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NBL Finals: KIU Titans Stand In City Oilers Way To Ninth Title

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NBL Finals – Game Ones

Friday, October 13
•JKL Lady Dolphins Vs KIU Rangers, 7pm
•City Oilers Vs KIU Titans, 9pm

(YMCA Court, Wandegeya)


KIU Titans are facing what many might consider a “mission impossible” in their upcoming clash with the City Oilers in the National Basketball League Finals Series.

The Oilers have been an indomitable force in the league, clinching all the titles for the past eight seasons since their promotion in 2013.

What’s more impressive is that they’ve never lost a single NBL playoffs series during this dominant reign.

Their 2017 finals series against KIU Titans stands out as a stark example of their prowess, with the Oilers completing a clean 4-0 sweep.

The scores were 74-72 (game one), 76-72 (game two), 52-56 (game three), and a final victory of 60-68 in game four against a Titans side that had the likes of Denis Balungu (still at the team), Ethiene Kazungu, Oscar Muge, Michael Bwanga among others.

Some key players from that series for Oilers, such as James Okello and Jimmy Enabu, remain a part of the Oilers’ formidable lineup.

City Oilers’ eight titles have come at the expense of various opponents in previous finals, including Nam Blazers (2022), UCU (2019), Betway Power (2018), KIU Titans (2017), Betway Power (2016), UCU Canons (2015), Tigerhead Power (2014), and Falcons (2013).

With a roster that boasts talented players like Fayed Bbaale, Titus Lual, Luak Ruai, James Okello, Tonny Drilleba, Moses Maker, Michael Ngut, and Jimmy Enabu, many believe this is the strongest Oilers squad ever assembled on the local scene.

And this further underscores the monumental challenge that KIU Titans are up against.

While there’s no set template for how to stop the Oilers in such grand stages, the Titans can draw inspiration from teams like Nam Blazers, who have managed to push the Oilers to game seven last season.

KIU Titans made strategic moves to bolster their roster, signing three players from the resilient Nam Blazers team of the previous season – Collins Kasujja, Peter Obleng, and Amisi Saidi Danny. Kasujja and Obleng, in fact, returned to the Titans haveng featured for the Kansanga-based side previously.

The Titans do have quality in their own roster, including veteran Joseph Chuma, Innocent Ochera, Joel Lukoji, Isaiah Mabeny Ater, and Denis Balungu, Stanley Mugerwa among others.

The biggest challenge for the Titans will be how effectively their coaches, Julius Lutwama and Nasser Sserunjogi (who also serves as the FUBA President), can bring these pieces together to counter the formidable Oilers machine.

Notably, the Oilers had a stellar regular season, losing just one game against Ndejje University Angels and convincingly beating KIU Titans 79-51 and 80-72.

They advanced to the finals by eliminating Kampala Rockets and Our Saviour in the playoffs Quarters and Semis in that order.

On the other hand, KIU Titans have proven their mettle by overcoming tough opponents like KCCA Panthers and UCU Canons in their respective playoffs series matchups.

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