Tuesday, May 2
•City Oilers (Uganda) Vs SLAC (Guinea), 5pm
•Cape Town (South Africa) Vs Al Ahly (Egypt), 9:30pm
City Oilers will be seeking their first win at the ongoing Basketball Africa League when they take on SLAC from Guinea on Tuesday.
The Oilers have lost their opening two games against Petro de Luanda and hosts Al Ahly.
Against hosts Al Ahly, Oilers however left the court with mixed feelings – They trailed by as many as 33 points but after an incredible comeback, they fluffed a chance to win it on the last play of the game.
Oilers coach Mande Juruni is happy with the team’s performance so far and he remains confident that his side will make amends.
“These two games have really showed us who we are, so many positives and obviously the things we should do better,” Juruni said.
“I am very confident that the guys are going to adjust and play better basketball.
We knew we had two (opening) tough games looking at the history of the sides.
“We are confident and happy with what we have displayed. If we keep playing with the way we have been playing we give ourselves a chance to win a game. Almost doesn’t count. Our target is to play well and give ourselves a chance to win it.”
Juruni said that they have done “correctable” mistakes and they have to be more efficient, shoot the ball better.
“This come off ball movement, and spacing, there are some players I have talked to one on one to be more productive, we need everyone to be productive. We are confident about ourselves.”
Against Al Ahly, the bench produced just 11 points while Starter Ngor William Barnaba had zero points and two rebounds!
Germaine Roebuck led the way with 28 points, Falando Jones and James Justice had 15 and 11 points in that order.
Against SLAC from Guinea, they face a side that has also lost their two opening games against Cape Town (68-75) and CFV Beira (109-97)