Kwara Falcons Basketball Club, announces dates for its screening.
The 2-day screening exercise, would take place at the Indoor Sports Hall, Kwara state stadium complex, Ilorin.
DATE: Friday 29th - Saturday 30th March 2019.
For more Information, Contact:
Steve (Head Coach): +234803 403 667
Azeez Kehinde Bello (Secretary): +234 703 722 6754
Lawal Bolaji Shardow (Media Board Member) 08179957640
D’Tigers have been drawn alongside Argentina, Russia and Korea in Group B of the 2019 FIBA World Cup for men in China between the August 31 -September 15, 2019.
Nigeria currently 33rd on the FIBA ranking will once again be facing familiar foes and world number 6, Argentina for the third time since their last 2 previous meetings at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
It will be the first ever meeting against world number 10, Russia who are making a return to the world stage after missing out in 2014.
World number 32, South Korea will hope to put the ghost of their 2014 World cup behind them where they finished 23rd out of the 24 participating nations when both sides meet in the sprawling city of Wuhan.
Speaking immediately after the draws, NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida described the group as fair but tricky pointing out that early preparation holds the key to a successful World Cup campaign.
“Now that we have known the teams that we will face, we need to start preparations in earnest if we are to make an impact in China.
“We are going to the World Cup as the number 1 team in Africa and the first country to qualify for the world cup globally on the back of a 9 -game unbeaten streak, so we have definitely drawn some attention”, he said.
The NBBF has already commenced preparations in earnest with the D’Tigers’ head coach, Alex Nwora in talks with some key players ahead of the world cup.
“In the coming days, we shall reel out our World Cup preparation plans which will also go side by side with the African Games. If we get our acts right and get the needed players we are targeting, we can achieve a result that all Nigerians will be proud of”.
Present at the event were FIBA President Horacio Muratore, new FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis and representatives of the 32 participating national teams.
Nigeria was represented by D’Tigers Team Manager Musa Adamu and Lawal Razaq Dayo (Nigerian high ranking embassy staff in China)
The event which heralds the first basketball World Cup with 32 teams was held in front of 8,000 spectators at Shenzhen Bay Arena.
Group B, FIBA Africa Basketball League (FIBA ABL). Cotonou, Benin Republic.
At the first edition of the FIBA ABL, Defenders Basketball of Nigeria defeated host team, Elan Sportif of Benin Republic, 62-58, to qualify for the Elite 8.
Both teams came out in their AFA Sports gears and foot-locks, in a battle of the better!
The intensity was great on both sides who sought to get their second win in a bid to be amongst the top 8 teams in the African continent.
Starting at the first quarter, Defenders came up strong, finishing 19-11, but just before halftime, Elan Sportif made more points, 14-18.
Defenders increased the lead scoring more points at the third quarter, 17-11, but nearly got overrun at the last minute by Elan Sportif who made more points at the fourth, 12-18.
The slender lead of 4 points, was enough to make or break any team, depending who is on the receiving end. And this time, it favoured the Nigerian side.
#11 Ocheibi Okpe was on fire today getting a double-double: 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
#7 Ibe Abuchi Agu continued his double-digit ways; 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.
#13 Umar Garba had 14 points and 5 rebounds.
In other news, Nigerian player on the Benin team, John Owhe had the highest efficiency of 13. Generally, he secured 9 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
With the turn of things, General Manager Victor Okoro, congratulated the team for their hard work and dedication.
The Elite 8 tips off on March 22nd, 2019 and ends 14 April, 2019.
Group D: First edition FIBA Afria Basketball League, Cotonou Benin:
The Civil Defenders basketball club of Nigeria lost to ES Radès of Tunisia, 96-80.
The experience and coordination from the winning team was displayed to the detriment of team Defenders.
Team Defenders made less points in all the quarters except the fourth, which did not count, due to the fact they had conceded a whole lot, prior to the final blow of the whistle.
The boys played hard both defensive and offensively; did all they could, but it seemed luck was not on their side.
Notwithstanding #7 Ibe Abuchi Agu had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
#11 Ocheibi Okpe hit 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
#13 Umar Garba: 17 points and 3 rebounds.
Added to this, #10 Martins Ozege had a 3/3 (100%) on Field Goals.
Team defenders have the last chance to book the Elite 8 ticket as they face the host team Elan Sportif, tomorrow.
Civil Defenders Basketball Club of Nigeria, started on a high note, after defeating BC Terreur of DR Congo, 67-59.
Since inception, team Defenders never attended a basketball tournament at the continental level, let alone the first edition of the FIBA Africa Basketball League.
Furthermore, they came out with an indigenous clothing brand, AFA Sports, which provided high-quality sports outfits, gears and wears, for both male and female. AFA Sports also sponsored the host team, Elan Sportif.
The winning team started off slowly; scoring a total of 7 points at the end of the first quarter, while the opponent 18 points.
However, at the end of second quarter, both teams scored 18 points.
The turning point was the third and fourth quarters: The scores increased with Defenders pouring it in at the expense of BC Terreur.
Wearing jersey number 7, and a spectacular performance by debut D'Tigers athlete, Ibe Abuchi Agu, had a double-double of 23 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
10 of his rebounds were on the defensive end.
#11 Ocheibi Okpe had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 1 steal.
We won't forget #5 Johnson Anaiye who not only secured 4 steals, he also had a 6/6 shooting accuracy at the Free-throw line.
This first game put Nigerian fans at ease and gave hope of qualifying for the Elite 8.
Team Defenders would face ES Radès of Tunisia tomorrow in a bid to be the first team to qualify for the next round in group B.
Sports Active Wear brand, AFA Sports, enhanced its commitment to the development of African Sports by announcing its partnership with the Nigerian Civil Défense Corp Defenders Basketball Club in the on-going Africa Basketball League on Wednesday.
