Pillars beat customs to win fifth DSTV Basketball League title
The game, held at the indoor sports hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, witnessed a high level of tactical expertise from both teams, with the Customs giving Pillars a good fight in the first quarter of the game. Customs led in the first quarter by 17-13 points.
But the champions came back after the break, with the fire power and experience of Captain Matthew Omonye and Abubakar Usman pushing the Kano team to equal scores and eventually go ahead by 41 to 24 points.
After much pep talk from Customs Coach, Scott Nnaji, the Lagos-based side tried to comeback, but the taller and mobile Pillars’ defenders had a free day countering every move they made.
Kano Pillars eventually sealed the game by 71 to 53 points to win the DSTV Basketball League title.Speaking after the tie, Pillars’ Coach, Sani Ahmed, said his players won the championship because they had a solid defence, which was effective all through the league.
“I am happy for this victory. My players worked hard to achieve this feat. The secret of winning the championship is based on the success we achieved in building a solid defence and creating chances when it matters. With this victory, Pillars will not relent to continue giving its best in future engagements,’’ he said.
To Customs’ Coach, Scott Nnaji, his team’s defeat was due to players’ fatigue.“My players had been really busy throughout the league. This is why they had fatigue problem in the game. Also some of my players left for other clubs this session, which also had an effect on the team. But thank God we qualified for the final of the league… this shows the team is on the right track. The players gave their best and I commend their effort,” he noted.
In the third place game, Rivers Hoopers defeated Kwara Falcons 59 to 57 to clinch the bronze medal. Abubakar Usman of Kano Pillars was awarded the MVP of the league.