Landrey Ndikumana led the defending champions who are gunning for a fourth championship with 19 points and 7 rebounds
NBL LEAGUE RESULTS
JKL Lady Dolphins 71 UCU Lady Canons 76
KIU Titans 59 City Oilers 76
Sunday fixtures 10.00am-10.30pm
Javon Ladies v KCCA Leopards
Destiny Phenoms v UPDF Tomahawks
Sharing Youth v Power
KIU Rangers v A-1 Challenge
UCU Canons v Our Saviour
Pemba Warriors v StarTimes Falcons
Defending champions City Oilers completed a hat-trick of wins over the KIU Titans this year as the 2016 NBL tipped off at the MTN Arena on Friday.
City Oil's fans cheer on their team against the KIU Titans on Friday night. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga
Landrey Ndikumana led the defending champions who are gunning for a fourth championship with 19 points and 7 rebounds with reigning MVP's Kami Kabange and Jimmy Enabu adding 17 and 15 points respectively.
KIU's Sudi Ulanga (18pts) and Samuel Agutu (10pts) were the only players in double figures for the student side who trailed by 9 points after the first quarter but outscored the Oilers 19-10 in the second for a 46-46 half time score.
Despite converting only 3 of his 9 attempts from three-point range, Sudi Ulanga shone whenever he stepped on court but could not break the Oilers' defensive resolve.
It was a bad day in office for Henry Malinga who could only convert 3 of his attempts from 2-point range and 3 of 8 free throws as Jimmy Enabu and Kami Kabange dictated matters on the opposite side.
City Oilers new signings Brain Ssentongo (0pts) and Jonah Otim (2pts) were also limited to a few flashes for the 10 and 24 minutes spent on court respectively.
In the ladies opening game Vilma Achieng (25pts), Judith Nansobya (16pts), Angella Lokamweni (13pts) and Sarah Ageno (10pts) ensured the ladies defending champions also opened with a win over newly promoted side JKL Lady Dolphins; who had Jamila Nansikombi (24pts) and Irene Nalunkuma (11pts) in double figures.
With one of their best players over the years Purity Odhiambo and a couple of others like Peace Nakirijja and Angella Namirimu on the opposite side the Canons had to dig deep for the victory.
Action in the league continues on Sunday at the MTN Arena with 6 games on card.