Hoops & Read make dominant entry into Kwese PBL

Hoops & Read are now 2-0 after defeating Nigeria Customs and NAF Rockets in back-to-back games. (Image: Otaobayomi Oluwanioje/Bball Naija)

Hoops & Read made a statement in their debut into the Kwese Premier Basketball League by wining back-to-back games against Police Baton and NAF Rockets.

In their first game in the PBL, Hoops & Read pulled away with a 64-58 win against the Police Baton as the season began on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.

The rigours often associated with playing back-to-back games did not affect their performance in their second game as they handed the NAF Rockets a 71-69 defeat to move up 2-0.

Prior to their debut in the PBL, Hoops & Read, founded by former captain of Nigeria D’Tigers, had a perfect run in the National Division I Championship last November, where they qualified for the big league in an 8-0 run.

In other games played in Week One of the Kwese PBL, Kwara Falcons handed a 63-50 defeat to Nigeria Customs on the back of Oyeleye Mojuba’s 14 points and 4 rebounds.

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Sarah Imovbioh joins Atlanta Dream training camp

The Atlanta Dream have signed Sarah Imovbioh to a training camp contract, the team announced on Tuesday.

Imovbioh made her professional debut for C.R.E.F. Hola during the 2016/2017 season where she averaged near double-doubles in points and rebounds. The Nigerian-born forward recorded 10.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game for the Spanish team in 26 games.

Prior to entering into the professional ranks, Imovbioh was a member of the 2015/2016 South Carolina team that reached the NCAA Women’s Sweet Sixteen, where she contributed 4.3 points and 5.0 rebounds and featured in every game during the tournament.

The 6’2 forward also played at Virginia from 2013 to 2015, where she ranked top 15 in rebounding and top 10 in field goal percentage in the Atlantic Coast Conference for three straight years.

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NBBF inks $12 million deal with Kwesé as league sponsor

KweséSports has been announced as the new title sponsor for the Nigeria Men’s Premier Basketball League on a 5-year deal worth a total of $12-million.

NBBF president Tijani Umar made the announcement during the formal signing of the agreement and unveiling of the title sponsor in Abuja.

According to Umar, “henceforth the Men’s Premier Basketball League will now be called Kwesé Premier Basketball League”.

He added that the ground-breaking sponsorship deal, which will span the 2017 to 2021 seasons, is at a license fee of $2.2-million per season for all NBBF events, including the Women’s Premier Basketball League.

The per season deal is bigger than the previous four-year deal with the former sponsors, which was worth $1.5-million for the duration of the four-year sponsorship deal.

The new season begins on Thursday, 13 April in Lagos and Kwesé will show the Hoops & Read vs Police Baton clash LIVE and FREE on Kwesé Free Sports at 17:00 (CAT), followed by the Customs vs Kwara Falcons match.

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Max International chips in donation for injured Kano Pillars player

Max International on Monday donated drugs worth of $500 and a cash sum of 50,000 naira to former Kano Pillars Basketball player, Adebayo Adeniyi who was involved in a ghastly auto crash in 2016.

The presentation was done by Rev. Darlene McGregor on behalf of the US based pharmaceutical and Wellness Company to the player whose career came to an abrupt halt following an accident on his way to Lagos from Kano after the 2016 regular season campaign with Kano Pillars in the DSTV men’s basketball league.

According to McGregor, the company’s representative in Nigeria got wind of Adebayo’s condition in the media and felt there was a need to help in any way possible to aid his recovery in line with their company’s policy.

She said it was imperative that the player benefits from the new medical breakthrough technology relatively new in Nigeria.

In his reply, the former Union Bank basketball player thanked Max International and McGregor for their benevolence which is coming as a huge boost for him on his road to recovery.

“This singular act has lifted my spirit and given me a new sense of belief that with the right support ,  I can still bounce back.”

He expressed deep gratitude to Nigerians who have continued to support him through the “Save Adebayoor Godson’s Hand appeal fund” as he used the medium to appeal to other well-meaning individuals to come to his aid in his drive to return to the basketball court.

“I have basically spent all my money on hospital bills, drugs, surgery and physiotherapy.

From the recent medical visit to a specialist, I have been told that I will need to go for another corrective surgery before I can gain full control of my fingers.

Basketball is the only thing I know how to do best and I want to play the game again,” the player passionately appealed.

On his part, a member of the Save Adebayoor Godson’s Hand appeal fund committee, Oni Afolabi thanked Benjamin Peter, a United States of America based Nigerian Doctor and Vice President, Business Development – North America and Africa regions, Max International, for serving as the link between the committee and their partners in Nigeria.

He described the decision of Max International as overwhelming and worthy of emulation.

“Things are looking bright as more people continue to show concern for this noble cause which is fast gaining ground like wild fire.

In the last one week, the committee has been wowed at how much we can achieve as people when we come together with unity of purpose.

We implore more Nigerians to give to this noble cause as the player prepares for a final surgery.”

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Zenith Women’s Basketball League tips-off on winning note for Dolphins, First Bank

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First Bank Basketball Club began the 2017 Zenith Women’s Basketball League in a typical winning fashion, rolling over the Nasarawa Amazons 89-22 at the indoor arena of the Abuja National Stadium (Package B) on April 10, 2017.

The defending champions are the favourites for the 12th edition of the women’s basketball league, boasting team that includes players for the Nigerian national team.

Dolphins also had an easy ride in their season opener, by handing a 97-60 blowout defeat to the Abuja-based FCT Angels.

IGP Queens were, by far, the biggest winner of the day in margin as they held the Ekiti Angels to a meagre 19 points the entire game, while they poured 100 points into their opponent’s basket.

The first phase of the women’s league is being hosted in Abuja. Second phase of the league is yet to be announced.

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