Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |Â Pre-tournament favourites City Oilers of Uganda and Patriots from Rwanda will contest Saturday’s final of theÂ FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Basketball Championships at Lugogo.
Patriots silenced the partisan Ugandan crowd at Lugogo by snatching a place in the final at the expense of fancied Power, who failed to respond to a flying start by the visitors.
The Patriots took an 18-10 quarter one lead, held on 35-32 at half time and when they stretched it to 57-48 in the 3rd quarter, the final place was in sight.
It was the first loss of the tournament for Uganda’s Power, who finishing in the semifinals will be no consolation for all their ambitions.
In the other semifinal, City Oilers also got off to a flying start against Kenyans KPA, leading 23-14 in quarter one, 40-23 at half time, 51-39 in the third quarter to seal a place in their second straight Zone 5 Championships final 73-65.
The winner of this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2017 that will be hosted in Tunisia in December.
The women’s round robin tourney saw UCU suffer their first defeat of the tournament on Friday, falling 77-66 to fancied Kenyans Equity Bank.
Kenyan sides Equity and KPA, and Ugandan team UCU remain favourites to snatch the top two places.
The top two teams from this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women 2017 set to be held in Angola from November 3-12.