Coming into the NBL semi-final playoffs, Pemba Warriors seemed outright underdogs to City oilers as the series seemed like a foregone conclusion for the Oilers.
Ronnie Mutebi’s side came out with guns blazing on Monday night to down the 6-times defending champions Oilers, 68-56 in game 2 of the 5 game series.
Warrior started off very well in the first quarter and took a commanding 14-6 in the last 10 minutes before extending the lead to 12 points before halftime (32-20)
A monster second half by the Warriors team denied Oilers a comeback chance to tie the series 1-1 at the end of the day.
The Warriors finished the game with double point digits combining to 33 points. Okidi Opio Mark notched in 12 points, Gatwech Keat Kutai came up with 11 points while Amisi Saidi finished with 10 points.
Oiler’s James Okello recorded his first playoff double-double but wasnt enough to propel to game 2 victory.
Tony Drileba was restricted to only 5 points and 6 rebounds while Jimmy Enabu had 11 points and 4 rebounds.
In the ladies semi-finals, UCU Lady Canons fought to the death of the game to overcome KCCA Leopards 59-57 at YMCA basketball ground.
Rose Akon scored a 2pts jump shot in the 4th quarter with 21 seconds left to stun KCCA Leopards fans who had overtime hopes.
Zainah Lokwameri and Rose Akon recorded a combined 30 points for the university side with Rose recording a double-double (15 points ,12 assists).
Judith Nansobya had a game-high 20 points while Cynthia Irankunda recorded 14 points on the night.
Action resumes on Tuesday with game 3 matchups in both the men’s and lady’s playoff semifinals.
With the series tied at 1-1, Betway Power and UCU Canons will battle out for a series lead at Lugogo indoor arena while JKL will hope to sweep aside KIU Rangers in the first game of the day.