With the sheep separated from goats, many basketball enthusiasts in the country are hugely anxious in anticipation of a showdown that for the past couple of years has held an incredible fascination in many hearts.
The five time defending National Basketball League (NBL) champions City Oil lock horns with their biggest threat (at-least going by this season’s performance) Betway Power this Friday 20th JULY 2018 at the Lugogo MTN Indoor Arena at 20:00pm.
These two basketball power houses face-off for their second regular season matchup during the second half of this year’s Uganda Basketball league season. It must be remembered however that Power got the better of City Oil wining 62-56 in the opener of the first round.
Arnold Lando’s Betway Power side didn’t have a great start in that particular game despite their impressive business during the window. The new signings however inspired an ardent comeback to defeat the reigning NBL champions.
Geoffrey Soro, Philip Ameny and Mike Madoi have been impressive this season for Power especially in the game against City Oil. The momentum exhibited by this side in big games has been something to cherish.
Arnold Lando has been full of praise for his side in the past couple of months. “The team seems to be playing at the same wavelength and the chemistry is building,” as he normally says.
The two-time FIBA Zone 5 Basketball champions on the other game go into this game cautious of their adversary’s maiden performances in the league this season but surely not terrified since they have the beating of their opponents.
The City Oilers will need to dig deeper in this one and thrive on the adrenaline that keeps pumping from deep within. The fact that they swept Power in last season’s semi-finals of the NBL playoffs should provide an extra motivation for the defending champions.
Monday Juruni’s side looked exhausted during their defeat to Power in the league opener early this year but will look to amend this with the new opportunity presented.
With team skipper Jimmy Enabu back to his best and the fatigue levels of star players like Stephen Omony, Otim Jonah and James Okello looking sorted, the Oilers couldn’t have asked for a better time to face their would be night-mare.
Betway Power will on the other hand look to continue their impressive form going into this game. They currently stand top with 13 wins out of the 15 games played. The Oilers have however lost 3 of their 13 games played and won 10. They stand second with 23 points.
The five time NBL champions will look to tame the current form of the league leaders but one thing is for sure, this isn’t the same Betway Power team to easily push over.