04 July 2014
UGANDA : City Oilers eager to test Falcons’ title credentials
KAMPALA- An intriguing encounter is anticipated today when City Oilers and Krishna Falcons face off in the Airtel National Basketball League.
Oilers, the current champions, come into this game as the form side in the league having racked up six consecutive victories since the 77-72 loss to UCU Canons.
Six-time champions Falcons meanwhile, are atop the league log having won seven of their eight games in what has been an equally consistent start to the season. Key to Falcons fast start has been a solid back court that has had Syrus Kiviiri and Martin Kelly excel for Sam Obol’s side.
Veteran Steve Omony has also been vital with the forward averaging 16 points in his last three games.
Falcons’ cause for worry though, will be the fact that Oilers, despite not hitting top gear were able to dispatch Riham Warriors 66-49 last Friday.
On Wednesday, another David versus Goliath scenarios was played out as five-time champions Tiger Head Power fell 70-64 to Charging Rhinos in front of an average crowd at YMCA. “We did not play well but showed more desire which just helped us over the line,” Rhino’s coach Hamza Nyambogo said after the game.
With the first quarter ending 12 apiece, the next two quarters were split between the two sides with Rhino edging the fourth 23-19.
Peter Lubega’s 18 points coupled with Allan Kobel’s 14 helped the underdogs outlast Power which had guard Paul Odong score a game high 22 points.
TOAY AT YMCADiamonds vs. Sharing, 6.30pm
City Oilers vs. Falcons, 8.30pm
Vegetarian 44-89 KIU
Rhino 70-64 Power