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FUBA NBL: KIU, City Oilers clash

Oilers defeated KIU 83-79 when the two sides met in the first round.

FUBA National Basketball League 2019

Friday, 14-06-2019

MTN Arena, Lugogo

-KCCA Leopards vs A1 Challenge (Women)

-KIU Titans vs City Oilers (Men)

LUOGO – The FUBA National Basketball League returns on Friday evening with two games at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.

In the Men division, KIU Titans will renew their rivalry with 6 time defending champions City Oilers at 8:30pm.

The two sides have in the past produced magnificent games whenever they clash.

Oilers defeated the Titans in the playoffs final en route to their 2017 crown and ever since, KIU approach  games between the two with revenge on their minds.

Oilers defeated KIU in the 2017 finals.

Despite losing Chris Omany to Warriors at the start of this season, KIU has remained a strong side and currently boost the same record (8-3), as City Oilers.

On the back of 5 consecutive wins, KIU will go into the game with confidence.

The Kansanga based side last tasted defeat on May 3rd, when they lost 62-73 to rampant Warriors.

However, they will need to be on their guard against the League’s best team, if they are to avoid a second loss to City Oilers this season.

When the two teams met earlier in the season, Oilers ran out 83-79 winners, on April 28th.

For Oilers, they have had a slow start to the current season as per their standards.

Mandy Juruni’s side comes into Friday’s game with three losses already. They lost 82-90 to UCU Canons, 66-68 to Warriors and 66-67 to JKL Dolphins.

However, at those three losses, Oilers have gone on to win all of their last four games and are once again starting to look like the side that they have been for the last six years.

Currently, Oilers and KIU sit 6th and 5th respectively on the League log. This is both sides’ first second round game.

In the Women category, out of form A1 Challenge takes on inconsistent KCCA Leopards.

A1 come into the game having lost all of their last two games in the FUBA NBL, including a 58-73 loss to Angles BC in their opening second round game.

For KCCA, they have proved to be a tough side but have also exhibited inconsistency throughout the campaign.

The 64-55 victory over KIU Rangers last Sunday was KCCA’s bounce back victory following a loss to UCU Lady Canons 6 days prior.

Gaining momentum and putting up a reseonable string of victories has been an issue for KCCA but they will go into Friday’s game as favorites.

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