UCU Canons face Oilers at Lugogo. Courtesy photo
Saturday January 19
*UCU Canons Vs City Oilers
(Series tied 3-3)
City Oilers and UCU Canons will clash in the NBL finals game seven this Sunday at Lugogo in what promises to be a pulsating affair.
City Oilers have not lost a top flight series in the club’s history and the Canons are standing on brink of history.
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Speaking about history, the Oilers who are tied on joint high six titles with Falcons, will be seeking for a record seventh title.
Much at stake!
The Oilers have won the last six titles since joining top flight in 2013 while this is UCU’s second final in history having lost to Oilers in a thrilling game seven in 2015.
It remains to be known if Oilers’ guard Tonny Drilleba will be fit to play after limping off in game six loss on Friday.
Mandy Juruni’s side will continue to rely on their only two remaining big men James Okello and Landry Ndikumana and how the coach times his rotations, will be key.
The Canons will need a strong supporting cast to beef up a formidable starting five of Fayed Baale, Isaiah Mabeny Ateer, David Deng Kongor, Titus Lual and Fadhil Chuma.
Ateer has been a cat in the playoffs if we are to compare with his tiger performance in the regular season and this collapse has been partly due to his injured arm.
Coach Natuhereza, marking his tenth year (season) at the Mukono based University, will be hoping to make it count.
UCU ended the regular season as top seedings with 19-3 record with Oilers coming second having won 19 and lost three games as well.
Canons beat KCCA Men in the quarters before eliminating Betway Power in the semis while Oilers knocked out Ndejje and Warriors in that order.