18 June 2007
NIGERIA : Its Union Bank, Warriors for Grand finale
The series will start on Thursday with the two finalists, Union Bank basketball club engaging Dodan Warriors basketball club in Game-1 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Lagos National Stadium at 15.00 hours local time.
The clubs booked a grand finale ticket at the weekend at the expense of Ebun Comets basketball club and defending champion, Kennys’ Bullets basketball club who will now settle for the third place match slated for Saturday same day as Game-2 game of the series between the Stallion Boys as the Union Bank is known and the Warriors.
Ebun Comets basketball club coached by former Nigeria national teams handler, Ayodele Bakare won a face saving game against Union Bank on Sunday by 78-76 points but the win was not enough to stop the Gboyega Vidal tutored bankers from moving ahead as it has won its first two matches against Dodan Warriors Wednesday (91-88) and Kennys’ Bullets Friday (90-73) and Warriors winning a big match against the Bullets 78-67 points to set-up a final duel against Union Bank.
Louis Edem Ekpeyong led the floor in Union Bank lose to Comets with 24 points with contributions from the duo of Kingsley Aguara and William Ndoumbe with 19 and 10 points respectively while Comets points guard, Orseer Ikyaator was spectacular on the victory night with 23 points, forward and member of the Nigeria team to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia Dennis Ebikoro netted 20 points while Junior Tigers small forward George Ehiagwina added 12 points for the Comets.
In the game between the Warriors and the Bullets Junior Tigers invitee Mohammed Bukar led the Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd) Warriors with 18 points as the trio of Ibrahim Adamu, Nosa Omorogbe and Michael Ani contributed 16, 11 and 10 points each, Bullets points guard Michael Ohiero netted 17 points for his side with contributions from Dare Borokini (16), Samson John (13) and Baba Jibril (12).
By Seinde Ikuesan