Friday, October 5
Betway Power 71-78 City Oilers
City Oilers managed to bounce back as they overcame Betway Power to level the best of seven finals series, one all.
The defending Champions won a thrilling game two, 78-71 – played at a sale out MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo.
Coming into the Friday encounter at the back of a 66-85 game one loss, Mandy Juruni’s side had to answer back if they were to have a chance of keeping a sixth title in sight.
Despite having a dim start, as they trailed the first quarter 11-13, Oilers looked like they are not going to give up easily.
Three minutes into the second quarter, Oilers’ Jonathan Egau was stretchered off with an injured wrist following a rough challenge from Power’s Phillip Ameny.
Four minutes later on, Ameny was ejected – The big man controversially earned himself a second technical – The player challenged a ref’s call, claiming that Oilers’ Josh Johnson was outside the court on taking his shot.
Oilers eventually won the second quarter 24-17, to overturn the deficit – 35-30 going into the long break.
The third quarter was evenly contested with both sides sharing spoils 23 all, as City Oilers maintained a five point gap going into the last ten minutes.
Power continued to struggle in the last quarter as the team failed to pick most of their defensive rebounds and the Oilers capitalised on Power’s flaws to break away.
Power lost Brian Sivachi when he fouled out with five minutes remaining on the last quarter before Oilers sealed a deserved 78-71 victory to level the series.
Landry scored a double double of 23 points and 18 rebounds, Ben Komakech and Jimmy Enabu added 12 and 11 points respectively for the defending Champions.
Joseph Ikong contributed 16 points despite his game being marred with many turnovers. Stephen Wundi scored 15 points and Paul Odong contributed 13 points for the losing team.
Both sides will meet again on Sunday for Game three.