Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club, powered by a masterpiece from Victor Anthony Koko ended the Federal Ministry for Youth and Sports final 8 in style as they beat Gombe Bulls 74-57 to claim the championship.
Victor dropped a team-high 14 points plus impressive 10 rebounds 4 blocks and 2 steals to help the Kingsmen neutralize Gombe Bulls firepower. The latter had a bright start to the first quarter, but couldn’t take the momentum to the second, allowing Rivers Hoopers to take the lead 36-31 at half-time.
Johnson Anaiye added 12 points, Oriakhi Owen and Onyebuch both dropped 10 points for Rivers Hoopers.
Yakubu Abubakar’s game-high 18 points was not enough for the Bulls, as they fall 0-2 to the Kingsmen in two days.
Oriakhi Owen was awarded a medal for scoring the highest points in the tournament, he was also included in the championship best five alongside Johnson Anaiye who was crowned the MVP of the tournament.
Earlier, Kano Pillars beat Nigeria Customs 82-64 in the third place game.
Contrary to reports going rounds, Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club are not out rightly through to the next edition of Basketball Africa League as the brouhaha surrounding the Nigeria Basketball federations lingers.