Gallagher.“To Rory, for all his help and footballing knowledge. He has been a fantastic addition to Donegal.Aidan Mc Ginley, Annagry celebrating Donegal’s victory in New Delhi, India with a bit of help from a few locals“From all the players here today I want to thank you very much.” And last but not least Jimmy Guinness.“Jim McGuinnnes. Where do we start?” Then the roars ring out around Croke Park to applaud the Donegal manager.“Every man and woman Donegal, both players and alike, owe a massive debt of gratitude to Jim.“The man’s work ethici is undescribable. He has been passionate about Donegal football throughout the past two years.“And another thing is undescribable. Is our debt of gratitude, not just from the players, but also from all the people of Donegal. Thanks a million Jim.”And Michael didn’t forget to praise the fans who had made the long trek from the north west of Ireland to Dublin.“A massive thanks to you the fans and all the people in Donegal. We went out onto the pitch today to represent you the fans.”And before he finished his speech, Michael addressed the throng and sang: “Jimmy’s winning matches, Jimmy’s winning matches.“Jimmy is bringing Sam back to Donegal!!” And with that the captain proudly holds the Sam Maguire aloft in his left hand.Mayo manager James Horan, who was finding it tough on the touchline watching his players keep in touch with Donegal, was magnanimous in defeat.“All credit to my players. They tried to keep the scoreline close, but Donegal are a serious team. They kept going and going. Unfortunately for us, Donegal ran out winners.”After two minutes of added time, Laois referee Maurice Deegan blew the whistle and Donegal were crowned the champions: 2-11 to  Mayo’s 0-13. Magnficient performance from Jimmy’s boys.Although Donegal run out winners, they did have a few heart stopping moments. With time added on the clock Donegal keeper Paul Durcan saved what could have been a sure fire goal for Mayo. PHEW!!Mayo, who were in the final after dumping last year’s winners Dublin in the semi final, fought right to the end. Jason Gibbons pegged the gap back to four points with just a few minutes to go.His point just came after Donegal’s Neil Gallagher pumped the ball over the bar with three minutes to go.Horan’s heroes from the semi-final clash kept the pressure up on Donegal with Lee Lee Keegan narrowing the margin towards the end of the second half. Donegal hearts were pounding.Cillian O’Connor, who was probably Mayo’s best player, had a great chance late in the second half but sent it wide. It was a rare miss from the gifted footballer who by that stage hadn’t scored a point for 11 minutes. And not a single point from open play. Amazing stats and ones James Horan will have to look at in his after match post mortem.Capain Michael Murphy sailed a point over the bar with his equisite footwork, putting a six point marging between them and Mayo. But as Donegal fans knew in their hearts, Mayo would not go down with out a fight.Even with ten minutes to go, and with Donegal having a five point breathing space, fans in the ground and back home in the hills were having a nail biting time.Even at 13 minutes after the break, Donegal were 2-8, Mayo 0-10 but nobody believed that Mayo would go down without a fight.Cillian O’Connor, twice at the start of the second half, saved Mayo’s blushes by sending points over the bar, including one from a tight angle on the left touchline.As Mayo start to find their game, Jimmy McGuinness started to ring a few changes and brought fresh legs, particulary for Padd McBrearty who worked his socks off for Dun na nGnall.Murphy, the captain and hero kept Donegal’s nose ahead with point, even with the odd wide for the men from the hills as dangerous Mayo stil had the potential to launch a late strike back.But at times it looked like some of Mayo’s players left their shooting boots in the dressing room, spuring good chances and hitting the ball wide of the posts. By this stage they had six wides, an it looked ominous that Mayo would rue those wides at the end of the match.At one point, Mayo manager James Horan shook his head in disgust watching Enda Varney sending a great chance wide. The Gods just were not shining on Mayo.As Donegal feared a push from Mayo, Jimmy McGuinness looked to strengthen his outfield and took 0ff Ryan Bradley and replaced him with David Walsh just five minutes of the second half.Seconds earlier Frank McGlynn scored a great point and the match was finally balanced with Donegal 2-6 to  Mayo’s 0-8.As the second half got under way, Mayo find their rhythm again and get a point and narrow the gap to just three points after Donegal opened the half with another point.During the first half, Donegal were on top of the game for the majority of the first half scoring two goals and a point in the first 11 minutes.Colm McFadden got a second goal after great passing throw the midfield and after the ball came off the post he rifled it into the back of the net with his left peg.Donegal added a couple of more points to the board as a shell shocked Mayo, who had two players yellow-carded in the first six minutes tried to regroup.And it was in the 15th minute before Mayo’s Kevin McLaughlin broke Mayo’s duck with a point.But Donegal, who looked fit and fast, seeemed to take the foot off the pedal as Mayo started to grow their way into the final.And as referee Maurice Deegan blew the half time whistle, Mayo had clocked up another six points leaving them just three points behind at the break.Michael Murphy got Donegal off to a flyer of a start with a goal with just two minutes and 25 seconds on the clock.Mayo hit the post and it is a free to Mayo.There is just five minutes to half time and Donegal have a five point cushion over Mayo who finally finding their feet at Croke Park.Free on the right touchline to Donegal.Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor is 25 minutes out and he puts it over the bar. 2-3 to Donegal and Mayo are 0-4. Mayo are five points behind.PHEW!! Almost a howler of a mistake by the Donegal backs. The ball is safely cleared. Free to Mayo.A point to Mayo. they are now two goals behind.With ten minutes to half time, Donegal are certainly on top. Mayo have yet to find their Mayo and Cillian O’Connor sends his 45 wide of the post. Three wides to Mayo. They are seven points behind after 23 minutes.Donegal’s Eamonn McGee is getting treatment on his 100th game for his county.With 21 minutes gone its 2-3 to Donegal. Mayo 0-2.Free to Donegal.  And a point to Colm McFadden. That’s a goal and two points to his name.Ryan Bradley gets off the score sheet for Donegal as 19 minutes approach. 2-2 to 0-2 to Donegal. Mayo and Donegal have two wides each now.Donegal’s Michael Muprhy misses a hand pass over the bar. Saved by David Clarke. 2-1 to 0-2 to Donegal.Sixteen minutes gone, and Cillian O’Connor settles Mayo’s nerves with a second point from a free.Mayo have got their first point with Kevin McLaughlin on 15 minutes and 20 seconds. He has saved Mayo’s blushes.David Clarke saves what could have been a third goal to Donegal. 15 minutes gone and Mayo are facing a rout.May0 now have three men on yellow cards. Its tense stuff here at Croke Park.Yellow cards to Cillian O’Connor and Mayo’s Eamon McGee.And it is a second goal to Donegal!!! Colm McFadden. 2-1 to no score. Mayo are on the ropes and their defence looks very brittle.WITH ten minutes gone, Donegal are certainly on top. Mayo’s ball handling is poor. Free out for Donegal.Free to Mayo on right hand side. Enda Varney could Mayo on the scoreboard. No, it drops in the box and Donegal are on the march again.Another free to Donegal. Mayo Colm Boyle with a late tackle. Donegal are on top with just 8 minutes gone.And it is 1-1 for Donegal after a free in after just six minutes. Mayo have one wide as do Donegal.Referee Maurice Deegan has issued two yellow cards in just the first six minutes against Mayo.And it is a goal by Michael Murphy to Donegal after just 2 mins and 25 seconds!!!!! Not the fastest ever goal in an All Ireland final.FULL TIME ALL-IRELAND FINAL – WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS MO CHARA!! was last modified: September 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ALL-IRELAND FINAL – DONEGAL V MAYO LIVE FROM CROKE PARKlast_img read more

Ballybofey to host Ulster Finals of Irish Dancing Championships

first_imgMore than 10,000 people will descend on Ballybofey this weekend for the Ulster Final of the Irish Dancing Championships from November 17th to 20th.Irish dancing is becoming more popular than ever before and this competition is a mecca showcase for the young people (4yrs – 21yrs) performing and competing in the traditional art of dancing at national and world level and for the impassioned audience it attracts from all over the global community.It adds a festival dimension to Ballybofey as an out-of season event and will benefit the neighbouring towns of Stranorlar, Letterkenny and Donegal Town. Kevin Armstrong, Director of the Ulster Championships, stated that there are in excess of 2000 entries to this competition and that he expects the largest attendance ever at this particular four day dancing event.The success of the Ulster Dancing Championships event in County Donegal to date has determined the imminent return of Oireachtas Rince Uladh to the county again in 2017.An Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey said that “Oireachtas Rincí Uladh”, “The Ulster Dancing Championships” have been coming to Donegal for quite a number of years now and that Donegal County Council recognises the cultural and traditional value and importance of this great event as well as the economic and social benefits to the county. He wishes all involved great success.A Céad Míle Fáilte is extended to everyone who wishes to view and experience Irish Dancing at its ultimate best and to explore what the Ulster Dancing Championships event holds in store for the avid Irish dancing enthusiasts and local communities. This event is being hosted in Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey for four days in the form of high class competitive entertainment.PREASEISIÚINTOireachtas Rince Uladh i mBealach Féich 2016 – 17 go 20 Samhain 2016Beidh Oireachtas Rince Uladh ar siúl i mBealach Féich ón 17ú – 20ú Samhain 2016.Meastar go mbeidh tuairim 10,000 duine ag freastal ó Chúige Uladh agus contaethe teorainn thar an cheithre lá