KIU Rangers Put One Foot In NBL Finals

Wednesday, October 5
•JT Lady Jaguars 67-70 KIU Rangers (0-2)
•Our Saviour 67-79 City Oilers (0-2)

KIU Rangers moved one step closer to reaching the NBL Finals for the very first time after clinching a hard-fought victory against JT Lady Jaguars in Wednesday’s intense semifinal game two.

In a thrilling showdown that had fans on the edge of their seats, the Rangers won 70-67 at YMCA court Wandegeya to lead the best of five series 2-0.

The atmosphere was electric, filled with anticipation and excitement, spiced up rival fans exchanging insults from the word go.

But it was the Rangers who came out alive from the furnace, and are just one win away from writing a new chapter in their brief history.

For the JT Lady Jaguars, the defeat is surely a bitter pill to swallow after a resilient and improved show from their Game One defeat of 68-41.

On Wednesday, the Jaguars had showcased tenacity right from onset, leading 19-13 after the first quarter, and as drama continued in what proved to be a see-saw battle, they led by six points a minute into the last quarter, setting up a platform for a nail-biting finish.

However, KIU Rangers’ Dorcas Maronbera proved pivotal when she took matters in her own hands, scoring nine points in the crucial final quarter, ultimately securing the much-needed victory for KIU.

Maronbera’s exceptional performance, which included 22 points, 7 rebounds, and five assists, was complemented by the outstanding efforts of Rose Amaniyo, who achieved a double-double with 16 points and an impressive 15 rebounds.

Ines Kanyamunza also played a pivotal role in the Rangers’ triumph, contributing 17 points to bolster their offense.

On the JT side, Sarah Ageno led the charge with 20 points, while Rhoda Naggita added 11 points in a losing effort.

However, the usually reliable Maureen Amoding faced a challenging night, going 0-for-7 from beyond the three-point line.

Zainah Lokwameri, by her standards, had a share of struggles, committing five turnovers on a night she would undoubtedly want to forget.

Despite this setback, JT Lady Jaguars, who are competing in the top flight for the first time, will be determined to bounce back in Game Three on Sunday.

But they will feel that they squandered a valuable opportunity to level the series, and have dug themselves a deep abyss going into their do-or-die game three.

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