Monday June 30 2014

Oilers sink Warriors into a deeper hole


It’s hard seeing Eric Malinga play with a limp and heavy strapping on his troublesome knee. Then, Ivan Enabu can only cheer from the bench.

Warriors need them on floor and playing to the best of their abilities. In fact, it’s sad watching coach Gad Eteu marshal a team that once thrilled many but are now fighting for crabs.

Champions City Oilers condemned Warriors to a fourth loss in seven Airtel National Basketball League games, a 66-49 result at YMCA court on Friday night.

No wonder, Warriors, one of the most supported teams here, no longer attract the crowds of the past but you cannot blame them entirely as basketball crowds have dropped considerably.

Those who made it saw Jimmy Enabu play his best game yet for Oilers this season, the shooting guard scoring a game-high 17 points to show no ill-effects of the foot injury. Kami Kabange didn’t to work too hard for his 14 and seven rebounds as they got to a quick start and their lead was double figures for large periods.

Steven Okias’ 13 points didn’t paper anything. “That slow start cost us,” Okias noted. There was more. The sooner they get Enabu playing and Mark Opio return from India the better.

That too may not be enough as the two-time champions are way off the contenders. Earlier, KCCA avenged their 58-48 loss to KIU Rangers with 65-37 thumping.

The women’s champions had Claire Lamunu score 15 to briefly forget that horrific result from a fortnight ago.