The Announcement was made at AFA Sport’s flagship store in Victoria Island, Lagos where the team players, coaching staff and administrators were present.
Speaking on the partnership, Bankole Abiodun, the Business Development Manager at AFA Sports stated that this partnership was birthed out of a need for quality Basketball Jerseys, merchandise and accessories to be represented on the bodies of African athletes.
“Over the years we have had African athletes turn up to competitions and gyms with poor or overused products. AFA Sports believes that athletes should have apparels that represents their physiology, environment and cultural context. Therefore, our partnership was a no-brainer to support a Nigerian team in a continental league”
The partnership will be first of the kind when a Basketball Team in the Africa Basketball League will be sponsored by a Nigerian Sports Active Wear brand.
Adetayo Adesola, Public Relations Manager at AFA Sports stated “This is the beginning of more things to come for AFA and African sports. We are open to more collaborations and sponsorships for sports teams and athletes across the continent”.
Team Manager of Defenders Basketball, Victor Okoro corroborated by stating that the Defenders Basketball Club were delighted to have partnered with an indigenous African brand that makes quality products to suit the athletes need. He stressed that this was the beginning of a long-lasting partnership the Sports Active Wear brand and Defenders Basketball.
In his statement, the Media Officer of Defenders Basketball, Ifeoluwa Adewunmi stated “AFA Sports as put their brand at the forefront of African sports and steps like this indicate a growing interest in the Defenders and the game of basketball. We hope this sets a marker for other brands who wish to invest in the Sports Industry.
AFA Sports is also a proud sponsor of Elan Sportif BBC – a basketball team from Benin Republic, also competing at the Africa Basketball League 2019 which further positions the brand as an “Africa for Africa” brand, inspired by Africans.
The Defenders will kick off their Africa Basketball League tournament on Saturday when they square off against BC Terreur in Cotonou.
Giannis, recently gave clarifications on his connection with Nigeria. According to him, his both Parents are Nigerians who relocated to Greece about 30 years ago for a greener pasture.
Giannis and his 3 siblings were all given birth to in Greece. The name "Antetokounmpo" became Giannis surname after it was wrongly spelt on his Greek passport instead of his original surname "Adetokunbo".
“I grew up in a Nigerian home,” Giannis said. “Obviously, I was born in Greece and went to school in Greece. But at the end of the day when I go home, there is no Greek culture. It’s straight-up Nigerian culture. It’s about discipline, it’s about respecting your elders, having morals.”
Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon AKA the dream acknowledged that himself and Giannis are Yoruba.
“I know from his last name that we are from the same tribe, the Yoruba tribe. His last name, which in Yoruba is spelled Adetokunbo, means ‘the crown has returned from overseas,’ ” Olajuwon said.
“I want to see where my family comes from, where my mom was raised, see my family, see where my dad was raised. That is very important. I hope my kids can do the same thing for me,” Giannis said.
With the Bucks owning the best record in the NBA, Giannis appears to be the front-runner for the 2019 NBA MVP award, competing against the likes of the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Giannis is averaging 27.1 points, 12.6 rebounds and six assists and led the Eastern Conference in All-Star votes.
We are proud of you and your parents.
Team Rivers Hoopers of Nigeria did not qualify for the Elite 8 of the FIBA Africa Basketball league, following their loss to JS Kairouan of Tunisia, 91-70.
Both teams were adjacent to each other, but as time went on the difference was clear of the more dominant side.
Although securing more rebounds for possession and scoring opportunity, the King's Men were behind in being opportunists.
#23 Abdul Yahaya managed to score 22 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist; while #14 Solomon Ajegbeyi had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assist and 2 steals; and #11 Emmanuel Balogun 10 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.
After the previous win, this match was a decider to their qualifying for the next round (Elite 8), but fell short.
In conclusion, the Nigerian team, put up a show despite setback, prior to their participation.
We wish them better in subsequent competitions.
Meanwhile, another Nigerian team, Defenders Basketball Club would be taking their shot at the tournament in Cotonou, Benin, this coming week.
Massive Congratulations to Nigerian born Adaramoye Jumoke and entire team as she helps lead her high school "Linden Hall" in the USA to a historic district championship.
A native of Ekiti state, "Jummy" as fondly called by her peers in Nigeria is a product of the grassroot development program "Possibility Basketball Academy" headed by Coach Segun Ojo. A platform used to discover and groom talents in Ekiti.
Adaramoye's prowess quickly hit a major high as she joined Linden hall, being effective on and off the rim. An amazing 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 block shots performance during the knock out matches needed by the Lions helped achieve the win they always desired.
The Linden Hall "Lions" used a 20 - 0 third quarter spree to stretch the lead over their opponents, ending the game 67 - 32 in the game against Columbia that pushed them closer to the game that clinched them district champions.
Well deserved congratulations to her and her team.
Team Rivers Hoopers of Nigeria, defeated the SLAC of Guinea win the narrowest lead, 76-75.
The heart-pounding match came to an end with a sign of relief following the blow of the final whistle, in favour to the King's men.
During the ordeal, Rivers Hoopers were in trouble attracting turnovers for easy points in favour to their opponents.
On the other hand, team SLAC always ran into foul trouble, thus giving team Rivers the opportunity to close in the gap. In fact, the last 5 points made were from the free-throw line; shot by three players.
Three players made the double-digit mark, while Victor Anthony Koko secured 9 points, 13 rebounds and 1 block.
#23 Abdul Yahaya with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assist and 1 steal
#7 Precious Saliu got 15 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal
#11 Emmanuel Balogun hit 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
Nigerian fans are hoping to see a better coordination on the offensive to defensive line and vice versa.
Team Rivers Hoopers face-off against JS Kairouan of Tunisia tomorrow.