The highs and lows at the 6th edition of Friday Night lights

The highs and lows at the 6th edition of Friday Night lights

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By Solomon Muleyi
 
The sixth edition of the Basketball, Friday Night Lights was off to a successful start yesterday at the YMCA basketball grounds in Wandegeya. And we think these are the reasons it was that colorful.
 
Great audience engagement
If there is one thing the organizers of FNL; Kinetic Management know how to do so well, it is luring sponsors into giving away freebies. Well, maybe not freebies per say, because the audience has to break a sweat for them but hey, where do you get 250k just for playing a primary school game of scramble for a chair. As is usually the case for the past seasons, the audience was thrilled. They were as responsive to the MC’s requests to participate in the games as a thirsty person would be for a cold beverage. Someone walked away with sh250,000 for winning a seating competition. Another one walked away with a whole, huge, very big, carton of drinking water (Rwenzori really? For showering? Brick laying? What was he going to do with a carton of water?).  Some teams won had cash prizes.
Fans compete in the Rwenzori seat-shooting challenge during the Friday Night Lights action at YMCA, March 4 2016. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
Fans compete in the Rwenzori seat-shooting challenge during the Friday Night Lights action at YMCA, March 4 2016. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
 
An ‘okay’ turn up
The turn up wasn’t the usual full to the brim but all the stands were full. And that’s okay for a start. And you wouldn’t blame them. Most of the FNL fans are students from Universities and some of them could be still at their parents’ homes in the villages because of the post-election violence.
The crowd
The crowd
 
Up notch entertainment
Amid the games were performances from dancers, Party Pipo Entertainment and dance hall sensation, Nutty Neithan. His dancers were energetic, and consequently took all the shine away from him. Especially the Ninja Duo that was as good at acrobatics as it was at dance-hall and rhyming fluidly all through their choreography.
Nutty Neithan and his crew entertain basketball fans  during the Friday Night Lights action at YMCA, March 4 2016. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
Nutty Neithan and his crew entertain basketball fans during the Friday Night Lights action at YMCA, March 4 2016. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
 
Colorful games
The games were colorful, but not as exciting as is usually expected. The flair was so elusive, you needed a microscope to catch a glimpse. It’s only captains; Suudi Ulanga and Joseph Ikong who managed to step up to the occasion. Suudi impressed with many fierce runs and dunks and NBA-esque cross overs that not only left the crowd in awe but also, their victim’s jaws on the floor. He had the most impressive three pointers the whole night. Maureen Amoding had a very sober day. She was in charge, clearly, and she orchestrated a number of formations that earned them the points that won the game. But she hadn’t carried her A-game with her. She looked tired. She was struggling. For the first time, her sizeable bosom looked like a burden she was laden with. The adroit effortlessness with which she usually dunks with was away, on a holiday somewhere in Kalangala. But she won her game anyway.
Team Amoding's Maureen Amoding (left) lays up past Team Ikong's Rukia Meeme  during the Friday Night Lights action at YMCA, March 4 2016. Koma won 57 - 56 Photo by Michael Nsubuga
Team Amoding’s Maureen Amoding (left) lays up past Team Ikong’s Rukia Meeme during the Friday Night Lights action at YMCA, March 4 2016. Koma won 57 – 56 Photo by Michael Nsubuga
Team Koma players receive cash from Kinetic's Cedric Babu during the Friday Night Lights action at YMCA, March 4 2016. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
Team Koma players receive cash from Kinetic’s Cedric Babu during the Friday Night Lights action at YMCA, March 4 2016. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
Results.
Team Enabu 72 Team Wazee 48
Team Kami 59 Team Otim 50
Team Koma 57 Team Blick 56
Team Amoding 61 Team Ikong 56
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