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BAL Qualifiers: City Oilers bag first win at the Elite 16

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City Oilers off to a winning start at the Elite with a 71-59 win over Madagascar’s Club Omnisports Police National (COSPN) in their Group B opener at the Elite 16 of the Basketball Africa League qualifiers, South Africa.

Jermain Roebuck Jr (17) and Folando Jones (15) were the men of the moment putting up a joint 32 points to help Monday Juruni’s charges get off the mark.

Jermain Roebuck Jr taking on a COSPN player during the game.

The first two quarter we all Oilers as they led 47-26, a lead that I deemed to be marginal in Basketball at such a stage of the game.

However in a nick of time COSPN put out their A game, an action that helped them cut down the Ugandan side’s lead to nine after a 23-11 scoreline in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Ugandan side came out to conquer, however much their lead was cut more to a seven point lead. It was only a relax and play your game match in the end as debutant Titus Lual put up 11 points to impress. Fayeed Bbaale was another player who player his first game for the Oilers.

The City Oilers will play Zambia’s Matero Magic. A win there will see the Oilers finish among the top two in Group B to reach the semi-finals.

Jeremiah Mugalu

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