Wednesday, December 18
*City Oilers 87-92 Ferroviario De Maputo
*JKT Vs GNBC – 4:30PM
*Cobra Vs KPA – 6:30PM
*UNZA Vs Patriots – 9PM

Thursday, December 19
*Cobra Vs City Oilers

City Oilers edged the second half but were punished for their slow start by Mozambique’s Ferroviario Maputo on match-day two of the 2020 BAL Qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda.

Maputo ran riot at the start, making an opening 12-0 run in the opening quarter and set the tone for their 92-87 win.

It took a Jordin Mayes’ freethrow for Mandy Juruni’s troops to make their first basket, ending a barren opening spell of 4 minute and 33 seconds.

City Oilers will return to action against Cobra. FIBA photo

Oilers shot 37% from the field in the first half to trail 37-46 but closed the game and led at various occasions in the subsequent two quarters before Maputo broke away and held on to their laboured win in a game that could have gone either way down the stretch.

Mayes scored 27 points from 8-of-13 shooting from the field, while Robinson Opong and Ivan Lumanyika added 18 and 12 points in a losing effort.

Alvaro Calvo Masa led the way with a game high 32 points and Helton Ubisse contributed 21 for Maputo who also had two other players – David Canivete (15) and Baggio Chimonzo (14) – score in double figures.

Oilers, who got a walkover against Kenya’s KPA, will have to beat South Sudan’s Cobra on Thursday to confirm their place in the semis.


Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.

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