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NBL: Paul Odong drops 22 points as Nam Blazers hangs on to defeat City Oilers in season opener

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Newly promoted Namuwongo Blazers begin life in the FUBA National Basketball league with an impressive 71-66 victory over the seven time consecutive champions City Oilers.

Captain Paul Odong was the main tomentor of the city Oilers as he dropped a game high  22 points in 28 minutes  on the field of play.

City Oilers started the game the brightest and took the first quarter 17-6 but Odong ignited in the second quarter, contributing 13 of Blazer’s 23 points in quarter to ensure the newly promoted went into the break with a 29-24 lead having restricted the oilers to only 7 points.

In the third quarter, Cesar Kizito and Jimmy Enabu dropped in 6 and 7 points for the oilers to trim the Blazer’s lead to only two points (52-50) heading into the last quarter.

Despite resistance by the Oilers in the fourth quarter, Nam Blazer held on to outshone the oilers 19-16 to ensure that they secured a memorable 71:66 win over the record champions on the opening day.

Three other Blazer’s players had double digits points as Daniel Juuko and Chris Omanye had 11 points each while Godfrey Soro finished the game with 10 points.

Jimmy Enabu and James Okello were Oilers best players on the day as they recorded 19 points and 10 points respectively while Landry Ndikumana endured a difficult start of the game, having failed to garner any point in the opening third quarters before finishing the game with just 5 points in 25:22 minutes played.

In the other games in the men’s league, Kampala Panthers defeated Ndejje Angels 70-56 while KIU Titans came from behind to secured an emphatic 91-66 win over Betway Powers. The Titans lost the first quarter 20-16 but comfortably won the remaining three 75-46 to garner a vital home at their own patch.

In the women’s league, KIU Rangers and KCCA Leopards were the winners on the opening day. KIU Rangers took care of Nkumba Lady Marines 69-50 while KCCA Leopards rallied from a two point down at halftime to narrowly defeat defending champions, JKL Lady Dolphins 58-55


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