14 August 2013

NIGERIA : Union Bank Emerge Atlantic Conference Final Four Champions

Union Bank of Lagos on Monday defeated Dodan Warriors of Lagos 79-63 to emerge the champions of the 2013 DStv Basketball Atlantic Conference Final Four competition.
The two clubs would represent the Conference at the 2013 National Final Four Championships to hold later this year.
At the national championships, the two clubs would meet the Savannah Conference Final Four champions - Kano Pillars - and the runners-up - Mark Mentors of Abuja.
The dates for the National Final Four competition, to take place in Lagos, have yet to be decided by the organisers, the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF).
Lagos Islanders emerged third in the Atlantic Conference while Oluyole Warriors was fourth.
Union Bank's Assistant Coach, Chris Okoh, said after his club emerged the champions that it was a great achievement.
"It is the greatest moment in the club's history. We have had years of setbacks, but this season is just something special. The club's current players are obviously the best you can think of right now.
"We will continue to train hard and remain positive as we prepare for the National Final Four, which is the ultimate," Okoh said.
Coach Peter Ahmedu of Dodan Warriors said that he was proud of the team's second position.
He said that he was looking forward to the National Final Four.
"We played well, but luck was not on our side; we are the best team of the Conference.
"We look forward to the next and crucial event which is the National Final Four competition, where we shall prove our worth," Ahmedu said.
In the other match played at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, venue of the competition, Oluyole defeated Lagos Islanders 59-53.
The defeat halted Islanders dream of playing in the seasons National Final Four.
While new comers - Oluyole - rejoiced at picking one game out of the three matches they played, it was tears at the Islanders camp as they needed only one win to beat Dodan to the Conference's second place position.

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