Only a few days ago, the UCU Cannons were on the verge of losing the NBL championship for a second year to the 6-time defending champions City Oilers unit, built on experienced team play.
By the end of game 6 on Friday night, Fayed Baale had inspired the Canons to a 3-3 come back after a 77-72 victory in the best of seven series as he notched in all his 11 points in the closing quarter to push the finals to a game 7 that few saw coming.
Nick Natuhereza’s side who were trailing 3-1 after game 4, won game 5 by two points (54-52) to take the series to 3-2 before a game 6 encounter on Friday.
In game 6, the Cannons were aggressive in the first quarter of the game scoring 19 points in the opening 10 minutes of the game while restricting the defending champions to only 5 points.
David Kongor Deng scored 14 of his 19 points in the first quarter to send the Canons into an early 14 point lead before the second quarter.
City Oilers came out all guns blazing in second quarter as they scored 25 points in the quarter but resilient UCU Canons teams replied with another 19 points to take the game at 38-30 by the halftime with the Cannons gap reduced to 8 points
It was a Baale Fayed’s show in the second half of the game as the short point guard came up with all his 11 points in the closing half to propel his side to a historical comeback against the 6-time defending NBL champions, City Oilers to force a deciding finals game 7 encounter on Sunday evening.
David Kongor Deng finished the game with 19 points and 9 rebounds having played only 20 minutes of the game while teammates Fayed Baale and Titus Lual each added 11 points for the the University side.
James Okello had a game high 27 points and 10 rebounds (double-double) on the losing effort