City Oilers Fall to Rwanda’s Patriots in Basketball African League

By our Reporter.
City Oilers, Ugandans National Basketball Champions on Sunday lost 63-74 to Rwanda’s Patriots in a highly competitive basketball game played in the National Indoor Stadium, Dar es Salam.

The Patriots led the Oilers with 18-10 by the end of the first quarter, before the Oilers closed the gap to 32-31 by the end of the second quarter still in favor of Patriots. The third quarter saw the Patriots side make their mark, playing a better defensive than Oilers to lead 58-45.

In the last quarter, the Oilers struggled in vain as Patriots won the day with 74-63. Oilers Landry Ndikumana made 22 points and 7 rebounds, while guards Robinson Opong and Jordin Mayes both had 13 points.

Both Patriots and Oilers proceed to the next round of the FIBA Basketball African Champions Qualifiers in November and December after emerging first and second-placed respectively in the tournament.

Both Oilers and Patriots stopped Hawassa City from Ethiopia, JKT from Tanzania, and Dynamo from Burundi. Patriots stand ahead in the table after the Oilers win. Rwanda and Kenya had in the past dominated East African Basketball before the Oilers team rose up to the competition.

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