We blew our chances lament City Oilers

City Oilers 72-77 UCU Canons
UCU Lady Canons 56-51 KIU Rangers

Mande Juruni, coach of reigning Airtel National Basketball League City Oilers has expressed disappointment over the team’s defeat in the opener to UCU Canons at YMCA Wandegeya Friday night.

Kabange (R) tries to block UCU’s Brian Namake last season. PHOTO Monitor
Kabange (R) tries to block UCU’s Brian Namake last season. PHOTO by Ismail Kezaala

The Mukono based University side saw off defending champions City Oilers 77-72.

If there were two games in which Oilers looked like pretenders and not contenders last season, they came against perennial semifinalists UCU Canons. UCU and Oilers served mundane games, both won by the former, including a 79-59 result.

Juruni who spurred Oilers to the championship in their debut season told Red Pepper they were to blame for their final quarter breakdown. “I am so disappointed we couldn’t win the game after having a healthy lead in the first two periods.

“This was the first game of the season and we promise to work on our defensive in the upcoming fixtures,” Juruni, a champion in three of the last four years, said.

UCU shooting guard Sudi Ulanga poured in game high 30 points to lead the Canons. Brian Namake added 11 points and 10 rebounds off the bench and center Ivan Lumanyika chipped in with 9 points to go with his 10 boards.

UCU Lady Canons also beat their counter parts from KIU 56-52. League action returns today with former champions Falcons facing Ndejje kickoff 7.30pm at YMCA.

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