Nigerian representatives, Rivers Hoopers lost their opening game of Basketball Africa League at the Kigali Arena to a J.Cole inspired Rwanda Patriots by 83-60 on Sunday.
Interestingly, the American rapper made his professional basketball debut against the Port Harcout based side and it was a 23 point blowout loss for Coach Ogoh Odaudu’s side.
Taren Sullivan led the KingsMen with 15 points and 6 rebounds in the defeat. Rivers Hoopers led at the end of the first quarter 18-17 but Hoopers’ dominance did not take long as Patriot’s Prince Ibeh showed class with some monster dunks, coupled with Brandon Costner’s impressive threes from beyond the arc.
Patriots led 26-16 imeh scored a double-double 11 points 11 rebounds, while Brandon Costner added 20 points helping Patriots Begin BAL with an impressive win.
Despite the defeat, Rivers Hoopers guard Ben Uzoh made history by being the first player to make the first basket of the Basketball Africa League.
Next game for Rivers Hoopers will be against Tunisian side US Monastir, on Thursday, March 20th at 4:30pm Nigerian time.