By: Nacho Black Armo
Defending Champion City Oilers gave themselves hope of retaining the NBL title by defeating Betway Power 80-70 in the first game of 5.
Oilers who came on strong leading the first quarter 20-15 looking like nothing could stop them ending half time at 40-32.
However in the 3rd quarter Power pulled back, recovered and went on to lead the period 54-52. With 8 minutes left Power looked a decent side leading 60-55.
Power started the 4th quarter with nothing but to kill the game, it was Suleiman Bbaale who scored the first jump shot before Landry was forced to a defensive rebound in opening minutes.
However, committing alot of fouls cost them and found themselves trailing again as well as losing the game 70-80.
Both Paul Odong and Oilers’ Ndikumana Landry scored 20 points in the game while Ikong Joseph laid 6 assists.
Betway Power will be looking at pulling back and win the next game to make the tie 1:1.
Who ever wins 3 of the 5 games goes to the finals.