28 February 2012

NIGERIA : Power Failure Stops Basketball League Encounter

The match between hosts, Civil Defence and visiting Tapgun Rockets was abandoned midway due to power failure at the Abuja National Stadium on Sunday.
It was the second match of the day as Kano Pillars had earlier trumped Niger potters in the first game of the 2011/2012 season.
The match was, however, awarded to Tapgun Rockets because the hosts, Civil Defence, failed to provide an alternative power supply source.
Civil Defence was not only blamed for its failure to provide alternative power supply but it also lost three points at home to the visitors.
Pillars too much for the Potters
Kano Pillars kick started its 2011/2012 Basketball League season with a 75-50 thrashing of Niger Potters.
Kano Pillars' victory came after dropping the third set to the young and hard-fighting Niger Potters players.
The team from the ancient Northern city successfully took the first two quarters of the match at 18-8 and 24-9 respectively but dropped the third set at 8-17.
They, however, rallied to beat the Potters 25-16 in the fourth and last quarter to win the match.
Not good enough
Kano Pillars coach, Sani Ahmed, was not impressed by the performance of his players.
He said his players lost the third quarter of the match because of complacency.
"We were leading with 32 points until the third quarter when my players relaxed and were reduced to 25 points behind the Potters.
"I am sure they have learnt their lessons now and will not take things for granted in their next match," Ahmed said after the match.
Pride intact
Niger Potters coach, Isiaku Yahya, said that in spite of the loss, he was still proud of his players.
Yahya said that his players were able to challenge the experienced Kano Pillars in spite of the fact that they were beginners.
"We in Potters believe in using young players to enable them enhance their skill".
"In spite of the fact that Kano Pillars featured more experienced players, my upcoming players still challenged them at the third quarter, which is a good trial," Yahya said.

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