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NBL finals: Action resumes as City Oilers take on UCU Canons

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After close to 40 days off, Oilers and Cannons will be back to their postponed NBL Final playoffs at Lugogo indoor arena for some Friday night hoops.

Though the Canons are trailing 2-1 after game 3, they will be looking to bring the tenacity that kept that matchup close to game 4.

UCU Canons won game one 67-57 to take an early series lead before Landry Ndikumana and James Okello could light-up in game II to level the series 1-all following a convincing 79-72 oilers win.

Game III had Landry Ndikumana spur Oilers to a deserved win netting 29 points for the defending champions to go a game up in the best of sevens series.

After game III, The playoffs were forced into a premature break to allow City Oilers to prepare for the Basketball Africa League (BAL) qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda.

At the BAL qualification tournament in Kigali, the defending NBL champions City Oilers finished 4th behind hosts Patriots, GNBC and Ferroviaria de Maputo from Mozambique.

The final playoffs are on this Friday night for game IV and the Oilers will have to put BAL disappointments aside if they are to make it 7 in 7.

Meanwhile, the Canons are looking for their first Men’s title in history but face an uphill task, trailing 2-1 after game III and are only 2 games away from defeat.

Speaking after game III in December 2019, Canons coach Nick Natuhereza promised that his side would get back stronger and upset the defending champions in the rest of the games despite trailing the 7 game series.

Kamardin Shero
Senior sports Editor at The Touchline Sports | Am down to earth person with a great heart of always wanting to assist where possible.

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