By Joe Apu
Two Nigeria sides, Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls on Saturday secured tickets for the FIBA Africa Champions Cup Final Round in Tunisia.
Kano Pillars finished top of the six-team round robin and retained the FIBA Africa Zone Three Qualifiers trophy.
At the end of the competition hosted by the Nigeria Basketball Federation in Lagos between the 11th and 18th of November, Kano Pillars Basketball club went unbeaten winning all their 5 games played against Gombe Bulls, ASPAC of Benin Republic, Civil Defence of Abuja, Mark Mentors of Abuja and Braves Customs of Ghana.
Bulls only lost a game to their arch rival, Kano Pillars on matchday 4 and beating other clubs to lay claim to the second space and punch their tickets to the finals for the first time in their history.
Gombe Bulls had to wait till overtime against ASPAC of Benin Republic on their final day of the competition before picking their ticket to the finals.
Kator Gar powered his team to another historic win with 17points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds to hand Bulls their first ever continental ticket.
Abdulwahab Yakubu with 36 minutes of action on the court scored 16points and 4 assists while Sylvanus Yakubu and Ibe Agu both weighed in with 9 points apiece.
For Pillars, it was a stroll in the park against Customs whom they blew out in the final game of the competition played in a round robin format.
Kano Pillars’ Abdul Yahaya emerged the most valuable player of the tournament and one of the tournament’s best five players.
Pillars legend, Abubakar Usman who had a sterling outing during the competition was also named as in the competition best 5 players alongside Customs’ captain, Baniba Dodzi.
Mark Mentors’ Victor Ocheibi, Bulls’ Kator Gar completed the list.