City Oilers gain control of finals with Game 3 win

  • City Oilers 77-68 Power | Oilers lead series 2-1
Tsaubah Stone
Stephen Omony takes Joseph Ikong on the drive

It’s advantage City Oilers in the National Basketball League playoff finals!

The five-time defending champions rolled to a 77-68 win over Power on Sunday night at Lugogo Indoor Stadium in Game 3, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

What started as a close affair with Oilers edging the first quarter 23-20, turned into a complete mismatch with Mandy Juruni’s men opening a 17 point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Oilers suffocated lethargic Power in the second and third quarter, easing through the periods 18-12 and 18-10 respectively to lead 59-42.

In the final frame, Power started to rally back with an 8-0 run to start the quarter and were within 9 points (59-50), 2:06 into the quarter.

However, Ben Komakech, Landry Ndikumana and Josh Johnson kept Oilers afloat as Power’s onslaught led by Stephen Wundi, Fahmy Sebatindira and Joseph Ikong had put the Bugolobi based side in a position uncomfortable.

James Okello scored a quiet team-high 15 points and 9 rebounds to pace Oilers, Stephen Omony and Johnson contributed 14 points apiece with the former pulling down 11 rebounds while Ndikumana chipped in with 12 points that came along with 14 rebounds.

Ikong scored game-high 17 points and picked 11 rebounds, Geoffrey Soro contributed 16 points and 9 boards, Phillip Ameny contributed 11 points and Wundi had 10 points all in a losing effort.

Game 4 of the series is on Wednesday night on the same floor.

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