iomlán de cheiliúradh rince iomaíochta. Tá móréileamh ar an Rince Gaelach níos mó anois ná mar a bhí ariamh. Is féile comhaimseartha é do dhamhsóirí óga (4bl – 21bl), ag cur i láthair agus ag iomaíocht san ealaíon Rince Gaelach, agus don lucht féachana a tharraingníonn sé ó na ceantair domhanda. Cáilífear na buaiteoirí ar aghaidh go dtí Craobhchomórtais an Domhain 2017. Cuireann an ócaid seo le gné féilte ‘as séasúr’ agus rachaidh sé i sochar forbairt eacnamaíoch, sóisialta agus cultúrtha do Bhealach Féich agus do na bailte comharsan Sráth an Urláir, Leitir Ceanainn agus Baile Dhún na nGall chomh maith.Dúirt Stiúrthóir Oireachtas Rincí Uladh, Kevin Armstrong, go bhfuil i bhfad níos mó éilimh ar an ócáid seo ná mar a bhí ariamh aroimhe agus go bhfuil thar 2000 iarratais istigh don chomórtas an iarraidh seo. Ciallaíonn seo go mbeidh scaiftí móra ag freastal thar an cheithre lá de chomórtais. Beidh Oireachtas Rincí Uladh ag filleadh ar an chontae arís in 2017.Guíonn Cathaoirleach Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, an Clr Toirleach Ó Sluaighe, gach rath ar an Oireachtas seo. Dúirt sé go n-aithníonn Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall an tábhacht agus an fiúntas cultúrtha, sóisialta agus eacnamaíoch don chontae ach go hairithe ag an am seo den bhliain.Tá fáilte roimh chách go hÓstán Jacksons i mBealach Féich chun an díogras agus an chuid is fearr den Rince Ghaelach a bhlaisiú i bhfoirm siamsaíocht iomaíoch den scoth. Ballybofey to host Ulster Finals of Irish Dancing Championships was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FUBA NBL: Oilers hang on to defeat UCU as KIU Rangers takes care of A1

first_imgOilers’ Landry Ndikumana (center) is closed down by two UCU players on Wednesday night. (PHOTOS/FUBA)FUBA National Basketball LeagueWednesday, 14-08-2019MTN Arena, Lugogo-City Oilers 67-64 UCU Canons-A1 Challenge 44-51 KIU RangersLUGOGO – Six-time FUBA National Basketball League winners had to do it the hard way as they defeated UCU Canons 67-64 in a closely contested encounter played at the MTN Arena on Wednesday night.Leading by just one point with 02:03 to play in the final quarter, Mandy Juruni’s charges put up a strong defensive, restricting the log leaders to just three points whilst posting six of their own to close out the game.The contest was close from the on-set with the scores level on four different occasions in the first quarter before Oilers edged it 18-14.The second ended in a draw as both sides managed 18 points each to see Oilers take a four-point lead into the long break with the scoreboard reading 36-32.Just like in the second, the third was also a tie. Oilers and UCU scored 16 points each, an indication that the fourth would be a thriller as both went for the kill.Inside the first four minutes, Oilers raced into an 8 point lead after scoring 7 points and restricting the Canons to just three.However, the Mukono based side bounced back to bring the game to with-in just a point after Isaiah Arter sunk a deep three with 02:03 on the clock.However, that is as close as Nicholas Natuhereza’s side came to leading and probably winning the game as Oilers held on to win it 67-64 in the end.This was Oilers fourth victory of the second round and with as many victories in the bag, they remain one of the two sides yet to taste defeat in the second round. The other being Warriors.The evergreen Landry Ndikumana was once again the star of the show for Oilers, posting 21 points and picking 9 rebounds, one shy of another double double. Tony Drileba and James Okello also impressed on the night, each picking 10 boards.For UCU, Isaiah Arter who shot 9/22 from the field, top-scored with an impressive 27 points. Substitute Titus Lual was also impressive and he picked a game-high 11 rebounds.Natuhereza’s side still remains top of the log with a 15/2 record.In the Women’s division, Brenda Aujat registered a double double to help her KIU Rangers side defeat A1 Challenge 51-44.Aujat who shot 4/12 from the field managed 11 points and 16 rebounds in a contest that saw KIU only trail once, inside the first two minutes.Aujat (left) registered a double double in the victory over A1 Challenge on Wednesday.By the end of the first quarter, KIU led by 10 with scores reading 16-06.KIU continued their good start, also winning the second 15-11 to take a 14 point lead into the second half.A1 came back from the long break stronger, restricting KIU to just 8 points whilst scoring 19 of their own to ensure they trailed by just three points heading into the last 10 minutes.However, KIU responded by winning the fourth 11-08 and in the process, won the game 51-44.The Rangers had three players reach double figures in terms of scoring with Ines Kanyamunza scoring 19; Rachael Akinyi managed 14 while Aujat posted 11.For A1, only Ruth Atuhaire (14) breached the 10 point barrier. Atuhaire also impressed with a game-high 10 boards.The victory was KIU’s 5th of the second round in 8 games while A1 have now lost 4 of their 7 second-round games.Upcoming FUBA NBL fixturesFriday, 16-08-2019-Ndejje Angels vs Sharing @6:30pm-Warriors vs UCU Canons @8:30pmComments Tags: A1 Challengecity oilersFUBA NBLKIU RangerstopUCU Canonslast_img read more