Tunisian Side Defeats City Oilers 102-64

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Etoile Sportive Rades ESR, of Tunisia on Monday night stopped Ugandas City Oilers 102-64 in their first game of the FIBA African Basketball champions in Tunisia.

Tunisia's Etoile Sportive Rades (ESR) on Monday night stopped Uganda's City Oilers 102-64 in their first group A game of the FIBA African Basketball champions in Tunisia.

In a game played in the Rades Arena, City Oilers put up a good fight in the first quarter but the home side still took charge.

The first quarter ended with the Oilers trailing 21-26, before the ESR side took a 19-10 second quarter and 3-12 third quarters. The fourth quarter ended 23-12 still in favor of the ESR side giving them a comfortable win.

Tunisia's Mohammad Abbassi made a game high 18 points, while Oilers Stanley Ocitti made 14 points.
Meanwhile In the other games of the day also dominated by North African sides, Kano Pillars of Nigeria lost to AS Sale of Morocco 112-83, Inter Clube de Luanda of Angola lost stopped ASB New Generation of DRC 89-67 in group A games.

In group B, Mazembe of DRC lost to Libolo of Angola 90-65, while Gombe Bulls of Nigeria lost to USM of Tunisia 90-62.

Meanwhile City Oilers suffered a second loss to Morocco's AS Sale 91-81 on Tuesday.

It's the Oilers second appearance for the Federation of International Basketball Association African Champions cup.  Defending champions Al Ahly of Egypt did not participate in the Zone 5's qualifier in Uganda, and as a result, will not defend their continental title.The event which started on Monday will climax on December 20th.


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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.