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NBL: City Oilers Bounce Back as KIU Teams Capitalise on Home Court

Saturday, June 16

Women:
KCCA Leopards P-P Magic Stormers
A1 Challenge P-P Nkumba
KIU Rangers 62-39 UMU Ravens

Men:
Charging Rhino 44-60 Sharing Youth
City Oilers 79-53 UPDF Tomahawks
KIU Titans 57-53 Our Saviour

City Oilers managed to bounce back with a victory against struggling UPDF Tomahawks in one of the four National Basketball League games played at KIU courts in Kansanga, Kampala.

City Oilers are playing without a couple of players (Jimmy Enabu, James Okello and Stephen Omony) together with team coach Mandy Juruni who are with the National team which is in Turkey in preparations for the upcoming FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifiers set in Lagos, Nigeria later this month.

Oilers were at the back of a 59-58 defeat against Ndejje University Angels on Friday at YMCA Court in Wandegeya.

Landry Ndikumana was the star of the day as his 16 points propelled his side to a deserved 79-53 victory.

Ndikumana who shot 7-13 on the evening, added 13 rebounds and five assists to his tally.

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The five time defending Champions were in driving seat right from the start: Taking a 38-31 lead at the halftime before adding 24 and 17 more points in the third and last quarter to seal a comfortable victory.

Jonathan Egau scored 19, Ivan Muhwezi added 17 before Brian Muramba and Tinny Drilleba contributed 12 and 11 points respectively for the winning side – Not forgetting Landry’s double double.

UPDF’s Henry Okoth and Bernard Okoth scored 18 and 9 points respectively.

This is the sixth victory for the Oilers, the ninenth loss for the Army side.

KIU Teams Make Home Court Count

With the league weekend games taken to KIU Courts in Kansanga, all eyes were on home sides KIU Rangers (Women) and KIU Titans (Men) – And both sides never disappointed.

The victory for the Titans, however, didn’t come that cheap. Brian Wathum’s side were made to sweat before sealing their seventh win of the campaign.

Shooting 6-12, Joseph Chuma hit a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, Chris Omanye and Ulanga added 12 and 9 points on the night for the home team.

The visitors who registered 18 turnovers, had Joseph Wacha score 17 points, in a losing effort.

Titans will return in action against Betway Power on June 22nd at YMCA court before ending up the round one with two University derbies – UCU Canons on June 23rd and Ndejje University Angels on June 29th.

KIU Rangers picked their fourth win of the season with a 62-39 victory over UMU Ravens.

18 points each from Aujat Brenda and Moureen Atulinda engineered the victory.

The tie of the day saw Charging Rhino end their first round canpaign on a low note.

The league new comers lost 44-60 to Sharing Youth, their eighth loss of the season – Rhino’s only three victories came against JKL, UPDF and KCCA Panthers.

Sharing’s Charles Ssemugabi hit 18 points and 11 rebounds, Tonny Okello also scored 18 points.

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