DAR ES SALAAM(FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2016) - Ugandan side City Oilers saw off Kenyan champions Ulinzi 72-49 on Friday at National Stadium to secure qualification for the FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2016.
Tournament favourites from the onset, the City Oilers showed undisputed class in their opener against Ulinzi, a 93-55 win to tip off their title ambition.
Four straight Group B wins ensured a place in the Semi-Finals against the USIU Tigers whom they brushed off 76-34 to blow the university side out.
A stake for revenge awaited the army side in the final but City Oilers were stronger than Ulinzi who found themselves trailing 18-9 in the first quarter and 33-21 at the Half-Time.
Erick Mtoro led the Ulinzi charge in the third quarter and indeed they cut down the lead to 13 points with City Oilers leading 53-40 but an explosive last quarter saw the Ugandan side seal the game off in style.
Four Oilers players were in double figures including Jimmy Enabu and Kami Kabangu who dropped 17 points apiece as well as James Okello and Landry Ndikumana added 13 and 12 respectively.
Mtoro was the only Ulinzi player in double figures with a game high 18 points but his efforts were not enough to help his side win the title.
Enabu was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament for his outstanding performance throughout the weeklong event.
Meanwhile, Patriots of Rwanda finished third after defeating USIU Tigers 67-60 in their debut appearance at the regional tournament.
Another Rwandan side Espoir made light work of the UCU Canons 69-47 to secure fifth place while the Mukono based university in Uganda had to settle for sixth place.
Tanzanian sides ABC and Savio were seventh and eighth respectively while National Engineering and Citizen of South Sudan were ninth and 10th in that order to complete the regional rankings.
City Oilers will represent the Zone 5 area at the Africa Champions Cup scheduled for December in Cairo, Egypt.
FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2016 Zone 5 Qualifiers Final Standings
1- City Oilers (UGA)
2- Ulinzi (KEN)
3- Patriots (RWA)
5- Espoir (RWA)
6- UCU Canons (UGA)
8- Savio (TAN)
9- National Engineering (SSD)
10- Citizen (SSD)