Kwara Falcons basketball team were crowned champions of the Atlantic Conference six playoffs in Ilorin on Sunday.
The one week event hosted by the Ilorin based team was filled with entertainment and the best of basketball from the top 6 six teams.
Following their wins in the previous four games, Rivers Hoopers who had also won four games were the only team which stood in their way from being crowned champions.
Hoopers started on a high in the first quarter but gradually lost steam in the third quarter (42-54). At the end of the third quarter, Hoopers trailed by 12 points and missed back to back lay ups that would have made the difference in the game. Solomon Ajegbeyi who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for Hoopers was the biggest culprit of the day.
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Godwin David who continued his impressive form contributed 21 points and 7 rebounds while Mojuba Oyeleye added 10 points for Kwara Falcons.
In other games played, Hoops & Read beat Customs 85-66 points to finish third on the standings of the Atlantic Conference six playoffs. Mustapha Oyebanji scored a game high 23 points, Owen Oriahki added 15 points and 9 rebounds while Chdioje Azolibe made 11 points and 5 rebounds.
For Customs, Ayodele Seyi made 20 points, Seun Akinwale added 14 points and 6 rebounds while Dike Medina contributed 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Customs played like nothing was at stake after they had qualified for the final 8 the previous day beating Oluyole Warriors.
Oluyole Warriors on the other hand, had to play for pride when they met Police baton. Eventually the Warriors emerged winners with 66-58 points win over Baton.
Conference Champions Kwara Falcons, Rivers Hoopers, Hoops & Read and Nigeria Customs have all made it to the final 8 scheduled to take place in Kano. All four teams qualified 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. They will join Savannah Conference winners Kano Pillars, Niger Potters, Gombe Bulls and Plateau Peaks.
For the final 8 groupings, Kano Pillars, Rivers Hoopers, Nigeria Customs and Gombe Bulls have been paired in Group A while Group B has Kwara Falcons, Niger Potters, Hoops & Read and Plateau Peaks.
The top two from each group will progress to the semi finals where they will face each other to decide the two finalists of this year’s Kwese Premier Basketball League.
The final 8 will take place in Kano between September 4-9.