Wednesday, October 3
City Oilers 66-85 Betway Power
It’s going to be about who wants it most.
The above, were thoughts of Joseph Ikong about the finals – He was speaking to KweseTV recently after Power eliminated JKL Dolphins in the semis.
Betway Power showed that they want it most. They made their intent known right from the start to draw first blood.
The side hammered City Oilers 66-85 in an entertaining game one in the best of seven series thriller at MTN Arena in Lugogo.
Ikong led the charges with a game high 24 points, shooting 8-13 on the field. He added 3 rebounds and 5 assists to his impressive tally.
Everything that could go right, did for Power. The side drove to a 17-9 lead after the first quarter. Power continued from where they had stopped to win 27-21 after second quarter to further extend the lead to 44-30 at the long break.
Mandy Juruni’s charges came stronger from the rest rooms with Josh Johnson shooting 4-7 from downtown to rally a comeback – they rallied to win the third quarter 30-24 to reduce the deficit to just eight points. But that’s the closest they came.
In the last quarter, Power closed out their opponents who fired blanks for almost the entire quarter.
In the last minutes, Oilers surrendered when they made overhaul changes with Ivan Muhwezi and Jjuuko Daniel brought on. They just managed six points in the entire last quarter.
Power flourished at the other end of the court to deliver 17 points, sealing the 85-66 deserved victory amidst cheers from their vocal fans.
Geoffrey Soro and Paul Odong contributed 14 and 12 points in that order for the Betway sponosred club.
Oilers who shot missed 20 of their 27 shots outside the three point arc, had Jimmy Enabu and Josh Johnson score 15 and 13 points respectively.
City Oilers will now look to make amends in game two on Friday.