City Oilers Face Strong Starters Our Saviour

Ivan Muhwezi against Power. (Photo by Don Mugabi)

Wednesday, February 7
•Magic Stormers Vs KIU Rangers – 7pm
•City Oilers Vs Our Saviour – 9pm

City Oilers will hope to extend their perfect start as they face a tricky Our Saviour side in the ongoing National Basketball League this Wednesday at Lugogo.

The Oilers commenced their 2024 campaign on an emphatic note, clinching a resounding 73-38 victory over Power in their season opener last Sunday.

This victory marked the commencement of a new era for the team following the departure of Mande Juruni, who has transitioned to Rwanda’s Keplar University.

Juruni, a pivotal figure in the Oilers’ journey from Division One to NBL prominence, steered the team to nine consecutive league titles during his tenure.

The reins have now been passed to his former assistant, Andrew Tendo, who assumes the role of head coach, supported by Coach-Player Ben Komakech.

In their triumph over Power, the Oilers demonstrated their defensive prowess by limiting their opponents to mere 4 and 6 points in the second and fourth quarters, respectively.

Leading the charge on offense were James Okello and Ivan Muhwezi, who contributed 18 and 17 points, respectively, while new signings Rogers Dauna and Malual Dier got some minutes.

Meanwhile, Our Saviour emerges as an unexpected frontrunner in the league standings, having secured victories in all three of their matches, including a noteworthy 75-65 win against Nam Blazers.

Their impressive start to the season saw them dispatch Ndejje University 80-59 and overcome JKL Dolphins 60-52 previously.

However, facing City Oilers presents a formidable challenge for the team.

Crucial to Our Saviour’s success have been the consistent performances of Moses Mugisha and Kenneth Mesho, averaging 17 and 11 points, respectively, per game.

It’s worth noting that City Oilers maintained dominance over Our Saviour throughout the previous season, securing victories in all five encounters, including a clean sweep of the best-of-five semifinal series.



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