Friday, October 14
•JKL Lady Dolphins Vs UCU Lady Canons – 7pm
•Nam Blazers Vs City Oilers – 9pm
City Oilers will have their invincibility on the line when they face off with Nam Blazers in a pulsating game seven of the National Basketball League Finals.
Ivan Lumanyika picked an injury earlier and was ruled out of the playoffs from the start, and the club brought in Moses Maker (South Sudan) to fill the void, and to some extent, he has complimented well with the other two bigs Francis Azolibe and James Okello.
Luak Ruai who has a pending deal abroad, was initially prohibited by his new team to play locally again but Oilers have since brought him in action to save their season.
Since game one, Oilers have lacked consistence from their top performers including Okello and Tonny Drilleba, but come into game seven, there will be no room for error.
They have and must share the ball throughout to create open shots, as they have done in the past when they passed teams into submission.
Anything else, a shocker is in the offing.
The Buoyant Blazers Aiming at ‘Removing a Dictator’
Having topped the regular season charts, Nam Blazers were to settle for nothing less than a trip to the final.
And now that they are here and have forced a decisive game 7, all focus will be on winning the title on first attempt.
The Blazers were promoted in 2019 alongside UPDF Tomahawks but the season was later halted due to COVID-19, and this year is their first full season in top flight.
Winning it on first attempt, the Blazers will have written their own history.
They have all the armoury needed to go an extra mile, and having forced the decider from 3-1 down, momentum has swung in their won favour.
Hailing from Namuwongo, the Blazers fans have taken the league by storm on and off the court (social media).
And their slogan ‘We are removing a dictator’ has driven them to these heights to a certain extent.
Their fans, including those who are watching the game for the first time, are passionate and aggressive and are expected to fill the arena to be part of what promises to be a historical day.
Coach Stephen ‘Esco’ Nyeko, also managing in the league for the very first time, has slowly by slowly proved critics wrong, but whether he can steer this stacked team against a beast in Oilers, remains to be seen.
This game has a couple of subplots, but the big one will be between Blazers’ Amisi ‘Carmelo’ Saidi and Francis Azolibe (Oilers), and whoever edges this one, might determine his team’s ceiling.
In game six, both players were ejected out of the game after a heated exchange and game seven promises to be renewal of acquaintances.
The Blazers first five have delivered the goods but it’s the role players like Collins Kasujja who must show up with a steal here and there for example, if they are to deliver that final knockout punch.
Probable Starting Fives
Nam Blazers – Chris Omanye, Paul Odong, David Dikong, Amisi Saidi, Ariel Okall,
City Oilers – Ben Komakech, Tonny Drilleba, Luak Ruai, Francis Azolibe, James Okello