By Bolaji Lawal
Kwara Falcons produced a five-star performance against Rivers Hoopers to be crowned champion of this years Kwese Premier Basketball League Conference Six in Ilorin on Sunday evening in a game that ended 68-57 points.
David Godwin once again was at the center of action. He finished 9/10 of his free throw to have a game high of 21 points and 7 rebound.
Mojuba Oyeleye also had 10 points while Hoopers Solomon Ajegbeyi dropped 17 points For the Port Harcourt side.
Rivers Hoopers opened the opening quarter the stronger side which culminated in a 9-0 run against Falcons who finish a point behind. (14-15).
Owolo side regrouped for the second quarter to put themselves in front going into the break after an 11-0 run which saw them finished with 34-27 points.
A further 21 points in the 3rd quarter Saw them stretch their lead to 12 points. (55-43).
By the fourth quarter, Falcons showed compose display to eventually win the game.
During the closing ceremony, a trophy was presented by the president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Tijani Umar alongside the commissioner for sports and youths development, Pharmacist Bolakale Nuhu to Kwara Falcons at the end of the competition.
Hoopers came second at the end of the six-day championship while Hoops&Read who defeated Customs 85-66 finished 3rd.
Customs came fourth, OluyoWarriorsors and Police Baton were fifth and sixth respectively.
Only the top four teams have qualified for the final 8 which is take place in Kano next month.
Nigerian Premier Basketball League defending champions Kano Pillars at the weekend emerged champions of the Savannah Conference Six of the Kwese Premier League playoffs after winning all their five matches played.
The Savannah Conference’s version of the Six took place at the Murtala Muhammed Square, Kaduna.
With only four qualifying for the Final 8 which has been scheduled for Kano from September 4 to 9. Kano Pillars defeated hard fighting Gombe Bulls 104-97 points in their first game, defeated Kada Stars 91-58 points, won Bauchi Net 85-44 points, fell Niger Potters 103-71 points and beat Plateau Peaks 80-64 points to maintain an unbeaten run.
Coach of the Kano-based team, Sani Ahmed, speaking on his team’s performance after the championship reiterated his club’s desire to retain the trophy after the Final 8 in Kano.
“Winning the Savannah Conference Six shows the level of consistency in the club. It also tells of the amount of hard work put in by the players to winning tournaments.”