By Spy Uganda
Uganda’s City Oilers took the last ticket to the Basketball Africa League (BAL) 2023 after beating Urunani in the Third-Place playoff game in the Road to BAL Elite 16 Division East Group F at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg on Sunday.
The Oilers won the game 71-62. The win over Urunani is a sweet revenge for the Oilers, who lost to the Burundian club in the preliminary qualifiers last month in Tanzania.
The game from the tip-off would be a dogfight, and at the end of the first half, Oilers went into the quarter with a one-point lead (27-26).
His scoring form was what the doctor ordered for the Oilers. Roebuck Jr’s double-double (20 points and 11 rebounds) helped to carry the Ugandan club to their first BAL tournament.
Big man Ngor Barnaba’s and shooting guard Fayed Baale’s 12 points also contributed to the Ugandan club closing out their Elite 16 campaign on a high.
“It’s emotional right now because we worked so hard to get here. Now we have finally done it. Today I started a little slow, but I knew could not let my team down. So when the second half came, I knew I had to come out aggressively in the game,” said City Oilers guard Germaine Roebuck Jr.