The final eight Basketball Championship slated to hold Sept. 26 to Oct 2, has been shifted to a yet to be announced date.
Afolabi Oni, the media coordinator of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, in Lagos.
The statement read that Rivers’ Hoopers of Port Harcourt confirmed their status as the Atlantic Conference Kings after an eight-game unbeaten streak.
They confirmed their place in the national finals which will serve as qualifiers for the 2021 Basketball African League organised by FIBA.
Kwara Falcons in second position until their last game against Hoopers won 7 matches, losing narrowly to the eventual champions to close out their conference run with a 7-1 run.
Police Batons of Lagos did just enough with five wins and two losses to emerge as one of the Atlantic Conference’ representatives, alongside Lagos Islanders who won 4 games.
In the Savannah Conference, Kano Pillars also started their BAL qualification journey on a high note, closing their conference campaign with a commanding 83-75pts win against Gombe Bulls.
The victory over Bulls of Gombe cemented their position as number one team in the conference with Bulls coming in as second place team, followed by the Nigeria Customs and Benue Braves.
Meanwhile, following a request from clubs, the NBBF has tentatively announced a shift in the commencement date of the National Final 8 slated for Lagos.
“The clubs knowing the importance of the National Final 8 challenge asked for more time to effect the corrections noticed in their teams during the conference phase.
“Others also said players needed to recover from the rigours of the competition, while others said they needed to source for more funds”, NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida revealed.
To this end, a new date for the National Finals which was earlier slated for Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, would be announced at a later date.