LAGOS (FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2017) – Nigeria side Kano Pillars secured their ticket for the FIBA Africa Champions Cup Final Round after beating Gombe Bull 75-60 on Friday in Lagos, Nigeria.
Pillars effectly took the game beyond the reach of their opponents in the second half as the Kano based side had only one point lead (29-28) when the two sides entered the locker-rooms
Veteran Abubakar Usman, led the way with team-best 13points. Ibrahim Yusuf and Dele Ademola poured in 12points apiece while Abdul Yahaya added 11.
On their side, Gombe Bulls Abdulwahab Yakubu was at his best as he recorded game-high 14points while three of his teammates including Kator Gar, Chibozor Njoku and Sylvanus Yakubu combined for 34.
Sani Ahmed’s side will represent Nigeria at the continental showpiece for the second time in a row.
The play caller thumb-up his players for a job well done and insists that they are targeting a better result than their Fourth-Place at last year’s edition.
In the day’s other game, Mark Mentors of Nigeria brushed aside the challenge posed by Customs Braves of Ghana and sealed a 73-67 win to record a 2-2 mark.
Mentors captain Stanley Gumut came up with team-best 17 in their winning cause. Wisdom Anyaoha picked 11points while Musa Usman and Alexander Ekere had 10 points apiece.
Customs Braves captain Baniba Dodzi posted impressive game-high 27 points but his contribution was not enough to save his team from defeat.