25 April 2006

NIGERIA: Union Bank beat Customs as Warriors humiliate Islanders

Union Bank further dimmed Nigeria Customs’ chance of redeeming their image last Saturday during the second game of the Vmobile Basketball League played at the Indoor Sports Hall of National Stadium in Lagos when the former handed a 83 –– 66 points defeat to the latter. This came a day after Dodan Warriors took former giants in the Atlantic Conference on some basketball lessons with 28 point defeat. Scores stood at 91-63 at the end of the game with the Warriors proprietor, Col. Sam Ahmedu (rtd.) Stressing that the difference was that his boys were younger and hungrier for victory.

Similarly, Tapgun Rockets had a bad day in Jos when city rivals, Plateau Peaks defeated them by 84 - 64 points while the third match in the Atlantic Conference between Ebun Comets and visiting Delta Force ended without any surprise as the Akure boys overwhelmed the Asaba team 73-62 also at the National Stadium in Lagos.

Union Bank took a commanding lead with six points but the Customs side handled by Scott Nnaji who appeared jittery initially battled the Bankers who were stylish and lost some vital free throws and shots at close range to the hoop. The first quarter became a hustle game with Union Bank taking the quarter at a wide gap of 15 - 11 points. As the second quarter resumed, Usman Usman for Customs led his team’s offense, but double teaming by Union Bank kept the Custom boys at bay.

Union Bank almost doubled their lead with a second quarter score of 40 - 22 points. In the third quarter, Union Bank’s Udeme Ekpeyong appeared to have woken up from a second quarter slumber as he became a thorn in the flesh of the Customs’ defense but the Customs side would not want to go down without fighting and then picked 21 points to Union Bank’s 17 to end the quarter at 57-43 in favour of Union.

In the last quarter, try as the Customs side did, Udeme Ekpeyong propelled the Emmanuel Okolo boys to a final onslaught to leave the final score at 83-66. In the other game played in the Savannah Conference, Plateau Peaks subdued a rampaging Tapgun Rockets team with aggressive rebounding and steals to keep an enterprising Tapgun team at bay and won by 84-64.

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