Champions City Oilers back to winning ways

  • City Oilers 93-49 Nkumba
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City Oilers Stephen Omony (L) talks to teammates James Okello (15) and Landry Ndikumana after a hot run from Power in the season opener at Lugogo

When 2006 champions Nkumba Marines met reigning champions City Oilers, there was always going to be one winner.

Mandy Juruni’s charges recovered from their loss to UCU Canons and pummeled the Marines 93-49 to record their third win of the season.

Even with key players like Steven Omony, Jimmy Enabu and Ben Komakech limited to less than 20 minutes each, the 4-time winners made no mistake on the day.

Omony and Enabu, fresh from the Africa City Challenge in Nairobi, only played 10 minutes each while Komakech was on the floor for 16 minutes.

Jonah Otim, Landry Ndikumana and Tonny Drileba took charge of the game and gave Oilers a 33-11 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game.

From the high scoring first quarter, the second 10 minutes of the game saw the scoring reduce as Oilers only managed 10 points with Nkumba posting only 8.

The two sides went into the half time break with Mandy Juruni’s charges enjoying a 24-point lead (43-19).

Oilers’ offence started operating once again in the third quarter and they edged Timothy Odeke’s charges 19-14 to go into the last quarter of the game with a 29-point advantage.

The 5-peat chasing Oilers poured in 31 points in the final quarter against Nkumba’s 16 to win the game 93-49.

Otim scored a game high 18 points while Ndikumana added 17 in Oilers’ victory on the day. Brian Ssentongo and Drileba added 11 apiece.

Wison Otweyo and Hassan Umar Walugembe scored 15 and 12 respectively in Nkumba’s losing effort.