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NBL: We Want To Slow Them Down – James Okello On UCU

James Okello and City Oilers ready for UCU Canons.

Sunday, December 1
*Women: JKL Vs UCU – 4:30PM
*Men: UCU Vs City Oilers – 6:30PM

City Oilers’ centre cum power forward James Okello has said that they need to stick to their strategy if they are to beat UCU Canons in game three.

Oilers and UCU face off on Sunday at Lugogo with the series tied one all.

UCU won game one 67-59 and squandered a 12-point lead in game two as Oilers ran riot in the second half to square the series.

James Okello was the player of the game (2). Stone/FUBA

“We had to calm down, play together as a team; share the ball, take good quality shorts because evrytime we played bad offence and took bad short UCU was runing us down and that was to there strength,” said Okello.

“Defensively we just had to slow down the ball, stop them from running, be in front of there shorters and rebound as a team.”

Fayed Baale (left) tries to close down Oilers’ Ben Komakech. Stone/FUBA

Okello had a double of 23 points and 11 rebounds in a commanding performance. However, he had a slow start, making just four points in the first half before he flipped the switch to lift Oilers.

“As a team we have been having a slow start and personally the last game, I had a slow start and I went in to half time and thought about and I had to come back in the 2nd half to suport landry and be productive.

“Going in to game 3 we still want to stick to our strategy; play together, share the ball, take good shorts. defensively, we want to slow them down and play good defence on their shorts.”

David Deng Kongor ‘Dikong’ tries to find his way past Oilers’ guard Josh Johnson in game two at Lugogo on Friday. Stone/FUBA

Oilers were 42% from the field and shot 8-of-25 from the three point range in game two which they were out rebounded 44-45.

The big men Landry and Okello combined for 50 points and both of them played 35+ minutes on court as Oilers continue to struggle with depth in their front court.

“Its very tiresome (to play all minutes) but again do we have any choice? We just have to take good care of our bodies for quick recovery and make sure we always stay fresh and ready for the games.”

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