City Oilers Ease Past Rezlife To Extend Perfect Start

Wednesday, March 29 (Lugogo)
*Rezlife Saints 55-88 City Oilers
*UPDF Tomahawks 58-62 KCCA Panthers

Friday, March 31 (Lugogo)
*UCU Lady Canons Vs JT Lady Jaguars, 7pm
*Nam Blazers Vs UCU Canons, 9pm

City Oilers have continued their perfect stroll into the 2023 National Basketball League with a 88-55 blowout victory over Rezlife Saints in a game played at Lugogo.

The Oilers opened a 19-10 lead after the first quarter and were later 23-up at halftime.

The Saints never got back within touching distance, and as they have done against other teams, the Oilers eased through for their fourth win from as many games.

Fayed Bbaale, formerly at Rezlife while still in Division One before leaving for UCU Canons back in 2018, led the assault with 19 points and 5 assists.

Titus Lual was the player of the match with a double double of 18 points and 15 rebounds while Luak Ruai (12), Michael Ngut (11) and Jimmy Enabu (10) also scored in double digits.

Thok Timothy was 6-for-15 from the field, to collect a double double of 13 points and 11 rebounds but in a losing effort.

Michael Otieno and Benjamin Kawuma contributed 12 and 10 points, in that order, for the Lubowa-based Saints.

Daniel Najja Juuko’s side were out-rebounded 48-42, turned over the ball 30 times against Oilers’s 12 and missed 10 of their 12 three attempts on the night.

It was another training-of-sorts for the Oilers who earlier beat KIU Titans, Power and KCCA Panthers.

The Saints on the other hand, are yet to put their foot on the ground – They have lost three in as many after previous defeats against Power and KIU Titans.

In the other game, UPDF Tomahawks squandered a 14-point lead in their 58-62 defeat against KCCA Panthers.

The major highlight came in the closing stages of the game where players almost exchanged blows, resulting in ejections (sent-offs) for David Opolot (UPDF) and Martin Buluma (KCCA).

Arthur Wanyoto scored a game high 20 points but his effort on the night proved not enough as UPDF suffered their first loss of the season having opened the campaign with a 63-45 win over Kampala Rockets.

For the Panthers, new signing Salim Kisilu led the way with 15 points and 8 rebounds to help the side pick their first win of the season after defeats against City Oilers and Ndejje University Angels.



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