Basketball: Kwara Falcons, Nigerian Customs battle for BAL ticket on Saturday


Kwara Falcons and Nigerian Customs have booked their places in the final of the Nigeria Basketball Federation Men’s Premier League Super Eight after they brushed aside their semi final foes in the games played in Lagos on Friday.

Both teams will now be eager to capture the tournament In Saturday at the Basketball court of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos with the winner assured of the Basketball African League (BAL) ticket billed for next year.

Kwara Falcons progress to the final of the Nigeria Basketball Federation Men’s Premier League Super Eight after brushing aside Benue Braves 83 – 59 in a one sided contest.

Tolani Buhari led all scorers with 19pts, 8 rebounds and 4 assists followed by Ezekiel Adeyanju with 17 points and 7 rebounds.

The trio of JKareem, Samuel Dada and Victor Mohammed contributed 16, 15 and 10 points respectively.

Benue Braves took the opening quarter 17 – 11 but Falcons took a two point lead (36 – 34) going into halftime before widening the gap 63 – 46 and eventually wrap up the game with 24 point difference.

Falcons will attempt to pick a Basket Africa League (BAL) ticket when they face Nigeria Custom on Saturday by 4:00pm.

Meanwhile, in the second semi final, Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club failed to reach the final of the NBBF Final 8 as they were beaten 64-59 by Nigeria Customs on Friday in Lagos.

Mustapha Oyebanji led the KingsMen with 24 points, 3 of 9 from behind the arc and shot 7/8 from the free throw line in 26 minutes.

Duro Olatoye scored all his 9 points from the 3-point line while Buchi Nwaiwu and Johnson Anaiye combined for 14 points.

Following their 64-59 point loss to Customs in the semi final, Hoopers will not be at the next edition of the Basketball Africa League.

The KingsMen who represented Nigeria at the inaugural edition of the competition didn’t do well in the third quarter as a late fight back mounted in the fourth was not enough to see them go past a defiant Customs side.


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