BAL Qualifiers: Oilers Thrash Cobra, Set Up Patriots Semi

Thursday, December 19
*UNZP 69-55 JKT
*KPA 79-67 Maputo
*Cobra 71-108 City Oilers
*Patriots 94-88 GNBC (O.T)

City Oilers stormed the Semifinal of the 2020 Basketball Africa League (BAL) Qualifiers after recording a scintillating 108-78 win against South Sudan’s Cobra in their last group game on Thursday at Kigali Arena in the Rwanda capital.

Mandy Juruni’s side came into the game needing nothing but victory, and the side made their intentions known when they led 54-30 at the long break.

Cobra, inspired by Geoffrey Soro, won the third quarter 23-22 but the Oilers reiterated to win the last frame 32-18 to seal a dominant and emphatic deserved win.

Oilers finish second in group B and will face Group A leaders Patriots who double as hosts on Saturday.

Jordin Mayes goes for a floater. FIBA

Guard Jordin Mayes led the way with 29 points from 12-of-18 shooting, including 4-7 from beyond the arc.

Tyler Petty scored a double double of 20 points and 10 assists while Landry Ndikumana added nine points and 11 rebounds in the victory.

Geoffrey Soro shot 10-of-19 from the field to reach 26 points, Alonga Yak and Tony Marino contributed 11 and 16 points respectively for Cobra who had Stephen Wundi limited to just six points from 3-6 shooting.

This is the second win for Oilers who lost to Ferroviario Maputo and picked a walkover against Kenya’s KPA. The latter beat Maputo and will face Cobra on Friday.

However, Oilers finish second behind Maputo and have confirmed their tickets to the semis set on Saturday where they face Patriots and GNBC in that order.

KPA who have won once from two, have two points accumulated from their win and don’t qualify for a point (awarded to a losing team) as they didn’t get a point for participation in their loss (walkover), and thus can’t move above either Oilers or/and Maputo who have five points each. They can only get a maximum of two points, to move to four, if they beat Cobras on Friday.

Patriots needed overtime to beat GNBC in the last game of the night with Kenny Gasana (12), Jean Victor (13), Diedonne Ndayisaba Ndizeye (10), Elie Kaje (11) and Guibert Njimbere (12) all scoring in double digits.



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