Two unbeaten sides, Kwara Falcons and Gombe Bulls recorded road wins last weekend in the Kwese Premier Basketball League. Kwara Falcons defeated newly promoted Anambara Flames in the Atlantic Conference while Gombe Bulls beat another newbie, AHIP Giants in the Savannah Conference.
Chimbuo Chinedu and Mustapha Oyebamiji both scored 13 and 12 points respectively to lead the Ilorin based side to a 69-63 win over Anambra Flames in Lagos. Ojo Adeolu had 19 points and 7 rebounds while Chijioke Azolibe scored 14 points for Flames.
In other games played in the Atlantic, Comets won their second straight game trashing their city rivals, Nigeria Customs 80-42 in Lagos. Bolaji Emilagba continued in his fine form for Comets with 26 points and 4 assists in 25 minutes. He scored 4/4 from the free throw line and 4 of 9 three pointers. Duro Olatoye finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds with 3/6 from the deep.
In Asaba, Delta Force bounced back from their three game losing streak to beat Oluyole Warriors 66-63. While Hoops & Read outplayed Police Baton 75-47 in Lagos. Baton have only one a game in five this season (1-4) against Delta Force. Victor Komo had 16 points and 4 rebounds 8/12 from the field while Frank Okafor scored 18 points and 4 rebounds for Police Baton.
In the Savannah Conference, it was battle of two former assistant coaches of the senior men’s national team, D’Tigers, Abdulrahman Mohammed of Bulls and Aderemi Adewunmi of AHIP Giants. Mohammed-led Gombe Bulls emerged winners over Kano based AHIP Giants 78-60 in Gombe on Sunday. Four players finished on double figures for Bulls. Kator Gar led the way with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assts and 4 steals, Wisdom Anyaoha, Afaupe Okiki and Yakubu Sylvanus each scored 11 points.
In other games, champions Kano Pillars became the first team to score over 100 points in a game this season beating Niger Potters 108-94 in Kano and halting their 3 game winning streak. Celestine Nwafor was among the top performers in the game. He scored a double double-double, 12 points and 11 rebounds, Azuoma Dike added 16 points and 4 assists, Abdul Yahaya had 15 points and 3 assists, Dele Ademola 14 points, 8 rebounds, Stanley Gumut (13), Timothy Kwoar (11) and Abubakar Usman (10).
Gideon Omuludu (28), Umar Yelima (22) and Abdulmalik Onoku (21) scored for Niger Potters.
Despite the big performance from Pillars, they suffered 22 turn overs in the game with Gumut the biggest culprit (5).
Plateau Peaks yet to win a game this season, once again lost 64-72 to Civil Defenders in Jos. While the win marks Defenders’ first win this season.