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KIU Titans silence odds with an impressive win against City Oilers


By Isaac Akugizibwe

KIU, Main Campus- KIU Titans put up one of the most exciting displays this season when they beat NBL's record winners City Oilers 75-68 on Friday night. This was a much-needed victory for the Titans after losing their previous three games.

A highly competitive and nerve fledgling game from start to finish called for the outstanding team and individual displays that kept everyone inside the MTN Arena on the edge and in absolute tension but it was KIU's Joseph Chuma who stole the show to inspire his team to victory.

Chuma scored 16 points and made 12 rebounds which eventually landed him the Tusker lite man of the game accolade.

Edgar Munaba maintained his impressive run of scoring in double-figures with 10 points,13 rebounds and two assists. The 21-year-old small forward put up some masterclass match-winning antics and looked more aggressive and hungrier whenever he received the ball. He was simply unlucky not to have scored more points.

Fidel Okoth Odour(15), Isaiah Mabeny Ater (16) and Henry Okoth(11) had double figures in points that added to Munaba and Chuma's tally that ensured, the Titans were back to Winning ways.

City Oilers star man Jimmy Enabu scored the game's highest 20 points and 12 rebounds but this wasn't enough to help the seven-time champions overcome a more determined and ruthless KIU side.

There was nothing better the Titans could offer their fans than a victory on a night when all odds were against them. And this was in fulfilment of Henry Okoth's promise prior to the game. He had assured the fans that the team was still in contention for the title and Friday's victory should be one of those statements to mark their poise.

KIU Titans Coach, Raymond Muhumuza was very concerned with how the fans felt in the last ten days. He said that the whole team worked hard to get back to where they belong and this is where the fans want it best.

"We know that previously we disappointed our fans but we kept working hard and believing in ourselves," Raymond Muhumuza said.

Now that they have rediscovered their potential, they have resolved to approach all the remaining games like each one is a according to Mr.Muhumuza, this is the reason why the Titans are becoming more physical than before.

"We know we have to play every game as a final hence the physicality," he said.

JKL Dolphins could be KIU's next victim if they come into tonight's game without taking enough lessons from the Oilers massacre.

KIU beat JKL Dolphins 61-53 in the match, a game which marked the Titans' first win in this season having failed to register a victory in the first three fixtures.