Rivers Hoopers head coach Ogoh Odaudu says his team need to play better when they face Gombe Bulls in their last group game on Sunday.
Despite recording two wins in their first two Group A games of the Final 8 organized by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports (FMYSD), Odaudu has demanded more from his boys.
Rivers Hoopers beat Benue Braves and Police Baton to qualify for the semi finals scheduled to take place on Monday.
“We got away with victory in both games which was the first part but I didn’t think we played that well considering the competition that is ahead of us. We need to get our acts together. Unfortunately, we won’t have the time to practice or do anything before that game but hopefully we come out victorious,” said Odaudu.
Ahead of the game against Gombe Bulls on Sunday at 5pm, the Benue-born coach expects a tough encounter against a team with similar style and structure like his.
“It’s going to be a tough game because Gombe Bulls are a more experienced side. It is going to be a better game. We are not just going to be running around chasing people all over, we are going to play against a team that has a structure just like our team. I expect it to be a lot more competitive. Hopefully we run away with the victory which is our goal because we want to come top in our group and face the second-best team in the other group.”
Odaudu is aware of the title winning tag on his team and expectations but he is hopeful they won’t bottle it.
“We have been touted as a favourite team of the people but here it is going to be on the court. They (Gombe Bulls) want to show the world they can beat Rivers Hoopers and Rivers Hoopers want to maintain their integrity and status. We are not just the chosen ones but we can actually beat Gombe Bulls so that’s the way it will look like.”