Betway Power look to alter course against City Oilers

Wednesday October 10 2018

Steven Omony of City Oilers tries to stop G

Steven Omony of City Oilers tries to stop Geofrey Soro (R) of Power in Game 3 of the NBL playoff finals at Lugogo. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA 

By ELVIS SENONO

KAMPALA- City Oilers overturned a 1-0 deficit to hold a 2-1 lead in their best of seven final playoff series against Betway Power.

In doing so, the reigning champions again demonstrated the character that has propelled them to five straight titles.

The onus is consequently now on Power to prove their credentials as the two teams meet again this evening in game four of this Tusker Lite sponsored series.

History also seems to be against Power who have never won more than one game in the five previous playoff meetings between the two sides. The City Oilers also triumphed 3-0 when they met in last season’s playoff semifinals to build on the 4-1 and 3-1 victories in 2016 and 2015.
The 2014 playoff final saw Betway Power swept 4-0 while they also lost 3-1 in the 2013 playoff semfinals.

Good opening
They could however look back at the 85-66 opening game victory in which they used a 17-9 fast start in addition to a dominating inside game and Joseph Ikong dropping 24 points.

That has however changed in the past two games with the Oilers front court of Landry Ndikumana and James Okello coming alive in the subsequent games.

Having scored four and seven points respectively in the opening game, the pair responded with 23 and 11 in game two as well as 12 and 15 in game three.

At the other end only Geoffrey Soro has been a consistent offensive threat averaging 12 points for Power in the opening three games.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
TODAY - Game four at Lugogo
City Oilers vs. Betway Power
(Oilers lead best of seven series 2-1)