Wednesday, October 16
*City Oilers ?? 71-57 Dynamo ??
*JKT ?? 87-47 Hawassa ??
Thursday, October 17
*Dynamo ?? Vs Patriots ??
*Hawassa ?? Vs City Oilers ?? – 8PM
Burundian Landry Ndikumana was in starring role as City Oilers got off the mark in the Basketball Africa League qualifiers.
City Oilers, trailing 13-14 after the first quarter against the Burundian club, bounced back to lead 38-31 at the long break before registering a deserved 71-57 win in Dar Es Salam, Tanzania.
Oilers big man Landry, facing a club from his country, led the way with a double double of 18 points and 11 rebounds while Robinson Odoch Opong (13 points) was the other player to score in double figures for the six time back to back NBL champions.
James Okello and Nigerian import Francis Chisioke Azolibe garnered nine points each while Jordin Mayes and Tonny Drilleba scored eight and seven points respectively.
Bienvenu Ndikurio had a game high 19 points and Regis Musoda added 15 in a losing effort for the Burundians.
“It’s very important to win our first game, its always tricky, there are always a lot of nerves not knowing the other team, the game tends to be tough but am happy that we have won it,” said City Oilers coach Mandy Juruni.
“We didn’t know our opponents, we hadn’t seen any Burundi team playing for a long time but basing on the history, we had scouted pretty well. We used our size, we were bigger than our opponents so we found the way getting into our ‘bigs’ and they made the job for us.
“We just have to continue playing better, rectify our mistakes, continue doing the things we were doing pretty well, otherwise am looking forward for the next game.”
Hosts JKT obliterated Ethiopian outfits Hawassa 87-47 in the last game of the day.
Oilers return to action on Thursday against Hawassa City before facing JKT and Rwanda’s Patriots on Friday and Sunday respectively.