Basketball: Kano Pillars knocked out of African Championship

The team won one match in six.

On the final day of group matches, Nigeria’s sole representative at this year’s African Champions Cup taking place in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, failed to qualify for the later stages of the competition.

Playing against Tunisian side, ESS, Pillars needed a win to have any chance of qualifying for the Quarter Finals of the competition.

In a frantic start to the game, Pillars at one time went down by 14 points, they fought back and put up a relentless effort to close the gap to 1 point with less than five minutes left in the game. But further down the stretch, some excellent shooting by ESS allowed them to take back control of the game, ensuring them victory and qualification to the final round.

Kano Pillars finished in 4th place with 6 points from 5 matches after registering 1 win in 5. Veteran guards, Stanley Gumut and Abubakar Usman, were the best players for Pillars in the tournament.


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