Kwese Premier League: Plateau vs Bauchi game moved to May 29, as Defender commends NBBF
Dapo Sotuminu, Lagos
The Kwese Premier League Management Board headed by Olumide Oyedeji, has announced the shift on date of the league game between Plateau Peaks and Bauchi Nets.
The fixture has now been moved from Thursday May 17 to Saturday May 29, this was after a meeting between the two clubs in Kano where the difficulty of Bauchi Net to play three games in one week was discussed.
The League Management Board reviewed the schedule and has approved a rescheduling of the game as it would be convenient for the team.
Meanwhile, the management of the Defenders basketball team, has written a letter of appreciation to the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Tijjani Umar, for the team’s re-admittance into 2018/ 19 Kwese Premier League.
The Defenders, were one of the few teams that boycotted the Kwese Premier League after they were wrongly advised by the Musa Kida faction of the NBBF not to play in the league.
The Director of Sports of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Commandant Titus Ayodele, wrote in the signed appreciation letter that: “This action of re-admittance into the Kwese Premier League, is a practical demonstration that your administration/board has a listening ear and is responsive to the plight of stakeholders in basketball development in Nigeria.
“We are indeed grateful for this and pledge our unalloyed support to your board in your endeavour to take Nigerian basketball to the next level. Please do accept the esteemed sporting regards of our amiable and indefatigable sports loving Commandant General.”
In the Kwese Premier League Atlantic Conference games played on Saturday May 19, 2018, Kwara Falcons of Ilorin defeated the Ejike Medos motivated Anambra Flames 69-66, Ebun Comets won their second game in the League, defeating Customs Services 80-42.
In that game Ebun Comets led although staying up at 22-8 in the first quarter, 44-25 in the second quarter, 61-29 in the third and 80-42 in the fourth. It was the coach Ayo Bakare’s tutored team’s second victory; their first victory was on Thursday against the Police Batons of Lagos which they won 93-80 after an overtime at the new home of the Atlantic Conference, the ultra-modern air-conditioned indoor sports hall of the Digital Bridge Institute, Cappa, Oshodi, Lagos.
In the last game of the day on Saturday, May 19, 2018, the Hoops and Read owned by former Nigeria national team captain, Olumide Oyedeji, consolidated their top flight campaign in the Atlantic Conference of the Kwese Premier League with 75-47 victory against Police Batons of Lagos. In the first quarter, Hoops and Read led by just one point at 12 points to 11. In the second quarter, Hoops and Read increased the lead to 36-19, while in the third quarter, they still led at 59-34 before wrapping up the game at 75-47 in the fourth to continue to pave their way from the Atlantic Conference for the top six teams in the conference. Hoops and Read finished overall third place in th 2017 Kwese Premier League.
Kwese Premier League games continue next Thursday and Saturday in both the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences.