On their second appearance at the Fiba Africa Champions Cup, City Oilers coach Mandy Juruni tasked his team to compete against the continent’s more illustrious sides.
While they were not able to really trouble the bigger fish as evidenced in the 102-64 opening day loss to Etoile Sportive Radesinne and the 71-96 semifinal defeat to Union Sportive Monastir, the Oilers showed a vast improvement in tje or second appearance.
They wrapped up fifth position at the 12-team championship following an 82-70 victory over Ferroviario Beira on Wednesday evening.
“Its a big deal finishing fifth from second last. Its out second time here so we’re happy and hopefully we can perform better the next time,” captain Jimmy Enabu remarked after the victory.
The point guard credited the team’s preparation and reinforcements that added to the roster’s depth as compared to last year.
“Recruitment was on point. We had two weeks training camp we knew the areas we were weak,
There was more depth in the team, better offense all round and had more size so those are the little areas we focussed on and you can see the results,” he added.
Robinson Odoch and Adarius Pegues contributed 23 points apiece with the former averaging 16 points and among the top 10 scorers in the competition.
A 28-13 fast start against the Mozambique side Beira contributed to the victory in a game in which they dominated save for a second quarter wobble that the opponents claimed 29-16.