Posted by Equatorial Guinea Online – www.equatorialguineaonline.com
Nigerian basketballers on the court
By Femi Solaja
The Nigerian league champions, Royal Hoopers Basketball Club Tuesday recorded it first win in the on-going 26th FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men with a 111-42 points defeat of Malabo Kings Basketball Club of Equatorial Guinea to finish in the eleventh position.
According to reports from Morocco, Royal Hoopers who paid dearly for arriving late to the championship finished at the bottom of Group-B after failing to record any win until Tuesday.
Tuesday’s game was merely for the classification for the 11th and 12th positions. They rolled over the Malabo-based Kings from the blast of the referees’ whistle, winning in all four quarters by 24-10, 29-03, 28-16 and 30-13 points.
The Nigerian side out-played their opponent whose only win in the championship was the walk-over it recorded over the Nigerian side last week Wednesday.
Royal Hoopers showed better understanding of the game with a total of 40 rebounds to Kings 17, the Hoopers coached by former Nigeria international Ogoh Odaudu had a cumulative of 14 assists to their opponent 5 gave up the ball 12 times to Malabo Kings 22 turn-over had 15 steal to the Kings 7.
Royal Hoopers also had the upper hand in field goals and free-throw with 34 of 44 two-point field goal made 11 of 25 three-point attempt made and converting 10 of it 19 free-throw to Kings 14 of 31 two-point field goal, 4 of 21 three-point field goal and 2 of 8 free-throw converted.
Hoopers point guard Moses Daudu led the floor with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steal, Farouk Oyalade had a double double of 16 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steal, Musa Usman added 17 points with the duo of Mattew Onmonya and Kingsley Aguara contributing 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steal and 12 points, 4 rebounds for their side finish.
Nigeria’s second representatives, the Union Bank Basketball Club who lost to Etoile Sportive du Sahel by 69-113 in the quarter-final on Monday will take the loser between CRD Libolo Basketball Club of Angola and ASB Mazembe Basketball Club of Democratic Republic of Congo for position 7-8 today after losing its first classification game by 64-78 points to Chabab Rif ALHoceima Basketball Club of Morocco Tuesday.