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NBL FINALS: KIU Titans Edge Oilers in Game Three


By Isaac Akugizibwe

KIU, Main Campus- The Titans put a stunning display of teamwork to secure a crucial 70-68 victory in game three of the National Basketball League finals against City Oilers on Wednesday night.

The Titans are now trailing 2-1 in the series as they gear up for a fierce battle in Thursday's game four where they seek to even the score.

The Titans capitalised on City Oilers' lapses to skillfully manage the clock, turning the tide in their favour on Wednesday evening.

The boys in green displayed some exceptional defence, especially in critical moments, and their remarkable teamwork played a pivotal role in the victory.

It was such a good night for the Titans that every player on the court contributed at least two points or more, a significant improvement from the first two games.

The marauding Innocent Ochera stood out as the game's top scorer with 18 points on top of his swift and fast ball movement which was unmatchable by the opponents.

Team Captain Joseph Chuma, with 11 points and nine rebounds, stole the spotlight with impressive blocks that had fans on the edge of their seats as they shouted his name loudly.

Peter Obleng made a crucial impact with eight points, including six from beyond the arc, and eight rebounds.

Despite not turning up at his usual best Amisi Saidi Danny helped the team to close the win with seven crucial points. Point guard Joel Lukoji added eight to the tally.

 Though not at their best, the Titans, for the first time in the finals series, excelled in three-point shooting, making eight threes out of 30 attempts (26%), compared to Oilers' four from 20 attempts (20%).

Coach Julius Lutwama trusted his bench so much that it never disappointed, contributing an impressive 30 points, overshadowing the City Oilers' bench with only 16 points.

Wednesday's Victory has restored confidence in the team and hope among the incredible fan base that showed up in huge amounts at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.

 The Titans will now focus on levelling the series on Thursday to begin dreaming again.

Meanwhile, KIU Rangers lost game three by a margin of three and are currently trailing JKL lady Dolphins 2-1 as they look to bounce back in game four, still on Thursday evening.