Rivers Hoopers to represent Nigeria in NBA-FIBA Basketball Africa League next year

Ugochukwu Iwuchukwu

Rivers Hoopers of Port Harcourt will represent Nigeria in the NBA-FIBA Basketball Africa League scheduled for March next year.

The Kingsmen picked the sole ticket for Nigeria after beating Raptors 97-57 points at the final of the NBBF President Cup in Lagos.

Ikechukwu Benjamin scored 20 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals. Victor Anthony had 15 points and 12 rebound double-double while Solomon Ajegbeyi added 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists.

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Abdul Yahaya who scored nine points and four rebounds against Raptors was awarded the Most Valuable Player and also made the competition top five players.

Yahaya said, “I want to appreciate my teammates because without my team-mates I can’t be the MVP or one of the top five players of the tournament. All glory goes to God and I thank my team-mates and coaches. The real MVP is my fellow players and coaches.”

Yahaya was in the top five alongside his teammate Ikechukwu Benjamin, Ginikachukwu Godspower (Raptors), Godwin David (Kwara Falcons) and Gabriel Erameh (Niger Potters).

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Hoopers’ Victor Anthony won the highest blocked shots while Ebuka Innocent of Raptors bagged the Highest Rebounder.

Oyebanji Mustapha (Kwara Falcons) emerged the highest scorer of the competition while the highest three points award went to Ginikachukwu Godpower (Raptors)

Rivers Hoopers’ head coach Ogoh Odaudu moments after the game expressed joy over his team’s victory at the tournament.

Ogoh Odaudu said he was proud of his team’s success during the competition.

“I don’t know the word to use to categorize how I feel right now can’t find the right word. All in all, I thank God everything worked together for us. We are very happy and proud to have won this championship.” he said