KIU Rangers blow out Angels in season opener

Mary Amaniyo led the game in scoring with 16 points | KIU Image

BASKETBALL KIU Rangers blow out Angels in season opener

Ian Asabo • 21:32 - 22.03.2023

The KIU Rangers sent a message to the rest of the league about their title credentials after they easily dispatched Angels, 81-57, in the National Basketball League tie played at the MTN Arena in Lugogo on Wednesday evening.

The Ladies from Kansanga started quickly as they established dominance of their opponents, who had little reply, with the score being 47- 26 at the end of the half.

Mary Amaniyo led the game in scoring with 16 points, having got half of them in the first half.

Tactically, the KIU Rangers set up their first unit consisting of the taller players. In contrast, the second unit was a small lineup that gave them enough pace for the quick transitions, a prolific one-two punch.

This enabled the Rangers to establish significant offence with all their players, bar one, on the scoreboard.

Diana Letaru and Sharon Kirabo contributed 12 points each and crucially shared the scoring load, which will be a significant advantage in the league as the season progresses.

A mini second-half fight was on the cards for the Angels, but they got into significant foul trouble that affected their rhythm in the end.

Angels head coach Emmanuel Ateng was proud of his team despite the loss as many of them have a lot of growing up in the league.

"Majority of the team is in experienced comprising of teenagers, so it was always going to be a tough game, am proud of them and we can only get better,” Ateng noted after the game.

Much as KIU Rangers’ head coach Roger Serunyigo was impresses with the win, he insists there is plenty of work to be done for them to be successful this season.

" I was happy with the performance but we need to correct a few details like the way we transitioned the ball, we can always play better and am looking forward to that this season", he says.