Rivers Hoopers have qualified for the finals of the 2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League with a 76-69 points win over Oluyole Warriors on Thursday in Ilorin.
Solomon Ajegbeyi continued his fine form in the playoffs season with his second double-double in two days and the sixth of the season. Ajegbeyi made 10 points and 12 rebounds while Emmanuel Balogun added 13 points.
It was a crucial game for the Warriors who had lost their opening two games and a win against Hoopers would have given them a better chance of qualifying for this year’s finals.
Orji Awusakun led two other Warriors, he scored 16 points and 7 rebounds, Sunday Aribiyun had 15 points while Richard Odo contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds.
With 4 minutes left in the second quarter, the KingsMen built a 15 points lead which was later reduced with a 7-2 run by the Warriors heading to the break.
The last quarter saw the Hoopers defense broken down by the fearless Warriors who outscored the Ogoh Odaudu led team 21-17. The Ibadan based side did all they could from the 3 point range making 4 of 19 in the game but was little too late for the Warriors.
As a result, Kwara Falcons, Rivers Hoopers and Hoops & Read have booked their places in the finals of the 2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League after match day 3 of the Atlantic Conference six playoffs on Thursday in Ilorin.
Only four teams from each of the conferences will qualify for the finals of the 2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League.
Hoopers coach Ogoh Odaudu said he is happy to qualify for the final 8.
“I feel good even though we didn’t play well like we are supposed to play. It’s still a victory and I’ll go home with it.”
“I am very happy we have qualified for the final 8, we have two more games to play and two more days to care of business,” said Odaudu.
Friday is rest day for all the teams while action returns on Saturday.