NBL Finals: No Room For Error for Nam Blazers

Sunday, October 9
*UCU Lady Canons Vs JKL Lady Dolphins – 4pm (2-3)
*City Oilers Vs Nam Blazers – 6pm (3-2)


Nam Blazers will go all out to tie their NBL Finals series against City Oilers when the two sides meet on Sunday for game six.

The Blazers needed Overtime to force game six with a 70-65 victory on Friday in an eventful affair.

But an Oilers win on Sunday will be rewarded with the club’s eighth league title in a row!

Ariel Okall who top scored for Blazers with 19 points and 16 rebounds, is well aware of the task ahead.

“The job is not done yet, we are still down so we just have to dig deep, we have to come here on Sunday and do what we have to do. We have to respond again and again,” Okall said.

The Blazers who erased a 13-point deficit, were later on course for a win before Ben Komakech sunk in a clutch three-pointer to send the game into Overtime.

“We stayed calm, we knew what we wanted,” Okall reflects.

“Now going into game six, we have to play with a little bit more urgency, and be aggressive at the end of the floor.”

City Oilers have the simpler task, but will have to do it without National team captain Jimmy Enabu who also did not play on Friday after picking an injury on Wednesday.

Oilers coach Mande Juruni confirmed; “Jimmy (Enabu) is out of the series, but I still believe that we have enough players who can do the job.”

But a couple of their stars must step up if Oilers are to win the title in six, after Tonny Drilleba, James Okello and Luak Ruai combining for 12 points only.

“We fell short on effort and defence,” Juruni commented on Game Five loss.

“We are still in control of the series, our guys need to be in control of the series and be calm.

“We didn’t play as a team, we didn’t share the ball well. Our defence was lacking a lot. These are things that are correctable.

“Obviously the Blazers had only one life and had to play with a lot of effort, kudos to them, they pulled this one and we just have to forget it and focus on the next one.”

In the other final, UCU Lady Canons will be hoping to force a decider against JKL Lady Dolphins.

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