Defending national basketball league champions, City Oilers, on Sunday night lost to Ndejje University Angels 77-74.
In a hotly contested game played at the Lugogo MTN Arena, Ndejje University led the first five minutes of the game 11-2 before the Oilers improved to 11-13. The second quarter ended 29-28 in favour of Ndejje before the Oilers took charge of the third quarter 59-49.
In the last quarter, however, two technical fouls to Oilers coach Monday Juruni and forward Jonah Otim gave the Angels advantage to win with four free throws, but also gaining possession of the ball in the last seconds of the game.
Angels’ Deng Maker made 18 points while Michael Otieno scored 17 points. Oilers’ Stephen Omony scored 18 points.
The loss was the third for Oilers this season.
Meanwhile Betway Power struggled to stop Our Saviour 79-73 in a hotly contested game. Power had a slim lead of 22-19 and 44-36 in the first and second quarter, before Our Saviour leading third quarter 63-60. The fourth quarter ended 77-74 in favour of Power.
Powers Paul Odong made a game high 21 points while Isaac Afidra and Michael Makiada each made 17 points. For Our Saviour, Joseph Wacha and Nkumbi Mulumba made 12 points each.
Pemba Warriors meanwhile stopped Star Times Falcons 81-52 with Mark Opio Okidi scoring a game high 15 points for the Warriors and Vinnie Jurua scoring 15 for Falcons.
In the ladies’ games played earlier, A1 Challenge stopped Javon Ladies 72-53. Kampala Capital City Leopards meanwhile humbled Lioness 79-28.