• City Oilers 66-67 JKL Dolphins
Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports City Oilers center Landry Ndikumana is doubled up by Yesman Bushiri and Brian Muramba (Photo: Tsaubah Stone)

Are City Oilers in a place of bother? Probably. The six-time and National Basketball League defending champions suffered their third successive defeat.

The Oilers lost to JKL Dolphins, 67-66, on Wednesday night at YMCA and their start to game boded no good. The Oilers missed their first ten shots of the game from the field, going scoreless for over five minutes.

Dolphins, like their opponents, came into the game on the back of two losses on the bounce but started the game like a side that wanted to snap the losing streak. Sam Obol’s charges scored 9 unanswered points and later took their lead to double figures.

Leading 21-13 at the start of the second quarter, JKL went on a 9-2 scoring run to lead by 15 midway the period as Oilers went through another scoring drought. The champions, however, fought back and trailed by 11 at the long break.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports Brian Muramba shoots from the line (Photo: Tsaubah Stone)

Dolphins controlled the start of the third quarter and twice extended their lead to 16 points led by former Oilers Brian Muramba but never put the game to bed as Josh Johnson led Oilers fight back cutting the lead to a single digit but Joseph Wacha’s trey at the horn ensured JKL had a 12-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Oilers wiped out the deficit with a 13-1 run to start the fourth quarter capped by Tony Drileba’s 3-pointer and it was game on with just over six minutes to play.

It was seesaw until Brian Namake’s lay-up with just over a minute to play was followed with a couple of foul shots from Bernard Okumu to make JKL’s lead 4 (67-63) with under 15 seconds to play.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports Brian Namake tries to beat Tony Drileba on the dribble (Photo: Tsaubah Stone)

Oilers coach Mandy Juruni called for time after which Drilled another 3-pointer to pull Oilers within a point (66-67), 4 seconds on the clock.

JKL Dolphins were forced into a time out, and on return, Landry Ndikumana stole the inbound pass but could not take the shot in time as Oilers lost another close contest in succession.

Brian Muramba scored game-high 15 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead Dolphins on his debut for the club. Daniel Monoja scored an efficient 14 points, Namake had 13 points and picked team-high 10 rebounds while Ferdinand Odama chipped in with 10 points.

Josh Johnson and Landry Ndikumana scored 11 points and picked 8 rebounds each to pace Oilers while Drileba had 10 points. Francis Azolibe and James Okello contributed 9 points each with the latter grabbing game-high 16 rebounds.

JKL Dolphins return to action in ten-days time for back-to-back games against Falcons and UCU Canons on May 25 and May 26 respectively while Oilers will be looking to snap the losing streak when they take on Sharing Youth on Saturday, May 18.

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