Germaine Roebuck Jr. | Credit: FIBA

City Oilers have qualified for the Basketball African League after beating Urunani, 71-62, in the 3rd-place playoff of Division East.

The Oilers needed a strong second-half defensive output to earn the remaining ticket to Africa’s premier club basketball competition.

Coach Mandy Juruni got contributions from his thin rotation with Germaine Roebuck leading the way with a 20 points and 11 rebounds double-double.

Ngor Barnaba added 12 while Fayed Baale played his best game at the tournament scoring 12 points to go with 5 rebounds and as many assists off the bench.

Fayed Baale drives past Malick Ngenzahayo | Credit: FIBA

Oilers trailed 8-4 early in the opening quarter but scored 8 unanswered points before closing out the quarter leading 17-12.

Urunani however rallied back and took the lead late in the second quarter but Oilers took a one-point (27-26) to the halftime break and never trailed again.

Oilers thus complete the 12 teams that will compete in the 2023 season of the Basketball Africa League. They join Ferroviario Beira and Cape Town Tigers as the three from Division East as well as SLAC, Abidjan BC and Stade Malien from Divsion West.

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

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