The Ndejje Hoppers capitalized on their home advantage and showcased their impressive strength by securing a dominant victory by nine (39-30) over Police HC, demonstrating their determination to defend the league title.
Entering the match, Ndejje held the top spot in the league, having secured four points from two games while Police HC had slipped to the third spot following their defeat to UPDF in game week five.
With both teams having secured four points, the clash took on added significance as the Hoppers, having played one game less than their opponents, aimed to maintain their advantage.
Additionally, the pressure being mounted by the in-form UPDF intensified the stakes for both teams but more for the defending champions who currently sit uncomfortably at the top.
Right from the throw-off, Ndejje showcased their intent, quickly scoring the first point of the match.
Daniel Bongomin utilized a first break opportunity to increase their lead, executing a jump shot from outside the D and causing Police to struggle in their attempts to regain stability.
Ndejje’s defense proved impenetrable, and with 16 minutes remaining in the first half, they had built an impressive nine-point advantage.
The first half concluded with Ndejje comfortably leading 20-11, firmly establishing their dominance over the Cops in Navy blue.
However, the second half witnessed a resurgence from the visitors coached by Frank Ssemujju who later -in an exclusive- revealed reasons for the team’s sudden slump that has seen them register two losses in a row.
Police managed to chip away at Ndejje’s lead, reducing the deficit to just six points within 15 minutes of the second half.
In need of a strategic reevaluation, Ndejje Head Coach Henry Achidri made the decision to call for a time out, allowing the team to regroup and refocus.
Emerging from the break with renewed energy, Ndejje displayed a revitalized performance, highlighted by Denis Okwer’s impressive strike from the right flank, which significantly widened their lead.
Despite Ndejje restoring their nine-point lead with seven minutes left on the clock, Police exhibited admirable resilience by reorganizing their strategy.
Abdul Salam and Isma Kisalita demonstrated their mettle by rising to the occasion, ensuring that their team remained competitive and within reach of a potential comeback but in vain.
Meanwhile, MAK Bulls emerged victorious with a 31-25 win over Uzalendo, UPDF secured a win by four (28-24) against Kyambogo University at the Bombo grounds,and Prisons won by 20 (45-25) against Evergreen at the Ndejje court.
In their next fixture, Kyambogo play both Ndejje and Prisons on Saturday and Sunday respectively.