The Oilers defending their title against the Patriots of Rwanda
By: Nacho Black Armo
City Oilers have sent a message to the rest of Africa, such growth and success in a Short time. The 4 time NBL champions managed to defend their Zone V championship against Rwanda’s Patriots.
Oilers started with the desire that was written all over their play with Opong killing a number of chances making the game 6-0 with 7 minutes left of the first quarter. Patriots picked themselves and put up a game expected of them closing the gap with at least 2 points, Oilers 22-20 Patriots in the first quarter.
Oilers looked better and better with Ben scoring for fun but the most exciting part being Mayes’ after 3, at the end of the 2nd quarter he was already bossing with 16 points.
Oilers started the 3rd quarter with Enabu’s 3 bang pushing Oilers in a 53-40 lead, with 4 mins left in the 3rd quarter, Opong striked a 3 pointer fronting Oilers 64-45. Oilers went on to seal the 3rd quarter ,69-51.
8 minutes left in the 4th quarter, Mayes striked to give Oilers a 74-54 lead as well as pounding his scores to 21, leaving the crowd chanting Jordin Mayes MVP. Oilers went on to defeat Patriots who they had defeated earlier in the group stage 86-59 final score that so Oilers retain the Zone V championship title.
A well deserved win followed by a standing ovation for Jimmy Enabu and an MVP tag to Jordin Mayes’ name speak alot about Oilers final performance against Patriots.
Earlier on Betway Power had lost 53-75 to KPA in a 3rd place play off. Power lost all the four quarters, 9-17, 19-35, 42-49 and 53-75 respectively.
In the Women’s category, UCU Lady Canons defeated KCCA Leopards 77-60 in a highly contested match that saw Amoding scoring 31 points. However, the win could not help the Ugandans lift the trophy as KPA had earlier defeated Equity 64-47. This guaranteed Kenyans the title as by the rules of the round robin.