29 May 2008

NIGERIA : Niger Potters, Union Bank Abandon Game Peacefully, beat Tapgun 77-71

The first Road Trip game of the Union Bank played in Minna, Niger State ended just two minutes into the fourth quarter but the accounts of the teams involved suggest the match was abandoned on peaceful terms.

The match was halted after one of Union Bank point guards Daniel Daudu passed out on the court following a serious collision with a Niger Potters player in a lay up move, a situation that took the combined effort of both teams' medical staff to revive the player. Side court account said he ran into an elbow with his chest while at full throttle.
'But the situation got under control and the player is okay at the hospital. He responded well following the combined effort on the court and as at this time he has improved greatly at the hospital,' the Potters coach Adamu Kuta told www.fiba-afrique.org after the match played Monday night.
On account halting the game before the buzzer, the team Manager of Union Bank Rotimi Savage said the situation on ground made it very difficult for his players to continue the game.
'It a tough and emotional situation that forced us to stop playing. Nobody was sure how well things could be until much after the two teams doctors combined to give the player first aid that really saved the situation. My players were not in a state of mind to continue the match. There was no disagreement or hostility but we just could not continue,' he said.
The Potters coach said the final decision was left for the Match Commissioner whom the Union Bank official spoke with before the match was called off.
'After the treatment, the Union Bank players did not return to the court as we expected.
But I know Savage (team manager) spoke with the Match Commissioner and then the game was called off. So I guess it all now depends on the report of the Match Commissioner,' Adamu said.
Potters who were playing on home court were leading at 78-61 before the match was abandoned. The match was the first for the road games for the Bankers who are playing through the Savannah Conference. They defeated Tapgun Rockets in Jos today by 77-71 points.
The train of the Stallions Boys as the bankers are also known move to Bauchi where they are expected to slug it out against Yelwa Hawks (Thursday) and Bauchi Net on Friday.


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