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Oilers Coach Juruni Remains Calm Amidst Sixth Championship Talk

City Oilers are on their way to equalling Falcons’ record of winning six National Basketball League Championships.

The side are in a driving seat with a comfortable 3-1 lead in the best of seven finals against rivals Betway Power.

Oilers seeking for a sixth ring. FUBA photo

Despite holding an upper hand in the series, City Oilers Coach Mandy Juruni believes that mission is not yet accomplished.

As a team we know what it takes to win a championship”, Juruni stated while speaking to the press on Wednesday.

He added: “We know its not all over yet, we are just leading 3-1 and a championship is won by the first team to win four games.

Job done?

“We are going to tell them (City Oilers players) to remain focused ahead of our game five, because a lot of work still needs to be done.”

Despite losing game one, City Oilers have managed to bounce back with three victories on a trot.

Tough Tony: Drilleba (red) going for a jump shot. FUBA images

City Oilers lost 66-85 to Power in Game one on October 3rd but the side leveled the series two days later with a 78-71 victory.


Juruni’s side won game three 77-68 on October 7 (Sunday) to lead 2-1 in the series.

Oilers won 83-72 in Wednesday’s game four to lead 3-1, and the side will be declared champions if they win on Sunday.

From left: Josh, Koma, Jimmy, Oksy and Landry. FUBA photo.

Juruni who was speaking shortly after the victory on Wednesday, noted: “We did a good job tonight, the boys showed character and togetherness where it mattered most.”

We got into foul trouble earlier, my players like Landry (Ndikumana) and Jimmy (Enabu) have been playing with injuries but they are trying to wither through this storm.”

Beside the usual suspects in Landry, James Okello, Enabu and Stephen Omony, Oilers’ Josh Johnson, Tonny Drilleba and Ben Komakech have stepped up their performances in the series. Koma and Drilleba made 13 and 18 points respectively in game four.

Brian Mulamba and Daniel ‘Najja’ Jjuuko have also made their intents known despite the few minutes given.

On the evening, City Oilers shot 28-61 on the field, picked a total of 45 rebounds and registered 11 steals.

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