Hoopers qualify for NBBF President’s Cup Final Eight
Rivers Hoopers has finished unbeaten from the first phase of the 2019 NBBF President’s Cup after defeating Nigeria Army Rockets 93-54 in their last Group A game in Ilorin. The team have now qualified for the final eight of the league championship.
Ikechukwu Benjamin of Hoopers led the way for the Rockets’ defeat with 18 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals to keep his team ahead. His team mate, Benjamin was red-hot from behind the arc as he shot six of his 13 pointers against Army Rockets.
Abdul Yahaya made 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and block in 21 minutes to aid the Rivers Basketball side to victory over Army Rockets.
With this result, Rivers Hoopers won all five Group A games against Ondo Raiders, Benue Braves, Lagos Islanders, Police Baton and Nigeria Army Rockets to finish as group winners and top seed ahead of the final phase.
The final phase of the NBBF President’s Cup and venue will be communicated to all teams after teams in due time, the NBBF disclosed yesterday.
Rivers’ Hoopers Coach, Ogoh Odaudu said he was not happy with his team’s performance despite finishing tops in their group.
“It’s a good feeling even though I feel we should have played better than we did in our five games. So, it’s something I am worried about heading towards the final phase. We will definitely go back to work on the things we didn’t do properly,” he said.
Odaudu said he saw Kwara Falcons, Civil Defenders and Lagos Islanders as threats to his team, adding, however, that they were optimistic of picking the sole ticket to the Basketball Africa League scheduled for March 2020.
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