Alex Nagbo, Two Others In Double Figures As Oilers Takes The Day!

LPRC Oilers has not been in such situation in recent times. As far back as anyone can remember, for Oilers to loose two games in the first round is like a taboo and it has tongues wagging that perhaps it is time for most of the veteran players to resign. Alex Nagbo, is saying not on his watch! He is still playing at championship level.

Just when the Oil boys needed a boost from their lost to Barrolle Alex Nagbo stepped up to give them just that. His game last night was what was needed as they were shorthand. Bulldog was absent from the game. Jethro Bing was also not included in the lineup cause of a knee injury he also picked up in the last match. He was in street clothes on the bench. You could see his knees visibly swollen through his jeans.

When initially quizzed whether LPRC Oilers were taking the match for granted being reason he was sitting out, he responded:

“LPRC don’t take any match for granted. We do not overlook teams. We come to compete and win our matches. I’m injured and that is why I’m out”

Desert Knight started the first quarter in a lively manner. They needed this game to get confidence in their new division. They had previously lost their last three games. The Knights took an early lead. They lead by three at end of first quarter.


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Even with the early start, many were not convince that it could end in their favor, “These boys, it is experience that will beat them,” remarked Sumo, a long time medic in the basketball circle. Alex Nagbo was not about to let that happen. Scoring 13pts, 3rbd 2stl, while shooting 4-12 from the field and 3-7 from the free-throw lead two others in double figures. Samuel Kpanie had 12pts,3asts, 4TO. He shot 6-19 from the field and 2-4 from the charity stripe. Samuel was also 1-5 from behind the arc.

Ernest Bestman contributed to his team victory. With his drive and kick offense, he leap frog every time into the Desert Knights paint and kicking out to a team mate. Ernest scored 11pts while dishing out three dimes. He also had a block but was not too careful with the ball, having three turnovers while shooting 3-8 from the field.

LPRC Oilers showed size and control of the boards. They out-rebounded Desert Knights 24-13, securing 12 offensive rebounds. LPRC Oilers shot 27.7%, making 26-94 field goals.  Their opponents shot 19-69 which is 27.5%.

Oilers shot better from the three points range scoring 8-27 constituting  29.6% while Desert Knights were 3-14, making it 21.4%

Desert Knights were more clumsy with the ball having a total 20 turn overs to Oilers 13. S. Stevens of Desert Knights alone had 8TOs. Stevens had 15pts, 3asts, 1stl. He will need to watch his turnovers in subsequent matches. S. Sayee was the beast for the Knights. He protected his rim well securing five block shots! He also contributed 14pts.

With the lost, Desert Knights has now lost four games in a row. They currently sit at the eighth position on the table while LPRC Oilers has maintained their fourth position. Desert Knights will have to win their remaining matches if they want a chance in the second round.

What are your thoughts? Can the Knights make the second round? Can LPRC Oilers go far with their two veterans out for a while this season?



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