Oilers leave Cairo with lesson learnt and experience gathered – Stanley Ocitti

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City Oilers’ power forward Stanley Ocitti (L) dribbles past an opponent from BEAC basketball Club (Cameroon) at the 2016 FIBA Africa Champions Cup in Cairo

One of the things that have set City Oilers Basketball Club apart from the rest domestically is their desire to go places and ability to work towards that.

The three time National Basketball League (NBL) champions have just completed a fruitless mission at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup from the outside, finishing ninth out of team teams.

But the lessons learnt and experience garnered along the way by the Zone V reigning champions is immense according to big man, Stanley Ocitti.

The experience was really good at both the Zone V and Egypt, and it’s a learning experience really, because I feel that in order for us to get to that next level, we have to go through this process.

The US based forward told Kawowo Sports on Thursday, a day after the 2016 Zone V Champions had defeated Nzui-Manto from Cameroon 88-69 to finish ninth overall.

Ocitti accentuated that Oilers are on the right path if they are to compete with the big guns on the continent

Because every successful team at this level started out where we started out, they came to this this level not to necessarily compete but to learn, went back home and restructured on how to go about these tournaments

The Ugandan international played an integral part in the paint for Oilers alongside two time NBL MVP Kami Kabangu and double Zone V winner and MVP Laundry Ndikumana in all the five games the side played.

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City Oilers Basketball Club before they took on BEAC Basketball at the 2016 FIBA Champions Cup in Egypt

Oilers lost all their group games to G.S.P (Algeria) 77-69, AS Sale (Morocco) 83-72, BEAC (Cameroon) 67-65 (OT) and RCD Libolo (Angola) 98-44, Ocitti calls the setback a process that is needed to be experienced by the team.

This is a process we are going through right and we are trusting the process and actually we are doing a lot better than most of the teams were when they first came for this championship.

City Oilers have an NBL final to defend when they take on Power in the finals starting January 7 and Ocitti is hopefully that the side can come back home and practice what they have learnt in Egypt.

So for Ugandan basketball, these two tournaments have been a real eye opening experience, I think the players are going to take this, apply to the league and apply to future international tournaments

Ocitti averaged 16.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 assist per game and he insists that playing at this level more often will improve Oilers but also preparing adequately for that

It’s a playing at this level and realizing you won’t make mistakes because you will pay for it, specifics I would our preparations need to be better, we need a lengthier time to address our weakness before we approach these tournaments

Playing at the top most level in Africa a team will need to organize their defense but also work on their offensive structures, and have a really deep bench that can contribute to the game adequately, Oilers fell short on the latter.

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