Joas Maheta (seated).
Wednesday, January 5
*UCU Canons Vs City Oilers – 7:30PM
(MTN Indoor Arena, Lugogo)
UCU Canons who trail the NBL Finals best of seven series 3-1, will go all out to put City Oilers’ crowning on ice this Wednesday.
After winning game one, UCU Canons have since lost the next three games to give Oilers an upper hand.
A win for Mandy Juruni’s Oilers on Wednesday, will see the club win their record seventh league championship in a row.
“We have to play our normal UCU game, but we have to be hard and play for one another,” said UCU captain Joas Maheta.
“We wanted to be in the finals in the beginning, we won game one and relaxed ever since. All these losses have been wake up calls.
“We are 3-1 down, but it’s not yet over. We have prepared very well and we are ready to fight from the start and the rest will take care of it’s self.”
It is Oilers’ championship to lose, but a rewind to 2015 final between these two sides suggest otherwise – It necessitated a game seven for Oilers to take the title.
David Deng Kongor (Dikong) who scored 16 points from 7-of-12 shooting from the field will be Nicholas Natuhereza’s banker.
The Mukono-based University will however need shooting guard Isaiah Mabeny Ateer to be at his best for the first time in these pulsating series.
The Oilers will once again rely on the tenacity of their only two available big men – James Okello and Landry Ndikumana – to fend off any form of resistance from the Canon City.
Okello will come into the game with renewed energy after he was named the sport’s best player in 2019 by Sports Journalists body USPA. JKL’s Hope Akello took the accolade in the women category.