Wednesday January 10 2018

Oilers seek 3-0 advantage

James Okello (right) and Landry Ndikuman

James Okello (right) and Landry Ndikumana of City Oilers try to challenge Chris Omanye Basheke of KIU Titans during the Fuba Final playoff Game One at the MTN-NCS Arena, Lugogo which City Oilers won 74-72 in overtime. Photo by Ismail Kezaala 

By Elvis Senono

Kampala. City Oilers hold a 2-0 series lead in their National Basketball League best-of-seven final series against KIU Titans.

But such is their ruthless nature in the domestic game that the Oilers are refusing to get carried away despite the relative comfort they find themselves in at the moment.

“We’re still going to do the same things meet, shoot and talk and prepare ourselves for next game. We’re looking at it like it is 0-0 in the series. We’re halfway there but our mentality is we have to win the next two games,” Oilers guard Tony Drileba stated after the Sunday game two victory.

Oilers won the second series game 76-72 as they pursue an unprecedented fifth straight domestic league crown. KIU on the other hand are in their maiden final and have competed well albeit coming up short at the end in two close games thus far.
“Wednesday is another day to fight.We just have to execute at a high level when closing out quarters especially, the fourth,” Wathum noted after game two.

He is still waiting on the fitness of guard Michael Bwanga who took part in light training on Monday after missing the opening two games with a bout of malaria.

“We are taking it day by day but we definitely need his experience because he’s played at such a high level before,” Wathum said of the Congolese point guard.

The mercurial Sudi Ulanga has carried the team in his absence with the shooting guard averaging a series high 20 points from the opening two games including 24 from Game Two. His long distance shooting will be key.

Jimmy Enabu and James Okello are meanwhile averaging 15 points apiece for the Oilers.