PIC: City Oilers' James Okello (left) drives past KIU Titans' Michael Bwanga and Samuel Agutu (right) during game three of the best-of-seven series men's final at Lugogo. (Credit: Michael Nsubuga)
NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
GAME FOUR: City Oilers v KIU Titans on Friday, 7pm (Lugogo Indoor Stadium)
KAMPALA - Four-time defending champions City Oilers cruised past first-time finalists KIU Titans 52-46 Wednesday night at Lugogo Indoor Stadium to assume a 3-0 advantage in the ongoing National Basketball League (NBL) best-of-seven series men’s final.
Oilers are now one win away from sweeping the series when they meet KIU in a decisive game four at Lugogo on Friday.
Jimmy Enabu and co led all the way throughout the four quarters, courtesy of Enabu’s game high 13 points.
The game signaled a dip in KIU Titans’ energy levels, whose losing margin widened to six points. It is important to remember that they lost by two points in game one and then by four points in game two.
Characteristically of KIU Titans, they gave a fight, though, which was not quite sufficient. Chris Omanye and Sudi Ulanga returned 10 and eight points, respectively, in a game that has so much slimmed Brian Wathum side’s chances of winning the trophy for the first time.
The Titans are now caught in a must-win situation going into game four, but much as they have an overly small chance on the title, they still maintain a positive attitude.
“We have given all our best in spite of things going south. We, however, keep the hope and until we lose game four, we still have a chance,” Omanye, KIU Titans skipper, said.
On the other hand, Oilers coach Mandy Juruni believes they can seal it off on Friday.
The series was delayed because of the Oilers’ excursions in the Africa Club Championships in Morocco in the fall of last year, where they finished fifth overall.
MEN'S FINAL: PREVIOUS RESULTS
City Oilers 74 KIU Titans 72
City Oilers 76 KIU Titans 72
City Oilers 52 KIU Titans 46