Kano Pillars and Nigeria Customs are the finalists in this season’s DStv Premier Basketball League Final 8.
Lagos-based side, Nigeria Customs, on Friday beat Rivers Hoopers 69-47 to reach the final, subsequently ending the newly promoted Hoopers’ fairy tale run.
Somtochukwu Managor scored 16 points, 11 rebounds in his 24 minutes of play on court but that was not enough to salvage a win for a less-inspiring Hoopers side who were muscled out by Customs’ Solomon Ezra who had a game high 21 points, 14 rebounds while also contributing 4 blocks.
The Port Harcourt side ironically had a better first quarter despite losing it 11-19, but struggled in the remaining quarters (22-39, 35-54, 47-69) and could hardly make easy baskets, allowing the Lagos side capitalise on their errors with domineering offensive shots.
In the other semi-final game, Kwara Falcons were beaten 71-56 by former champions and tournament favourites, Kano Pillars, who narrowly lost in the finals last season against Mark Mentors.
Hoopers will return to the court of the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, on Saturday for the third and fourth classification game against Atlantic Conference winners, Kwara Falcons, while Kano Pillars will face Nigeria Customs in the finals same day.
As stated by the League sponsors, the third place playoffs and the finals, which will take place on Saturday at 2pm and 6pm respectively, will air live on SuperSport 5 HD (DStv channel 225); SuperSport Select (DStv channel 233) and SuperSport GO Select (GOtv channel 30).
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