FUBA National Basketball League
City Oilers 67-60 Warriors
MTN Arena, Lugogo
LUGOGO – Oilers are back in business and closing in on another finals’ appearance.
On Tuesday night, the 6-time FUBA Ntional Basketball League defending champions defeated Warriors 67-60 in their semi final game three to take a 2-1 lead in the best of 5 semi final series.
It was a game that brought out some nerves from the Oilers’ camp and needed a brilliant third quarter to take care of Ronnie Mutebi’s side.
Going into the last 10 minutes holding a 1-point lead, Mandy Juruni’s side scored 22 points and restricted Warriors to just 16 to win the contest by 7.
Earlier, both sides were lucking in their offensive as they each managed just 8 first quarter points.
However, that would change in the second as Oilers threw down 21 points while Warriors managed 17 to see the defending champions take a four point lead into the long break.
In the third, Warriors would run out on top, winning it 21-16 and cut the deficit to just one.
Despite the good third quarter, Warriors came out short in the fourth to lose the game 67-60 and ensure that Oilers are just one win away to a 7th consecutive finals’ appearance.
For Oilers, James Okello was on song in the victory as he managed a double double of 19 points and 11 rebounds on the night. Tony Drileba (17) and Ben Komakech (11) were the others who registered double figures in terms of scoring while Landry Ndikuma was big on the boards, collecting a game high 18 rebounds.
Warriors on the other hand lost but had two players register double doubles on the night with Saidi Amisi managing a game high 26 points and 10 rebounds while Stanley Mugerwa scored 10 points and as many boards.
The biggest disappoint for Mutebi’s side was their bench which managed just 13 points.
In the other day’s game, UCU Lady Canons took a 2-1 lead in their Ladies division playoff semi final with KCCA Leopards thanks to a 77-71 victory.
Rose Akon was the star of the show as she registered another double double of 25 points and 13 rebounds.
On the other side, Martha Soigi was unfortunate to end up on the losing side after she threw down 25 points while shooting 11-16 from the field.