Niger Potters of Minna emerged as the first team to book a place in the Final 6, which is the grand finale of the play-offs of the Kwese Premeir Basketball League. They qualified after beating Plateau Peaks 91-82 points in the ongoing Conference Six holding at the Indoor Hall of the Murtala Square in Kaduna on Thursday.
Winning all their three games to confirm their place at the Final 8 of the league to be played in Kano next month, Potters edged Plateau Peaks with 9 points at the end of the game. Potters and Peaks shared the spoils in the first quarter with 16 points each but took the game to their opponents in the second quarter and won it with a 43-35 points lead before consolidating with a 58-52 points win in the third quarter and ending the game 91-82 points.
Sabo Gabriel was the highest scorer in the Potters’ team garnering 24 points with Wisdom Prince scoring 21 points and Umar Alhaji finishing among the top scorers with 20 points.
In spite of Plateau Peaks Kelvin Pam’s 25 points finish ahead of any scorer on the night, his team fell to the collective team work of the Minna boys.
According to Niger Potters coach, Adamu Abdul, winning all three first games and booking early ticket for the Final 8 is a good development since it would help the boys not to be under pressure even though it does not mean they will want to end their winning streak. “I am happy with our early qualification and it goes to show that our hard work has paid off. It was not that the teams were weak because no team in the Conference Six is a push over. We took our chances and good preparation coupled with the element of luck helped us.”
Coach Abdul also said a big foe is still ahead to contend with. “Even though we have qualified, we won’t want to drop any game but we still have a big foe Kano Pillars to contend with. It is our utmost desire to beat them and know that we have edged past our strongest opponents. Our primary aim in this championship is to win the trophy and qualify to play continental basketball.” He said.
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