Pillars in blow out win over ASPAC, Mentors lose narrowly to Bulls

Pillars in blow out win over ASPAC, Mentors lose narrowly to Bulls

Kano Pillars maintained their unbeaten run with a 81-63 points win over ASPAC of Benin Republic at the ongoing FIBA Africa Champions Cup Zone 3 Qualifiers in Lagos on Wednesday.

Azuoma Dike and Abubakar Usman both scored 15 points each, Abdul Yahaya made a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds while Lucky Subel added 14 points.

ASPAC who are yet to win a game in the championship, started well in the first half (18-17) giving the defending champions a tough battle. It was a fight to finish in the first two quarters of the game. Former Nigeria Customs star, Romaric Quenum led the way for ASPAC scoring 17 points and 7 of 9 from the free throw line. A.Yachoubou added 12 points and 7 rebounds while Msavadogo contributed 12 points and 6 rebounds.

Usman hit 4 of 8 from the arc and 9/29 three point shot was made by the entire team. Pillars built a 10 point lead with 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter and got worsened as ASPAC committed series of turn overs and 19 in total extending their lead to 20 points with 4:11 left on the clock in the last quarter.

In other game played, Gombe Bulls made it three straight wins following their 75-67 points victory over Mark Mentors.
Sylvanus Yakubu had 24 points and 6 rebounds while Abdulwahab Yakubu added 12 points and 4 rebounds.
Both teams had equal share on turn over balls (16) but we’re also poor from the free throw line. While Bulls made just 21/38 , Mentors made 9/22 in the entire game.

Wisdom Anyaoha continued his impressive form with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Ocheibi Okpe made 19 points and 6 rebounds for Mentors.
Any of the two sides could have won it late in the game but Bulls had a better advantage. Gombe Bulls had a 3 point lead with less than 1 minute remaining ( 70-67) they eventually made a 5-0 run to win it.

Thursday is rest day while action return on Friday. Kano Pillars take on Gombe Bulls while Mark Mentors play against Custom Braves of Ghana.

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