City Oilers Dominates Their Season Opener Against Power

Sunday, February 4
•Kampala University Ladies 49-59 Nabisunsa
•KIU Titans 73-53 Rockets
•UCU Lady Canons 91-50 YMCA Lady Hamstars
•Livingstone 53-57 KCCA Panthers
•City Oilers 73-38 D-mark Power


City Oilers marked their commencement of the 2024 NBL season with a commanding 73-38 triumph over Power, reaffirming their pursuit of a remarkable tenth consecutive league title.

In a notable development, this victory also marked the Oilers’ first game without head coach Mande Juruni, who recently joined Rwanda’s newly promoted Keplar University.

Despite the coaching change, Andrew Tendo’s side displayed no signs of unease as they breezed past Power, their sole top-flight rival with previous league title(s) to their name.

Both teams missed the opening week, yet it was Power who struggled with rustiness after a competitive first quarter that saw the Oilers narrowly leading 20-16.

However, Power’s offensive prowess dwindled significantly, managing only 22 points in the subsequent three quarters combined (4, 12, and 6), resulting in a resounding 35-point defeat.

The Oilers were led by impressive performances from James Okello (18 points), Ivan Muhwezi (17 points), Fayed Baale (13 points) and Titus Lual (12 rebounds).

In contrast, Power’s offensive struggles were evident, with Samad Imran being the lone player in double digits (18 points).

Power’s limited bench depth, with only three substitutes contributing a mere 4 points, added to their challenges on the court.

City Oilers’ dominant start sets the stage for an intriguing season as they aim for yet another league title, while Power faces the task of regrouping after a tough opening match.

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