Dominant Displays: Top players leave their mark in the final week of the National Basketball League first round

Joseph Kumbai defends the hoop against a KCCA Panthers player in recent league action| FUBA image

BASKETBALL Dominant Displays: Top players leave their mark in the final week of the National Basketball League first round

Ian Asabo 17:57 - 29.05.2023

The National Basketball League's last weekend of the first round witnessed outstanding performances from some of the league's brightest stars. Players like Ruai Luak from the City Oilers, Maluel Dier representing Our Savior, Joseph Kumbai of the Ndejje Angels, Titus Lual from the City Oilers, and Saidi Amisi of the KIU Titans showcased their skills.

They made a significant impact on their respective teams. Next, let's delve into the standout performances that caught the attention of fans and pundits alike, setting the stage for an exhilarating second round. 

Guard: Ruai Luak (City Oilers) 

Ruai Luak has established himself as one of the most important offensive weapons in the league today after yet another impressive outing for the Oilers| FUBA image

In the anticipated matchup against the Kampala Rockets, Ruai Luak of the City Oilers returned to the court with remarkable finesse, leading his team to a resounding victory. 

Luak's phenomenal performance, which earned him the coveted player of the game title, saw him contribute 14 points and an impressive 14 rebounds.

 With this win, the City Oilers maintained their unblemished record at 11-0 for the season. Luak's remarkable average of 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game solidified his position as one of the league's most formidable offensive weapons.

 Guard: Maluel Dier (Our Savior)

 Maluel Dier from Our Savior may have had his team's winning streak snapped by Dmark Power, but his brilliance couldn't be overlooked. 

Dier's double-double effort, comprising 12 points and ten rebounds, showcased his determination and skill. As his season averages 9.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, Dier remains a crucial player for Our Savior, hoping to lead his team to a swift recovery when they face the Namuwongo Blazers next.

 Center: Joseph Kumbai (Ndejje Angels) 

Joseph Kumbai with the ball for the Ndejje Angels. He scored a 23 point, 25 rebound double double in his last game against Dmark Power| FUBA image

Despite the Ndejje Angels finding themselves at the bottom of the league standings, Joseph Kumbai has been a beacon of hope for his team.

 In their recent clash against Our Savior, Kumbai put on an awe-inspiring display, tallying 23 points and 25 rebounds—the highest individual performance in scoring and assists this season. 

With a season average of 12.2 points and an incredible 14.5 rebounds per game, Kumbai's dominance in the paint has puzzled opponents throughout the league.

 Unsurprisingly, his exceptional performances have garnered attention from numerous clubs as the season progresses. 

Forward: Titus Lual( City Oilers) 

Titus Lual impressed in his return to league action for the City Oilers and is among the front runners for MVP| FUBA image

Titus Lual, a key player for the City Oilers, proved why he is a leading candidate for this season's MVP title. 

Upon his return to the league, Lual demonstrated his prowess by contributing 12 points and ten rebounds in just 27 minutes of action against the Kampala Rockets.

 Lual's consistent excellence throughout the season has propelled him to average 16 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. 

As the City Oilers seek their ninth consecutive title, Lual's leadership and stellar performances will undoubtedly be vital to their success in the playoffs. 

Forward: Saidi Amisi (KIU Titans) 

Saidi Amisi is currently leading the offensive charge of the KIU Titans who currently sit in second place on the table| FUBA image

Saidi Amisi, the driving force behind the KIU Titans, closed out the first round with an impressive victory over the JKL Dolphins.

 Amisi's impact was undeniable, as he secured a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

 With an average of 15.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, Amisi is determined to guide the Titans to championship glory this season, having come agonizingly close to the title last year with the Namuwongo Blazers.

 As the second round of the National Basketball League approaches, fans eagerly await the continuation of the captivating performances displayed by these remarkable players. 

With their exceptional skills, dedication, and determination, Ruai Luak, Maluel Dier, Joseph Kumbai, Titus Lual, and Saidi Amisi have set the stage for an enthralling competition as teams vie for the ultimate prize in the quest for basketball supremacy.