FUBA National Basketball League
UCU Canons 67-59 City Oilers
MTN Arena, Lugogo
Fadhili Chuma was once again the star of the show as UCU Canons defeated City Oilers 67-59 in game one of the FUBA National Basketball League on Wednesday night.
The Canons captain who played 38 minutes on the night, registered a double double of 11 points and 15 rebounds despite shooting 5-13 from the field.
He was one of four UCU players to manage double figures in terms of scoring in the winning effort with Titus Lual posting 15, Fayed Bale 14 and Isaiah Ater 12.
It was a game that saw UCU start well and come up with a game-defining third quarter en route to victory.
The Canons opened the scoring with a Lual three-pointer off a jump shot and by the end of the first quarter, they led by three (12-09).
In the second, Oilers would come in stronger and take it 19-18 to ensure they trailed by just two going into the long break.
However, it was in the third that UCU literally won the contest. The Mukono based side scored 21 points and restricted Oilers to 15 to ensure they took an eight-point lead into the last 10 minutes of the contest.
The advantage would be maintained in the fourth as either side threw-down 16 points to see UCU win the game 67-59.
This was UCU’s second victory over Oilers this season, having defeated the record six-time champions once in the two regular-season contests.
Oilers who struggled from distance all night, shooting 23-86 from the field, had a disappointing display from their bench. The substitutes managed just 10 points all night.
Like he has been throughout the post-season, James Okello was once again in good form as he managed a game-high 17 points to go with his 9 rebounds on the night.
Tony Drileba (15) and Landry Ndikumana (10) were the other Oilers who managed double figures in terms of scoring in the losing effort.
The two sides will face off in game two on Friday night at the same venue.