Nigeria Basketball League: Teams for final eight play-offs emerge

In the Atlantic Conference, Lagos Islanders, Union Bank of Lagos, Dodan Warriors of Lagos and Oluyole Warriors qualified for the play-off.

The eight teams for the 2013/2014 National Basketball Final Play-offs emerged at the end of the Week 13 matches in the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences of the ongoing DStv Basketball League.

The Nigeria Basketball Federations, NBBF, will use the final eight play-offs to determine the winner of the season.

In the Atlantic Conference, Lagos Islanders, Union Bank of Lagos, Dodan Warriors of Lagos and the Oluyole Warriors of Ibadan qualified for the play-off in spite of one game to end the league.

The four teams are certain to compete in the final playoffs due to their number of wins recorded in the ongoing regular season.

Lagos Islanders are currently topping the table with nine wins and four losses that earned them 22 points.

The Islanders confirmed their berth in the final eight play-off after beating Union Bank 67-61 in their last match.

They have a chance of winning the Atlantic Conference title if they win their next and final regular season match against the Nigeria Customs Service on June 13.

Dodan Warriors is in second position, while Union Bank is in the third. Both teams recorded 22 points from nine wins and four loses also.

Oluyole Warriors which is in the fourth position have won their last match played in Ibadan against Customs 95-73.

Meanwhile, Islanders Coach, Lateef Erinfolami, has expressed confidence in his team’s readiness for the final eight play-offs.

“We are heading to the national final eight with high spirit in the camp having done well in the regular season.

“We are also looking forward to picking our last win against Customs.

“It is important we finish top of the conference, not only for the title but for a good seeding at the play-offs.

“Seeding us against opponents that are not too tough will help us at the play-offs,’’ Erinfolami said.

Coach Chris Nomigo of Dodan Warriors said that the most important thing now for his team was to make the final eight.

“We are happy we are in the final eight, the next step for us is to prepare well, correcting our mistakes and strategise on our game plans,” Mr. Nomigo said.

Coach Johnson Ayinla of Union Bank said that the final eight was the club’s target form the beginning of the season.

“This is where the biggest teams in the two conferences play, we are ready and very optimistic of our chances,” Ayinla said

In the Savannah Conference, defending champions Kano Pillars, who are perhaps the best team in the two conferences combined, won 12 games out of the 13 matches played.

Kano Pillars’ only loss in the regular season so far was to their conference rivals Mark Mentors of Abuja in Week 11 encounter played in Abuja in May 23.

In second position is Mark Mentors with 11 wins from 13 games played, while Gombe Bulls look good for the play-offs with 10 wins from 13 matches earning 23 points.

The fourth team from the Savannah Conference going for the national play-offs is Plateau Peaks of Jos who finished strong with six wins and seven losses, earning 19 points.

The final eight play-offs are expected to hold in Lagos in July.


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