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NBL: Playoff fixtures confirmed

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With the Tusker Lite National Basketball League regular season having ended on Sunday at Lugogo, KCCA Panthers pushed themselves to the playoffs after conquering UPDF Tomahawks 88-63.

Without their head coach Nicholas Natuhereza who is with National 3 by 3 Basketball teams at the Islamic Games in Konya, Turkey, UCU Canons edged Ndejje University Angel’s in the other game with 13 points on a day to make up a 89-76 score board result something that meant the Mukono based got on level with both Nam Blazers and City Oilers in terms of wins and loses.

Since all teams were level, the three-team tie breaker rule was used to determine the number one ranked team something that meant Namuwongo Blazers are on top as they beat City Oilers (in games) of the regular season and UCU too in one leg.

On the same rule, UCU Canons came in second and were followed by play off masters City Oilers just like Power who seemed to kick off the season in poor shape coming in fifth below fourth placed KIU Titans. In perfect order, they were followed by UPDF Tomahawks, JKL Dolphins and KCCA Panthers to make up the top eight.

The two teams that miss out on the playoffs are  Ndejje University Angels and new comers Our Saviour as they await for the 2023 campaign unlike the other new entrants in Tropical Royals, Victoria University and once league giants Falcons Basketball Club who were relegated.

The Men’s Playoffs are expected to tip off in a one week time. They will start at the quarterfinals stage as it is eight teams in contest for one title:

Men NBL Quarterfinals

  • Nam Blazers Vs KCCA Panthers
  • UCU Canons Vs JKL Dolphins
  • City Oilers Vs UPDF Tomahawks
  • KIU Titans Vs Power

On the women’s side, JKL Dolphins were on fire, finishing regular season unbeaten. Meaning that they take on the number one spot only for UCU Lady Canons only to finish second, the third and fourth spot are up for debate as as KIU rangers still have a pending fixture with KCCA.

KIU rangers are currently third while KCCA Leopards, fourth both tied on 13-4. They will be hoping to make it 14 wins, something that will see them get on level with UCU, a team which has a better head to head against both of them.

The pending fixture is set to be played on Wednesday with all the eight teams remaining in the league set for the playoffs automatically. Angels Basketball Club came in fifth, Miracle Ravens in sixth, Magic Stormers seventh and Nabisunsa Girls in the last available Playoffs slot.

Nkumba Lady Marines and A1 Challenge were the two relegated sides to Women’s Division One.

Women NBL Quarterfinals

  • JKL Lady Dolphins Vs Nabisunsa
  • UCU Lady Canons Vs Magic Stormers.
  • KIU/KCCA Vs Miracle Ravens
  • Angels Vs KIU/KCCA

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