James Okello and Philip Ameny (Photo: John Batanudde)
  • Power 66-69 City Oilers
Power’s center Philip Ameny (with the ball) tries to go past James Okello (Photo: John Batanudde)

The matchup between Power and City Oilers in the National Basketball League season opener sure felt like the defending champions were playing their first game in five months.

The start was jittery, and so was the end but they found a way to win. They are City Oilers!

Oilers overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to beat Power, 69-66, on Friday night at Lugogo Indoor Stadium.

The start of the game was rough on the eye, but Power slowly build a double-digit lead as Oilers accumulated foul.

The five-time champions went big with Brian Sivach as aggressive as he will be needed to be in the postseason, Philip Ameny locked in and Makala Libe all over the place.

Andrew Tendo chose to start the third quarter with a death line-up of Ivan Muhwezi, Tonny Drileba, Jimmy Enabu, Stephen Omony, and Landry Ndikumana and the 10-point lead was quickly erased and Oilers took charge of the game with Muhwezi tormentor in chief.

Ndikumana’s corner three at the horn only compounded Power’s troubles as it opened a 9-point lead for Oilers heading into the final quarter.

Power played catch up but inevitably did not as Oilers hit big shot after another while Power struggled to execute special situations inbound plays as time expired.

Muhwezi scored team high 16 points to lead Oilers, Drileba added 15 points and Ndikumana had 10 points and picked 9 rebounds. Nigerian import Francis Azolibe had a debut to forget as he fouled out in under 10 minutes.

Syrus Kiviiri scored game high 17 points caped by a 3 pointer that brought Power within a point with about two minutes to play, Brian Sivachi added 11 points and Geoffrey Soro scored 10.

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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