Power seek immediate turnaround against KIU

Friday April 19 2019

Francis Karoro of Falcons against City Oilers d

Francis Karoro of Falcons against City Oilers during Wednesday’s game at YMCA which Oilers won. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA 

By Elvis Senono

Kampala- Betway Power, KIU Titans and UCU Canons have all taken turns in recent years to position themselves as the nearest challengers to City Oilers’ National Basketball League crown.

JKL Dolphins who reached the playoff semifinals last season and Warriors who have made significant improvements to their roster will also expect to be added to that list.

The early front runners however remain Power and KIU Titans the two teams that reached the last two playoff finals.
Today offers a very early chance to reinforce or dismiss that notion when they face off on an evening that will be spiced up further by the women’s game between JKL Lady Dolphins and UCU Lady Canons.

The latter will be a repeat of last season’s playoff final that JKL swept 4-0.

KIU Titans come into today’s game on the back of a 106-75 opening weekend win over the newly promoted Kampala University Eagles in which Dennis Balungu dropped 30 points.

Power on the other hand lost their opening game 69-66 to City Oilers but should be encouraged by the display of one of their new recruits Syrus Kiviiri who threatened to win them the tie with a game high 17 points.

On Wednesday, Tony Drileba scored 21 points to lead City Oilers to an 81 -34 rout of Falcons at YMCA.
The guard connected with five of eight shots from three point range to add to the 15 points he scored in the victory over Power for the dominant Oilers who are seeking an unprecedented seventh league crown in a row.

Henry Mbaziira top scored with 13 points for Falcons who are now 0-2 on their return to the top division.
KCCA were also dominant against Muk Sparks who lost their second game in a horror following a 93-50 hiding.

Judith Nansobya led KCCA with 18 points and Leticia Awor added 17 as they bounced back from the opening season 70-49 defeat to JKL.

National Basketball League
Results
Men
City Oilers 81-34 Falcons
Women
KCCA 93-50 Muk Sparks
PLAYING TODAY
Women
JKL Ladies vs UCU Lady Canons
Betway Power vs KIU Titans
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