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City Oilers Advance to National Basketball League Finals

Six times National Basketball League Champions City Oilers on Friday stopped Warriors 69-63 to advance to finals.
Oilers James Okello Drivers past Warriors Chris Omanye and Stanley Mugerwa
Six times National Basketball League Champions City Oilers on Friday night stopped Warriors 69-63 to advance to the finals. James Okello scored 11 points, 14 rebounds and two assists while center, Jimmy Enabu and Landry Ndikumana each had 8 points for the Oilers.  

For the Warriors side, Saidi Amisi had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, while Stanley Mugerwa added 8 points. Oilers led the first quarter 11-8 and second quarter 14-11, while the Warrior’s side led in the third quarter 16-8 before trailing 16-8 in the fourth quarter.    

The Warriors side made several turnovers in the last two minutes while Oilers had a more efficient play to win the game 69-63. The win , 3-1 in the best of five series means City Oilers advance to the finals with  young team, the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Canons who have had an impressive regular and play offs game.   

Although the UCU side will be facing off with a tough Oilers team that is chasing its seventh NBL title, the Oilers team is lean as the progress to the finals with three of its Senior players Steven Omwony, Jonathan Egau and Nigeria Centre Francis Azolibe injured. 

The UCU side led by guard Fayed Baale and center David Kongor Deng stopped a more experienced Betway Power 3-1 in the best of 5 semi-finals. Meanwhile in the Ladies category, UCU Lady Canons also stopped Kampala Capital City Authority, KCCA Leopards 79-59 to proceed to the ladies finals. UCU led the series 3-1. 

They will be facing off with the defending champions Just Kip Living (JKL) Lady Dolphins who swept the Kampala International University (KIU) Rangers 3-0 in the best of five series. Betway Power and Warriors will battle it out for position three, while KCCA Leopards face KIU Rangers.