Wednesday, November 22
*JBC (Zimbabwe) 71-84 City Oilers (Uganda)
City Oilers mounted a thrilling late rally to defeat JBC of Zimbabwe in a nail-biting encounter during the ongoing Basketball Africa League Elite 16 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Trailing by two points with just three minutes remaining, Robinson Opong sparked an impressive turnaround with a crucial three-pointer, catalyzing a remarkable 15-0 scoring run to seal the victory.
The game was fiercely contested from the start, with JBC holding a narrow 22-20 lead after the first quarter, followed by an evenly matched halftime score of 45-45.
Parish Petty showcased his prowess by leading all scorers with an outstanding 29 points, shooting 8-of-20 from the field, including four successful three-pointers.
Titus Lual contributed 9 points and secured an impressive 13 rebounds, while Dane Miller and Germaine Roebuck added 14 and 12 points respectively for the Oilers.
JBC exhibited depth in scoring, boasting five players in double digits, notably Nyang Wek, who achieved a double-double by adding 13 rebounds to his 10 points.
This victory marks the second consecutive win for the Oilers, following their earlier 81-76 triumph over COSPN of Madagascar in the tournament opener on Tuesday.
With a semifinal berth almost assured, the Oilers are poised to battle for the top position in their group as they face Mozambique’s Ferroviario da Beira on Thursday.
The top three teams in this eight-team tournament will secure qualification for next year’s Basketball Africa League.