Omony stars as City Oilers claim 5th title

  • KIU Titans 60-68 City Oilers | Oilers win series 4-0
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FUBA President Ambrose Tashobya hands over the trophy to City Oilers captain Jimmy Enabu

City Oilers won the unprecedented fifth National Basketball League title on Friday night after defeating KIU Titans 68-60 in Game 4 at Lugogo Indoor Stadium.

Stephen Omony was hot from 3-point range connecting 6-of-12 as he went for game high 22 points to go with 6 rebounds.

Jimmy Enabu added 11 points, James Okello had 10 points and 11 boards while MVP Landry Ndikumana scored 9 points and picked 11 rebounds.

Oilers controlled the first quarter 16-13 but Titans had a huge second quarter getting Oilers in foul trouble just over two minutes into the frame. KIU used mostly trips to the foul line to out score their opponents 21-14.

The third quarter was scrappy but Oilers edged it 11-10 to trail by a point heading to the final quarter.

Oilers started the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to edge ahead and from that point, the writing was on the wall as the champions had handled pressure well through out the series.

Chris Omanye the only KIU player to reach double-digits had 18 points.

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“I’m elated with this, this been a long time coming for me personally and I’m happy that the season has come to this. It’s a testimony of the hard work we have put in as individual players and as a team.

“I think we won this championship game by game. We did not really go ahead of ourselves,” Oilers forward Stephen Omony said after the clinching the title.

“I think we did not give enough, when we gave away the first game recovering was a bit hard. We hard a couple of problems, yes, but that is not an excuse… I think we did not rise to the occasion,” KIU’s Chris Omanye said of the series.

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