Wednesday, November 27
*JKL Lady Dolphins Vs UCU Lady Canons – 6:30PM
*City Oilers Vs UCU Canons – 8:30PM
City Oilers face UCU Canons in game one of the best of seven of the 2019 NBL final series at Indoor Arena in Lugogo.
This, is a repeat of the 2015 finals when Oilers needed game seven to clinch their third straight title from as many attempts.
Currently, Mandy Juruni’s side has won six league championships, tied with Falcons – and will be going for their record seventh.
In 2015, Oilers led 2-0 and were on course for victory before Nicholas Natuhereza’s exciting team levelled the series 3-3 to force a decider at YMCA.
The Canons led 20-12 after the first quarter but their lead was slimmed to 26-25 at the long break before Oilers held on to win a nail biting game seven. Kami Kabange led the way with 18 points while Ben Komakech and Jeff Omondi managed 13 each.
UCU pushed Oilers to the wall, and its that 2015 final when Oilers have come closest to losing a series!
City Oilers – Jimmy Enabu, Daniel ‘Najja’ Juuko, Kami Kabange, Jonah Otim, James Okello, Tony Drilleba, Ben Komakech, Kami Kabange, Samuel Kalwanyi, Geoffrey Omondi, Andrew ‘Mabenz’ Opio.
UCU Canons – Stephen Wundi, Brian Namake, Desmond Owili, Innocent Odur, Jonathan Egau, Yahya Kalyesubula, Joseph Wacha, Wal Madol, Sunday Okot, Desmond Owili, Ivan Lumanyika, Patrick Habiyaremye, Francis Ogola, Martin Okwako, Sunday ‘Pipen’ Okot, Boniface Okello, Joseph Chuma.
The Oilers will seek to exorcise past demons when they face a young and athletic UCU Canons.
Jimmy Enabu’s availability has no guarantee, Francis Azolibe is ruled out until next year while Stephen Omony and Jonathan Egau are still sidelined.
This, is by far City Oilers’ weakest team of all the past six and the stage is well set for the Canons to write themselves in the history books.
The Canons – with a possible starting five of Fayed Baale, Joas Maheta, Fadhil Chuma, Titus Lual and David Deng Kongor – bundled out five time winners Betway Power but will need to triple their efforts if they are to defy odds against Oilers.
The Oilers will be struggling with size: Only Landry Ndikumana and James Okello are the recognized big men on the team – but the team has always managed to negotiate themselves through all sorts of danger.
UCU’s ability to overcome their shooting blues may determine their ceiling and coach will hope the best from his shooting armoury of Isaiah Mabeny Ateer, Jerry Kayanga and Peter Sifuma to come off the bench and execute as required.
Toss the jump ball!