Basketball Africa League Qualifiers: City Oilers Advance To Elite 16

Sunday, October 30
*Urunani (Burundi) 72-53 Matero Magic (Zambia)
*ABC (Tanzania) 63-71 City Oilers (Uganda)

Road To BAL Group C Table (Wins – Losses)

  1. Urunani 3-0
  2. City Oilers 2-1
  3. ABC 1-2
  4. Matero Magic 0-3

Uganda’s continental representatives City Oilers beat Tanzanian side Army Basketball Club (ABC) to progress to the Elite 16 of the Basketball Africa League qualifiers.

The Oilers, in a Do-or-Die match, edged the Tanzanian hosts 71-63 in a closely contested affair on Sunday at the Benjamin Mkapa indoor arena in Dar es Salaam.

The result took Oilers to two wins in three games and finish second in the group to join Burundi’s Urunani to the next phase of qualifiers.

The Elite 16, which is the last round of Qualifiers, will be played in Cape Town, South Africa due November 22-27.

City Oilers used 9 players at this Road to BAL in Dar. (FIBA photos)

Oilers started their Road to BAL campaign with an easy 90-54 win over Matero Magic of Zambia on Friday.

But they were pegged back by a defeat against Burundi’s Urunani who won the contest 64-58, in a game which they faced off with familiar faces in their former player Landry Ndikumana and former KIU Titans guard Michael Bwanga.

And on Sunday, they had to beat ABC to secure the remaining second slot to Elite 16.

Oilers beat ABC

Mande Juruni’s side looked to be on course after taking the first quarter 27-20 but the hosts slowly came back into the contest and were down by just two points heading into the long break.

Oilers led by just a point after the third quarter and trailed by five points at one stage in the fourth.

But the eight-time NBL winners showed grit and Tonny Drilleba drilled in a three to see Oilers regain their lead, before the side held on for a needed win.

Germaine Roebuck, one of City Oilers two new additions, led the way with a joint-game high 31 points, adding six rebounds and seven steals.

James Okello in action against Urunani on Saturday

Oilers are in Group F of the Elite 16, where they will face Cape Town (hosts), Ferroviario da Beira (Mozambique), Cobra Sport (South Sudan), Urunani (Burundi), COSPN (Madagascar), KPA (Kenya) and NBA Academy Africa.

The Oilers will be targeting a place in top three of this Group F to secure a ticket to the lucrative Basketball Africa League for the first time.

Oilers have failed to qualify for the two editions of BAL, but have reached this stage of Elite 16 including pulling out last year due to Omicron Virus in South Africa where the Elite 16 was also hosted.



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