Old Boys Return To Haunt City Oilers In KIU Loss

 

Friday, July 8
•JKL Lady Dolphins 76-53 KCCA Leopards
•KIU Titans 75-68 City Oilers

KIU Titans put up an outstanding performance to stun City Oilers 75-68 in a National Basketball League encounter played on Friday at the Indoor Arena in Lugogo.

Former Oilers players Fidel Okoth (15) and Joseph Chuma (16) combined for 31 points, the latter adding 12 rebounds to complete a double double.

Isaiah Mabeny Ater had 16 points and 4 assists, as the former UCU Canons guard shot 4-for-8 from three to put together his best performance since joining KIU in the recently concluded transfer window.

Jimmy Enabu laid up to give Oilers a one-point lead, 66-67, with less than four minutes on the clock, but the seven-time champions went cold thereafter, to score just one point against KIU’s 9 down the stretch.

Fidel put up a good defence on Francis Azolibe, limiting the Nigerian to just 4 points on 2-of-6 shooting.

Francis Azolibe

Azolibe who managed 11 rebounds, failed to get enough support from his teammates below the paint, with injured James Okello playing only 11 minutes through pain.

It’s a result City Oilers will want to forget easily, and will read nothing from it as they played under their strength given the absence of Tonny Drilleba and Ivan Lumanyika.

Enabu scored a game high 20 points while Ivan Muhwezi (15) was the other Oilers player to score in double figures.

Lumanyika’s absence saw Oilers out-rebounded 46-50, and without Drilleba, Mande Juruni’s side shot an ugly 5-of-28 from outside the three-point arc.

KIU Titans’ Henry Okoth. Viva Osuna photos

Edgar Munaaba had 10 points and 13 rebounds, Henry Okoth added 11 points while Michael Otieno filled the stat-sheet with 7 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists to supplement efforts from Fidel, Chuma and Ater.

It’s the third loss for Oilers who had earlier lost to Namuwongo Blazers and UCU Canons, while it’s the 10th win for KIU in 18 matches this season.

In the first game, Hope Akello (19pts, 14rbs) and Taudencia Oluoch (16pts, 14rbs) scored a double double while Flavia Oketcho and Brenda Ekone added 15 and 10 points respectively as JKL proved too good against KCCA Leopards to remain unbeaten in the Women division.

The National Basketball League Saturday fixtures were postponed because of Eid celebrations, with action returning to Lugogo on Sunday.

Sunday, July 9
•Miracle Vs Nabisunsa – 10am
•A1 Challenge Vs Angels – 12pm
•Falcons Vs City Oilers – 2pm
•UPDF Tomahawks Vs Ndejje University Angels – 4pm
•JKL Dolphins Vs KIU Titans – 6pm

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