By: Nacho Black Armo
After losing 3 of their opening matches, East African champions City Oilers won their last 2 group games to qualify for the FIBA African Champions cup quarter finals.
Oilers lost their opening match 64-102 to hosts ESR, lost 81-91 to ASS in game 2 as well as losing 49-67 to GDI in game 3.
However in game 4 City Oilers pulled up a win over New Generation in an 81-61 victory in game Robinson Opong scored in game high 23 points while Jordin Mayes and Stanley Ocitti added 16 points and 11 points respective.
The result gave Oilers hope coming into the last game against Nigeria’s Kano Pillars seeking a win to ensure they qualify for the quarter finals.
Sofiane Si Youcef, Mbayi Christian and Amir Taboubi were appointed referees while Abdenbi Hanafi was the commissioner.
Oilers led the first quarter out scoring the Nigerians with just 2 points, 26-24 but stepped their game even higher In the second quarter when they scored 28 points this time scoring 4 more points than Kano Pillars who scored 24.
The Niderians dominated the 3rd quarter out scoring Oilers by 5 points showing signs of coming back.
However, ruthless Oilers gave no chance to their opponents in the last quarter scoring a total of 20 points which was superior to Kano Pillars’ 12 hence winning their final gams 95-86 sending them into the last 8.
Opong Robinson scored 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals while Kano Pillars Abdul Yaya scored 16 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 steals.
Oilers finished 4th on the table in group A joining As Sales, Estoile Sportive de Redés and New Generation for the FIBA African Champions Cup 2017 quarter finals.