Bernis Ankunda gets baptism of fire as Power fall to Nam Blazers in their NBL encounter in Mukono

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By Ali Mutanje

Ft: Betway Power 59-81 Nam Blazers

By Betway Power have lost six in a row and are still in search of their first win of the season. Their fight in the game against Nam Blazers encourages the right direction. 

They put up a spirited fight against Nam Blazers despite falling in the last minutes. The Nam Blazers showed great resilience to come back and win the game. 

Coach Bernis Ankunda went out in search of Power’s first win of the season in a disappointing outing. 

Power battled to the end of the first half. Leading 36-28. Energy levels dropped in the second half, allowing Nam Blazers to cut the deficit and put up a comeback fight. 

The Blazers tied the game 41-41 in the third quarter. Deng David was left open from the outside and cut a three-way to put the Namuwongo outfit level. 

Heading into the last quarter of minutes of the game, Nam Blazers were in a 56-52 lead.

 Power went out of character in the fourth quarter. They missed eight shots consecutively.  They only had one Wundi lay up to count in a 4-19 Blazers lead. The Blazers had a 13 point run to thank for the lead. 

Blazers Dikong stood out with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Emmanuel Okumu and Odong Paul boosted the side with 11 points each. 

Blair Wadaya inspired with 2 three-pointers out of 2 shots with 10 points. Chris Omanye recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists coming from the bench.

Power’s Amisi had 18, Isaac Afidra 11 and Stephen Wundi 10 points on a disappointing day at the office. 

Power’s underlying problem continues with huge numbers of shots missed. On the day, they missed 11 out of 14 shots outside the arc. 

Powers shooting is still wanting to put out a shot rate below 50% per game. 

The bench is not contributing enough, bringing on 12 points to Namuwongo 39. 

Their ball retention is very low. They give out the ball an average of 30 times per game so far. 

Power can be encouraged by their rebound figures. They registered 52 for the night. Compared to Blazers 39. 

Power puts up mixed signals between what they’re capable of and how bad they can be. Coach Ankunda’s main task right now would be to fix the team and put up a consistent performance. 

Namuwongo blazers performances are characterized by slow starts. Thanks to Power’s poor form, they won this one. However, they will rue their run of play at the beginning of games. Especially with teams that can hold on to a lead. 

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