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NBL: City Oilers Overcome Betway Power To Get Off The Mark

Friday, April 12
Betway Power 66-69 City Oilers
(17-19, 16-14, 11-30, 22-16)

Women
KCCA Leopards 49-70 JKL Lady Dolphins

Weekend Fixture
Saturday
MUK Sparks Vs KIU Rangers
YMCA Lady Hamsters Vs UCU Lady Canons
UMU Ravens Vs A1 Challenge
Kampala University Vs KIU Titans
Falcons Vs Sharing Youth
KCCA Men Vs Warriors

Sunday
Angels Vs Nkumba Lady Marines
A1 Challenge Vs YMCA Lady Hamsters
Our Saviour Vs JKL Dolphins
Ndejje University Vs UCU Canons

City Oilers got off the mark with a 69-66 win over top rivals Betway Power in an epic National Basketball League encounter played at MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo.

The victory is a strong statement of intent for any team that will look to dethrone Oilers this season. The side managed to make a comeback victory over rivals Betway Power, doing so without their head coach Mandy Juruni who is on a weeks leave in the United States.

Ivan Muhwezi (left) receives player of the game accolades from FUBA President Nasser Sserunjogi (right). FUBA

Power surrendered a ten point lead at the break but could later give Oilers a big run for their money in a game that saw the lead exchange hands on various occasions.

Oilers were strong value for the result, with youngster Ivan Muhwezi scoring a team high 16 points before he was stretchered off after a collision with Syrus Kiviiri.

Syrus in action against Oilers. FUBA

Speaking of Kiviiri, the guard had a colourful debut for Power franchise, scoring a game high 17 points, despite ending on a losing side.

In an epic encounter, Oilers Nigerian import Francis Chisioke Ajolibe had a nightmare debut, fouling out inside the first stanza.

With records in shade, this might be City Oilers first victory in an opening fixture since joining top flight.

Game Stats – Top Performers

Most Points
Syrus Kiviiri (Power) – 17
Ivan Muhwezi (Oilers) – 16
Tony Drilleba (Oilers) – 15

Most Rebounds
Brian Sivachi (Power) – 9
Landry Ndikumana (Oilers) – 9
Philip Ameny (Power) and Muhwezi (Oilers) – 7

Most Assists
Jimmy Enabu (Oilers) – 4
Fahmy Ssebatindira (Power) – 4
Stephen Omony (Oilers) – 4

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