Stephen Omony had some words of advice for his City Oilers teammates after they lost their opening three games at the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) Africa Champions Cup in Tunisia.
“It’s not about the size of the dog; it’s the fight in the dog. We need an all-out mentality where we need to leave everything on the floor,” the veteran forward said after the 67-49 defeat to Angola’s Inter Clube.
They followed up that performance with two straight victories, an 81-60 win over DR Congo side ASB Generation before Saturday’s 95-86 hard-fought triumph over Nigerian champions Kano Pillars.
The latter also earned them a first ever quarterfinal appearance having finished ninth on their debut last season.
Omony’s sentiments should ring even louder this evening after those two wins set up a clash against one of the tournament favourites Union Sportive Monastir.
“Our theme is going to be defense because it is something we can control. We want to slow down that ball and deny them the next pass. We want to deny them that rhythm,” Oilers coach Mandy Juruni said.
They will be up against a Monastir side from host country Tunisia that breezed through the group stages unbeaten including a 94-83 win over Moroccan side GS Petroliers after earning a wild card entry.
Guard Robinson Opong who again led the team in scoring with a 21 point performance to help stave off the Kano Pillars challenge should be pivotal to their challenge.
City Oilers (Uganda) vs.
Union Sportive Monastir (Tunisia)