21 May 2008

NIGERIA : Union Bank struggle to beat 8-man Dodan Warriors

The fortune of Union Bank basketball club receives a boost Tuesday night after it struggles to beat an 8-man Dodan Warriors basketball club in a Lagos City League pairing.

The week-3 pairing saw the bankers who before Tuesday has recorded three straight loses in the Premier league rose from a near defeat to upstaged the Edwin Jerry inspired Warriors who led the bankers until mid-way into the last quarter.
The Union Bank side was the preseason toast of fans due to the avalanche of quality players at their disposal, players who have played for the Nigeria national team at different levels but is not finding the going too good and smooth.
The Stallion Boy as the side is also known first taste the bitter pill of defeat in the hands of Islanders followed by another lose to Ebun Comets then Kano Pillars but manage a 78-72 points win over Dodan Warriors who could not feed a full squad due to complicity in its registration with the organizers of the City league.
The Coach Gboyega Vidal tutored Bankers will Thursday take on minor, Flames basketball club in a City league match considered by basketball enthusiasts as a warm-up game before its Premier league game against Nigeria Customs basketball club on Saturday in Lagos.
Friday Ujor a key player with the Union Bank says it is good to be back in winning ways.
Ujor a former Dodan Warriors forward says the entire team of the Bode Thomas, Lagos-based side was not happy with the series of loses it has recorded so far blaming it on ill luck.
The forward who is down with an injury plead with his colleague to return the club back to it former ways.

In the first City league pairing billed for Tuesday at the sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium, Warriors Academy will lock horn against its senior side Dodan Warriors basketball club at 12.00 hours.

The match will be a kind of test-case for coaches Peter Ahmedu and Adeka Daudu as the Academy head coach, Dosu Mensah commence his two-match ban imposed on him by organizers of the City league for misconducts, Ikorodu Kings basketball club will engage Whales basketball club at 13.30 hours while Islanders basketball club will do battle against Rookies Basketball Academy at 15.00 hours.

from africabasket.com

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