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Titans, Oilers, Power; all in action as NBL returns

KIU Titans defeated UPDF 102-52 in the University side’s last game (File Photo)

FUBA National Basketball League

YMCA Courts, Wandegeya

Friday, 03-08-2018

-JKL Dolphins vs BetWay Power @06:00pm

-KIU Titans vs City Oilers @08:00pm

WANDEGEYA – The FUBA National Basketball League (NBL) returns on Friday evening with two games in the Men’s division.

Last year’s finalist KIU Titans and City Oilers will face off in the late kick off of the day with second spot high on the agenda.

This will be the second meeting between the two sides after Oilers swept the Kansanga based side in the play-off finals on route to lifting a fifth consecutive crown early this year.

“It is always a difficult game whenever you come up against KIU, said Oilers’ star player and National team captain, Stephen Omony.

“We lost to them in the first round and we will be hoping to make amends on Friday evening. But like i said, it will be difficult as they possess a lot of quality.

KIU defeated Oilers 72-57 in the first round game played at the MTN Arena on the 1st of June, and it was the University side’s first win against the defending champions in the last six meetings.

KIU will go into the game high on confidence as they have won all their last five games in the league, including a 102-52 victory over UPDF Tomahawks in their last outing.

The last time they lost a league game was at the start of last month when they went down 78-81 to ‘giant slayers’, Ndejje Angels.

For Oilers, they are the most inform team in the division at the moment, having won all of their last eight games in the league.

Coincidentally, their last loss too came at the hands of Ndejje on the 15th of June.

With both teams having played the same number of games (17), Oilers seat second on the 12 team log with a 14-03 record while the Titans are third having won 13 and lost four of their matches so far.

The early tip-off will see leaders BetWay Power in action against JKL Dolphins who seat fourth on the log.

Power took the honors in the first game thanks to a 82-60 victory over their opponents on Friday.

The BetWay bankrolled side will be targeting a third successive victory after overcoming Charging Rhinos and Ndejje in their last two league games.

For JKL, they will be hoping to bounce back from their 44-53 shocking defeat to UCU Canons in their last match.

In the Women’s division on Thursday evening, KCCA Leopards edged out KIU Rangers 54-51 at the same venue.

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