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Dikong scores 20 to Keep UCU championship dreams alive

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David Deng Kongor in action for UCU Cannons in a league match | Courtesy Photo

David Kongor Deng struggled to find his shot in the fourth quarter before the shooting guard mustered just enough offense in overtime to keep Canons championship dreams alive.

David scored 20 points, including 4 of the Canons 12 points in overtime to lift the University side to a 54-52 victory over the 6 times NBL champions City Oilers and consequently take the best of sevens finals series at 3-2 after game V.

Nick Natuhereza’s side came into the contest well knowing it was a do or die clash, and had one mission on their minds(outscoring City Oilers) or else they could park their bags as early as game V.

That was evident as the Canons led 16-13 at the end of the first quarter courtesy of 8 points from David Kongor while Chuma Fadhili and Baale Fayed each added 4 points in less than 10 minutes.

In the tense second quarter, both  teams failed to get their shots to the Basket in the the first 5 minutes of the quarter until when Titus Lual get the opening 2 for the quarter with 4:34 on the clock.

City Oilers responded with three quick 2pointer from James Okello, Landry Ndikumana and Jimmy Ennabu before UCU’s Davud Kongor notched in a 2 to tie the scores at halftime (20-20).

Baale Fayed, David Kongor and Chuma Fadhili produced a stellar second half performance to propel the cannos into a 42-40 lead with 30 seconds to the death of the game.

While UCU celebrations were about to get start, experienced Ugandan International Jimmy Ennabu leveled the matters for the six times NBL defending champions City Oilers 42-all to the dismay  of the University fans at lugogo indoor arena and force an overtime.

Jimmy Ennabu attacking the Basket with the later stages of the game | Courtesy photo

It was a Kongor show in overtime as the guard scored 4 of the Canons 12 points to force a best of sevens game 6 contest.

The Cannons are still trailing the best of  seven  series by 3-2 and will hope to produce the same heroic on Friday so as to tie the series 3-all or  faces a blast with a loss.

Both Chuma Fadhili and David Kongor finished the game with a double doubles. David Kongor scored 20points and 15  rebounds while Chuma Fadhili added 13 more points and 11 rebounds for the Canons.

Chuma Fadhili was named UAP old Uganda Player of the game after recording a double-double (13 points and 11 rebounds) | Courtesy photo

Landry Ndikumana had 16 points, James Okello 12 points while Jimmy Ennabu finished the game with 11 points on the losing effort.

Action will return on Friday 17th January ,with the game VI matchup at Lugogo Indoor Arena, Lugogo


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