Saturday, November 26
•Urunani (Burundi) 62-68 Ferroviario Beira (Mozambique)
•City Oilers (Uganda) 69-75 Cape Town Tigers (South Africa)
Sunday, November 27
•3rd Place: Urunani Vs City Oilers, 3:30pm
•Final: Beira Vs Cape Town Tigers, 5pm
City Oilers will face Burundi’s Urunani on Sunday in a do-or-die fixture to determine the last ticket for the 2023 Basketball Africa League final tournament.
Both East African sides lost their respective semifinals fixtures on Saturday, and have a chance to redeem themselves.
Oilers lost to hosts Cape Town Tigers 69-75 in a closely contested Elite 16 Division East semifinal while Urunani were beaten by Madagascar’s Ferroviario Beira.
Oilers trailed the game until the fourth quarter and were on course for a win when they led 67-63 with 03:52 on the clock.
But Deng Dhieu starred with two back-to-back threes down the stretch to hand the Tigers a 72-69 lead before dunking in the last minute for the icing on the cake.
Oilers were hard done missed free throws, after shooting 3-of-11 from the line.
Falando Jones was on fire, scoring 40 points (more than half of the team) but the rest of the players failed to show up as expected.
Only Ngor Barnaba (10) was the other Oilers player to reach double figures while Germaine Roeburg had 6, Uche Nnamdi and Titus Lual had 4 each, James Okello and Jimmy Enabu combined for five points.
Deng (24), Evans Ganapamo (22) and Daniel Pieter (11) contributed immensely for the Tigers who booked a ticket to BAL due next year.