13 June 2007

NIGERIA : City league Final-4: Union Bank battles Warriors, as Comets take on Bullets

The 3rd edition of the Lagos City league enter a crucial stage Wednesday as the four surviving teams (Union Bank, Dodan, Ebun Comets and Kennys' Bullets) battle for a grand finale tickets.

The four teams emerged after seeing off their quarter-finals opponents last weekend at the sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium with Union Bank beating Warriors Academy 100-63 of (24-23, 21-10, 29-20 and 26-10) with Union Bank versatile guard Cameroon-born William Ndoumbe leading the floor with 20 points while the trio of Kingsley Aguara, Azuoma Dike and Rasheed Bello contributed 14, 12 and 10 points respectively for the bankers. Warriors Academy's forward Olaide Adeogun netted 17 points for his side with guard Adeola Ajayi scoring 14 points.

The quarter-final match between Dodan Warriors and Chariot was a classics with Warriors coordinator Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd) taking charge of affairs on the bench leading the Warriors to a 78-76 points win over the Chariot (18-21, 26-20, 14-21 and 20-14), Warriors trio of forward Michael Uma-Okoro, guards Ibrahim Adamu and Edwin Jerry contributed 15 points each with Nosa Omorogbe having his name on the scorers sheet with 12 points to set up the stage against Union Bank in the opening game of the final-4, while Chariot Okechukwu Anonye's 14 points was not enough to save his side from defeat.

Ebun Comets basketball club almost bite the dust in its quarter-final match against more determined Police Bombers basketball club who led from the blast of the referees' whistle only to give up in the dying minute of the action packed encounter with Comets forcing a tie on two ocassions in the fourth quarter (54-54) and (59-59) before Comets forward Dennis Ebikoro inflicted the most painful injury to the already open wound of the Bombers for a 60-59 points victory (08-15, 20-18, 13-16 and 19-10) with Bombers guard Kayode leading the floor with 22 points, Ebikro scored 20 points for the Comets while guard Ayodeji Egbeyemi whose repeated three-point shot brought Comets back into the game contributed 17 points.

The last quarter-final match between former Premier league champion, Islanders and City league defending champion Kennys' Bullets was a real battle as the Toyin Sonoiki Islanders did not want to give in to newly formed Bullets a third time having lost twice to the Ogoh Odaudu and Lateef Folami tutored Bullets during the regular season of the league.

It was a game the Bullets players playing without its inspirational off-guard Abdulrahman Mohammed, but relied on the experience of former Comets captain, Baba Jibril to see them through the difficult match which they won by 68-60 points of 20-11, 14-14, 15-14 and 19-21 to book a place in the final-4 with Jibril and Samson John scoring 19 points apiece for the Bullets while Nigeria U19 national team invitee point guard Michael Ohiero netting 13, Islanders Chiwendu Nwaigbo who was formerly with the Bullets led his teammates on the scorers chat with 15points with forward Azeez Oladimeji contributing 10 points for his side.

Comets and Bullets will take to the court in game-2 of the final-4 series at 4.00pm Wednesday with all four team observing Thursday as rest day while hostilities will resume on Friday with Comets battling Dodan Warriors at 2.00pm and Bullets taking on Union Bank at 4.00pm.

The final-4 series will climax on Sunday with Union Bank taking on Comets while Warriors and Bullets will lock horn at 4.00pm with the two top teams starting a Best-of-3-Game series from Thursday, June 21, a new innovation which has receive commendation from lovers of the game.


Final-4 Pairing:

Wednesday: 13/06/07
Union Bank Vs Dodan Warriors - 2.00pm
Ebun Comets Vs Kenneys' Bullets - 4.00pm

Friday: 15/06/07
Ebun Comets Vs Dodan Warriors - 2.00pm
Kennys' Bullets Vs Union Bank - 4.00pm

Sunday: 17/06/07
Union Bank Vs Ebun Comets - 2.00pm
Dodan Warriors Vs Kennys' Bullets - 4.00pm

by Olusegun Ikuesan

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