NBBFPresidentCup: Falcons, Potters through to semis

NBBFPresidentCup: Falcons, Potters through to semis

The duo of Kwara Falcons and Niger Potters have completed the lineup for the semi-finals of the ongoing NBBF President Cup national finals.

Falcons and Potters recorded crucial victories on day three on Friday to book their tickets for the semifinals billed for Saturday.

Falcons defeated a poor Nigerian Army side, the Rockets 77-49, while Potters overcome Benue Braves 84-84 on Friday.

The side from Kwara who bounced back from their shock defeat to Raptors on day two scored 48 rebounds, 13 assists and four blocks to Rockets’ 38 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.

The Falcons were inspired by the trio of Mustapha Oyebamiji, Godwin David and Ikenna Okpaluba.

Oyebamiji had 17 points with David and Okpaluba, who also had eight rebounds, adding 16 points apiece.

However, Mohammed Musa of Army Rockets had a game-high 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

For Niger Potters, a second consecutive win by the smallest of margins sees them seal their place in Saturday semis.

Potters defeated Braves by just four points in a very pulsating encounter.

From the first quarter, it was a very tightly contested match, with Potters leading by three points (21-24) before extending their lead to 12 by half time.

Braves bounced back to cut their lead to just a point in the third quarter but could not finish the job as Potters held on for the win.

Potters finished with 46 rebounds, 13 assists and three blocks, while the Braves had 48 rebounds, 10 assists and five blocks.

Braves duo of Umar Garba and Peter Agu led with 26 points and 24 points respectively, while their teammate, David Adetutu had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

John Enudi and Gabriel Erameh were both outstanding for Potters, with 19 points each, while adding six and seven rebounds respectively.

In the remaining two matches, Raptors failed to reach their Thursday heights after falling to an 83-88 defeat to Lagos Islanders.

And in the last match of the day, it was Rivers Hoopers who came out tops against Civil Defenders following a 69-56 win for the Port Harcourt side.

With the results, all is now set for the semifinals on Saturday, Hoopers take on Kwara Falcons while Raptors will hope to bounce back to winning ways against the Potters from Niger.

 

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