Friday, September 8
•UCU Lady Canons Vs KIU Rangers, 7pm
•UCU Canons Vs City Oilers, 9pm
UCU Canons will hope to survive relegation when they face giants City Oilers in the National Basketball League on Friday at Lugogo.
Shockingly, the Canons will be relegated if they lose their two remaining against Oilers and KCCA Panthers (Sunday).
However, they just need to win one of the two fixtures to stay up.
City Oilers is the tougher of the two fixtures, but the Canons are not taking any chances either.
Rezlife Saints have already been relegated, and one of UPDF Tomahawks or UCU Canons will be occupying the final relegation slot.
UPDF (7-15) completed their games, as the side finished with 29 points.
UCU Canons (9-9) are on 27 points. With a loss coming with a point, the Mukono-based side will tie level on 29 points with UPDF if they lose both games.
But UPDF beat UCU in both games the two sides faced off in the regular season.
UCU Canons, who started the season as one of the title contenders, find themselves in this relegation mess after a walkover against Power.
Then, UCU Canons had their game against Power not played due to colour clash, and such a forfeiture means that the team doesn’t only earn zero point but also lose the first round tie automatically.
UCU Canons have had a rough patch recently, managing just one win (against JKL Dolphins) in their last five games.
They come into this game off the back of a 78-85 loss against newcomers Kampala Rockets!
Coach Nicholas Natuhereza’s charges lost to City Oilers 87-64 on April 7 in the first round.
It’s strong to note that winning both their last two games will come with a slot in the playoffs for UCU Canons.
City Oilers on the other hand, are playing their last game of the regular season, and even a loss cannot displace the side from top position.
They have won 20 and lost only once, against Ndejje Angels, a result that was later upheld after Ndejje had reportedly used an ineligible player.
Fayed Baale and Titus Lual, who have been two of Coty Oilers best players this season, will be facing their former side.