The Kwese Premier Basketball League opened on Thursday April 20th 2017 at the Indoor sports hall, Park B of the National stadium, Abuja.
In the matches played so far, NSCDC Defenders defeated Niger Potters of Minna 66 – 51 while Mark Mentors of Abuja beat Plateau Peaks of Jos 60 – 49.
Speaking after the game, a former player from Plateau state, Adamu Doji said that this year’s league is another opportunity to improve the standard of the game and showcase talents.
“2017 should be a year where every player should be able to pause and say yes, I have achieved playing for a team. So it all depends on what the player wants to achieve, but as for me as an ex-player, I want to see a situation whereby Nigerians and my former team are very comfortable in the league, financially, materially and otherwise.”
Also speaking, the technical adviser of Plateau Peaks, Jacqueline Niagwan commended the new sponsors of the league and the Plateau state government for their kind gesture.
“The boys are comfortable. Their feeding money and everything are coming. They are okay. They are being motivated.
“Plateau state has really tried. For us to even be here, it means something.”
Head coach of Niger Potters, Adamu Kuta says his team will bounce back from the defeat suffered in their last game in the next game.
Elsewhere, board member of the Nigeria Basketball Federation is of the view that the game Basketball is moving to the next level.
“I think we are on top of our game. We are doing what we are expected to do.”
He noted that the national league prepares players for continental engagements, and urged corporate bodies to emulate Zenith Bank and Kwese Tv and come in and provide sponsorship for the league.
In other games of the Kwese Premier Basketball League played across the country, Kano Pillars continued their title defense as they beat Bauchi Nets on the road with Class.
Kada Stars lost to Savannah Conference title contenders, Gombe Bulls, and in the Atlantic conference, Hoops & Read lost their first game of the season to Kwara Falcons.
Here are results of the Kwese Premier Basketball League games played across the country:
- NSCDC Defenders 66:51 Niger Potters.
- Delta Force 63:75 Police Batons.
- Gombe Bulls 93:69 Kada Stars
- Customs 60:49 Rivers Hoopers.
- Bauchi Nets 48:68 Kano Pillars.
- Kwara Falcons 81:73 Hoops & Read.
- Mark Mentors 60:49 Plateau Peaks