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Mark ‘D ball: Gombe Bulls beat Kano Pillars, emerge 3rd place

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 Gombe bulls Male basketball team on Sunday in Abuja beat Kano Pillars by 67 62 to finish third place at the ongoing Elite eight finals of Mark D Ball Men s basketball Championship in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that It was a very closely fought encounter between two former NBBF premier league champions Gombe hellip
Mark ‘D ball: Gombe Bulls beat Kano Pillars, emerge 3rd place

NNN: Gombe bulls Male basketball team on Sunday in Abuja beat Kano Pillars by 67-62 to finish third place at the ongoing Elite eight finals of Mark ‘D’ Ball Men’s basketball Championship in Abuja.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that It was a very closely fought encounter between two former NBBF premier league champions.

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Gombe bulls were clearly the better side from the first quarter to the fourth quarters, showing above the Kano pillars, superiority in the match.

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The bulls, in the first set, won with a clear one point difference 17-16, in a match they dominated from the onset.

The pillars settled nerves and better coordinated in the second quarters but the bulls continued the lead with four points difference in the second quarters 39-35.

Kano pillars fought back but failed to click, allowing Gombe bulls to proceed with the lead without relenting in the third quarters 50-45.

Kano pillars tried all hard to penetrate Gombe bulls attacking strength from all angles but Gombe boys became stronger and changed their tactics.

This extended their winning to end the fourth quarter, taking the victory song by leading the game with five points difference 67-62.

Eli Abraham had the highest points of 14, followed by both Abolaji Emilagba 11 points and Chinedu Chimbou who had nine points for Kano Pillars.

For the bulls, Kanyinsola  Odufuwa had the highest points of 25, followed by Wisdom Anyaoha’s 17 and Michael Okiki who had eight.

NAN reports that both  teams are in group B.

The bulls topped the Group Table with six points, having won all three games, while Kano pillars finished as runners up with four points, having won one and lost two.

Speaking after the match, Coach Samson John of the bulls said: “I appreciate the players, we all worked together to achieve this third place rather than going back with nothing.

“ When we arrived in Abuja for this Elite eight finals, we were called “underdogs” because all eyes are on us since we are the defending champions in NBBF premier league 2017 and 2018 and there have never been any championship until now.

“I also appreciate the state government  for their support. On behalf of the team, we say thank you.”

On his part, John Idu the captain of the  team, said his team didn’t come to settle for third place in the tournament but when the table turned, there was no choice.

” But we thank God for the game played.”

NAN reports that the championship, which resumed with the ‘Elite eight’ on Wednesday, saw eight teams divided into two groups, with two best teams from each group .

They are Mo Heat of Abuja, Gombe Bulls, Hot Coal Ballers of Abuja, Kwara Falcons of Ilorin, Delta Force, Kano Pillars, FCT HardRockers and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

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