The National Basketball League (NBL) kick started off early this year with a luke-warm reception, with FUBA lacking a league sponsor, to the fans still failing to make the numbers that we had been used to. For the men, Charging Rhino, Destiny Phenoms, and UPDF Tomahawks where welcomed to the top league, and for the ladies, Javon Ladies and JKL Lady Dolphins were also welcomed to the fray. The first part of the league has had a lot of talking points in both the men and the women's leagues.
JKL in the women's league has been a surprise package, finding itself in unchattered territory at the end of the first part of the season. Third on the table with 18 points, just one point less than KCCA Leopards, and A1 Challenge both with 19 points seated 1st & 2nd respectively. More to that, relegating defending champions UCU Lady Canons to fourth place with 17 points. It might be the end of the first part of the season, but JKL look to be cementing itself in the big four women clubs in the nation, kicking out Nkumba Lady Marines and KIU Ranger who have been switching in this fourth position. It is JKL's first outing in the high flying women's basketball league, and with the talent they managed to acquire before the start of the season, hope they can consolidate there place and be part of the playoffs by the end of the season.
For the men's league, City Oilers looked to have continued with the momentum of last season. Three champions in a row, and finishing off the first part of the season without a loss is a very big achievement, that reminds me of NBA's outfit Golden State Warriors in the USA's season that just ended. UCU Canons and Pemba Warriors are the only teams that looked to be on the verge of inflicting a loss to City Oilers in the first part of the season, but this did not come to pass. On the other hand, six time champions StarTimes Falcons found themselves in unfamiliar territory by the end of the first part of the season, having lost 9 of the 11 games, seated in 10th place with a paltry 13 points. Today Friday 29th July 2016, the second part of the NBL league will be rolling off with a mouth watering clash. Both fans favorite Pemba Warriors and Power will be taking to the court at exactly 8pm at YMCA, and Power will be looking forward to do a double against Warriors this season, having annihilated the Warriors team in the earlier game with a 30 plus margin. Prior to this KIU Rangers will be taking on Magic Stormers in the opening ladies game of the second part of the season. It is this part of the season that KIU needs to get back to the groove and see that they can consolidate there place in the playoffs.
Courtesy of: ugsportsportal.com