Unbeaten Rivers Hoopers Emerge Atlantic Conference Champions


Rivers Hoopers finished the Atlantic Conference phase of the Nigeria Premier Basketball League unbeaten, winning all 8 games at the Akure center.

The Kingsmen completed the first phase of the league in style with a 86-59 win over Ondo Raiders in the final game of the Atlantic Conference on Wednesday.

Owen Oriakhi and Victor Dakoru both dropped 13 points each while Emmanuel Balogun registered 12 points and Victor Anthony Koko scored 10 points.

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Ondo Raiders were no match to Rivers Hoopers who defeated Kwara Falcons earlier in the day.

The win for Rivers Hoopers means they have won the last two games against Ondo Raiders with the most recent win coming in the 2019 edition of the Nigeria Premier Basketball League where the KingsMen won 85-28 in Ilorin.

Head coach of the Port Harcourt based basketball club, Ogoh Odaudu was excited at finishing the Conference unbeaten.

Rivers Hoopers Balogun

“As a team we feel really good even though as a team we didn’t have enough time to practice like we wanted to. We all know why we came here and it was to qualify to the final 8. We head back to the drawing board to work on the areas we did wrong and prepare for the final 8.”

Odaudu further described the win against Kwara Falcons early in the day as a “scrappy” one.

KIGALI, RWANDA – MAY 22: Members of the the Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club pose for a team photo before the start of a game against the Gendarmerie Nationale Basketball Club during the first half at Kigali Arena on May 22, 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda. (Photo by Nicole Sweet/BAL/Basketball Africa League via Getty Images)

Next up for Rivers Hoopers is the final 8 set to take place from September 26th to October 2nd in Lagos.

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