Wednesday, January 11

City Oilers vs. Power – 7:30pm, Lugogo (Series tied 1-1)

City Oilers point guard Ben Komakech © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The first and last time City Oilers faced Power in the National Basketball League playoff finals was in 2014 and Oilers swept their way to the second title.

While some expected similar show from the three-time champions, their point guard Ben Komakech was certain of a tough series against the five-time champions.

“They are going to be hard competitive games. Power has played great this season. We have had a great season as well but also at the same time that motivates Power,” Komakech told Kawowo Sports.

Oilers have already had a feel of how tough the series could turn out to be. They escaped Game 1 with a 78-76 victory but could not in the next game as they fell to a defensively strong Power 62-54.

After the Game 2 loss on Sunday, Komakech praised Power’s defensive effort but was confident his side will bounce back on Wednesday.

“Look, they played really well today especially on defense, they double teamed when needed and our shots were not falling. We will be better in the next game and we can only be better by winning.”

Power’s last title came in 2011 when they defeated Warriors 99-97 in Game 7 and Komakech (then at Power) scored 27 points and picked 15 rebounds in that Game. Jimmy Enabu was also part of the Power set up then.

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