November, 14 2021.
KANO PILLARS 65-53 KWARA FALCONS
Kano Pillars were made to struggle to seal a semifinal berth during the last Group B game of the Nigeria Basketball Federation Final eight with a 65-53 pts win against Kwara Falcons
Coach Sanni Ahmed led team were slow to come out of the blocks after losing the opening quarter 12-10 to the more pacy Falcons. Abraham Usman contributed 18pts to help lift Pillars to victory.
At halftime, pillars led by four points 28-24 but Kwara Falcons enjoyed a 7-0 run to tied the game 44-44 at the third quarter.
Lordprince (18) and Victor (10) paced Falcons for a combined 28pts which couldn't stop them from exiting the championship.
The results sees Pillars setup a semifinal clash against Arch-rivals Gombe Bulls on Monday
BENUE BRAVES 59-61 POLICE BATON
Police Baton had the duo of Malu and Lawson to thank for notching a double double against Benue Braves, to get a win during one of the last games in group A.
Lawson drop a game high of 22pts, 18rebounds while Malu recorded 16pts & 11 rebounds.
Both sides had already exited the championship but still gave a good account of themselves in front of the crowd at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Moshood Abiola Stadium.
Police carried a six point lead at halftime 38-32 but it was a nervy ending against the Braves who fought till the last moment of the game with just two points separating both sides.
Jimoh had 11pts, 6 rebounds for Braves while Sunday added 10pts.
RIVERS HOOPERS 69-61 GOMBE BULLS
Anaiye Johnson scored 19pts, 11 rebounds to help Rivers Hoopers sealed top spot in Group B against Hard fighting Gombe Bulls in a thrilling contest.
Both sides already had two wins each going into the game but top spot was at stake.
Owen Oriakhi added 18 for Hoopers in a game that had 10 lead changes. Gombe Bulls who led by a point at the break 34-33, relied on the duo of Ibe Agu and Mustapha Oyebanji who had 15 & 12 pts respectively.
With this outcome, Rivers Hoopers will engage Nigeria customs who came second in group B in the other semifinal fixture billed for Monday.