19 October 2015

UGANDA : Oilers target summit as race for playoff spots heats up

Samuel Kalwanyi (right) of City Oil blocks Steven Mwesige of Our Saviour during the showdown on Friday. PHOTO by Ismail Kezaala  
By Elvis Senono

Kampala. With ninth placed Sharing Youth and 10th placed Charging Rhino unable to leapfrog any side from the top eight, the teams that will feature in the playoffs are already known.
But going into the final week of regular season games, none of those four quarter final match ups has yet to be confirmed. A major reason for this were the Friday evening games that saw Ndejje University Angels throw a spanner in the works following their impressive 72-64 win over the KIU Titans in the late game at YMCA.
Jonah Otim top scored with 21 points while Michael Othieno dropped 20 for Ndejje who never trailed again after the first quarter. That consequently lifted the university side four places into fourth with an 11-10 record as they prepare to conclude their regular season games this evening against City Oilers at YMCA.
The Angels share that record with three other teams including Warriors, Falcons and Our Saviour.
The Oilers meanwhile, in their first game since returning from the Fiba Africa Zone V tournament in Kigali improved to 17-3 following their dramatic 80-79 last gasp win over Our Saviour. They however remain behind KIU and the top seeded UCU Canons who they meet in their final game this Friday.
Airtel National Basketball League
Friday results
Ndejje 72-64 KIU
Oilers 80-79 Our Saviour
Today’s games
Gladiators vs. Amazon Rhino
KIU Rangers vs. Nkumba Lady Marines
A1 Challenge vs Magic Stormers
Charging Rhino vs. Tiger Head Power
Ndejje Angels vs. City Oilers

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