The Zuku University Basketball League which kicked off on March 8, is now at quarter final stage with big teams like defending Champions Ndejje, UCU, Makerere, making it to the semi finals. The teams gave it all their best with worst performance coming from Nkumba University. In the last match in their century, they almost outperformed the defending Champions forcing an extra time play for Ndejje to beat them with only two baskets.
The games however, did not have many baskets with all the games recording less than 70 baskets. This shows how the teams were prepared for the much anticipated knock out stages. The interesting match was between Makerere University and Busoga University who were being taken as underdogs. However, the efforts they pulled out required commendation. They gave Makerere a run of their money with god blocks, defense which did not allow the likes of Tonny Ileba to pull out the shots.
Nevertheless Makerere qualified to the semi finals. Thanks to the wonderful performance from the captain Ileba and Martin Ojong who managed to juggle through the Busoga University defense to give Makerere the win they needed. Ileba who left the coat quite happy with the win is confident that they will do anything to beat the defending Champions Ndejje University.
“I am very happy with the win, and I am positive that we will beat Ndejje to secure our place in the finals. They are the defending Champions and I expect it will be a big match,” says Ileba.
On the side, the Busoga University captain Benard Ojong was happy with the performance which the exhibited against Makerere University. He however hoped that they will reach go further than that in the next season. “I am happy we have reached the knock out stage and the performance we had against Makerere. In the next season am confident we shall reach the finals,” says Ojong.
All eyes are now focused to the semi finals on Friday especially the big match which will feature Makerere taking on Ndejje at Lugogo.