Rivers Hoopers Fight Back To Beat Gombe Bulls

File photo of Rivers Hoopers in Abuja.


Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club pulled off a second-half comeback to beat rivals Gombe Bulls 69-61 to set up a semi-final clash with Nigeria Customs at the Indoor Sports Hall, Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

The group stage of the ongoing Federal Ministry for Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) Final 8 has been concluded with the Kingsmen maintaining a perfect start to the competition after winning all three games.

After a back-and-forth affair in the first half, Rivers Hoopers took control in the third quarter despite trailing at half-time (33-34).

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Johnson Anaiye had a double-double,19 points, 11 rebounds and scored 10/13 from the free-throw line adding 5 assists and 2 steals. Owen Oriakhi added 18 points, 5 rebounds and shot 7 of 10 from the free-throw line with one 3-pointer to go with it.

The two Hoopers’ guards built a strong two-man game that kept Rivers Hoopers’ offense flowing late in the game. The Port Harcourt-based team eventually extended their lead to 8 points in the last 27 seconds of the game.

Ibe Agu had 15 points and 8 rebounds while Mustapha Oyebanji scored 12 points for Gombe Bulls.

Rivers Hoopers will take on Customs in today’s semi-final clash.

Tokyo Olympics: D’Tigers Lose Opening Group B Match To Australia

D’Tigers had an impressive run in tune-up games before the Olympics, defeating the US in one of the matches.


Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team, the D’Tigers have lost 84-67 to Australia in their opening Group B match at the Tokyo Olympics.

Two weeks ago in Las Vegas, the Boomers were 39 points better than Nigeria but in today’s encounter at the Saitama Super Arena, Coach Mike Brown’s team got off to a good start but in the crucial stages of the match, poor shooting let them.

Both teams combined for 46 turnovers with Australia contributing 22. The first quarter was a tight affair, it ended 23-23 and the direction of the match was hinged on the second-quarter performance.

Australia won it 20-17. Nigeria lost seven free throws, easily they would have taken the lead into the break.

In the third quarter, the arena’s buzzer couldn’t function properly and that affected the momentum of the game. Notwithstanding, the Boomers got their shooting right, Nigeria struggled with theirs and lost the quarter 15-12.

In the 4th quarter, Patty Mills took things personally with exceptional shooting and the Boomers won 26-15 to wrap up a fine performance with defense being the main focus for coach Brian Goorjian’s team.

Mills was Australia’s best performer with 25 points while Joe Ingles and Dante Exum recorded 11 apiece. Nigeria’s Obi Emegano had 12 points, Josh Okogie finished the game with 11 points while Jordan Nwora and Precious Achiuwa recorded 10 points each.

The D’Tigers will hope to make amends when they take on Germany in their second group match on Wednesday, 28th July.

APGA Elects Victor Ike Oye As New Chairman

apgaDr. Victor Ike Oye has emerged the new National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), with the former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, clinching the National Secretary position.

Before the event started, there were rumours of a court order stopping the convention but after a directive from the outgoing National Chairman, the party’s legal adviser cleared the air.

The convention, which took place at the Women Development Center, Awka, had a total of 740 delegates from the six geopolitical zones of the country and happened eight years after the last convention was held, laying to rest projections of disintegration of the party.

The new National Chairman promised to take the party to new heights through building a new and cohesive political movement founded on mutual love, peace and fraternity, devoid of bitterness and acrimony.

The outgoing National Chairman, Victor Umeh, made a well-tailored speech on the achievements of the party and urged the new executive to continue in a higher dimension.

Moving further, the convention moved for the dissolution of the existing body of the National Working Committee, after which the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinwe Nwaebili, moved a motion for the approval of the election of the members of the National Working Committee of the party.

The nominees were called upon and with an unanimous voice vote, they were elected and sworn in.

El-Rufai Bans Fertilizer Allocation To Traditional Rulers, Others

El-RufaiKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has banned the allocation of fertilizers to traditional rulers, politicians and other elites in the state.

The Governor also directed that fertilizer stocks should be sold directly to local farmers from designated sales points.

In a statement issued by the Governor’s Spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, on Saturday, Governor El-Rufai gave the directive shortly after he paid an unscheduled visit to the fertilizer warehouse of Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture at Dankande village along Kaduna-Zaria Express Way.

El-Rufai made it clear that his administration will not condone injustice and acts of discrimination that would be a disadvantage to ordinary citizens.

During a meeting with the leadership of the Northern Christian Elders Forum on Friday, Governor El-Rufai had said that the Kaduna State Government has concluded plans to merge some of the state ministries, and also cut down the number of Commissioners into the State Executive Council in order to cut down the cost of governance.

President Buhari Leaves for G7 Summit

Muhammed-BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari will be leaving Nigeria on Sunday morning, to attend the G7 Summit that is scheduled to take place in Bavaria, Germany, from June 7 to 8, 2015.

In a statement released in Abuja on Saturday, June 6, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that the invitation was extended to President Buhari by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, even before he was sworn in on May 29 as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

”The invitation is a clear indication of the international community’s willingness to cooperate with the new government of Nigeria,” he said.

He added that President Buhari would not be participating in the main meetings, since Nigeria is not a member of the G7 group.

”He is in a group of seven other Heads of State who were called in as guests. He will equally be holding key side meetings with some of the seven Heads of State who will be convened at the summit.

”The international community is obviously acknowledging Nigeria’s significant role in global affairs,” Mallam Garba said, ”especially with the recent change in government”.

The attendees at the  41st G7 summit will include the leaders of the seven G7 member states, as well as representatives of the European Union.

The G7 member states are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and United States.

The President of the European Commission is a permanently welcome participant in all meetings and decision-making since 1981.

Spurs To Tackle Grizzlies After Overcoming Warriors

The San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference finals after closing out the Golden State Warriors 94-82 in Game Six of their semi-final series on Thursday.

Led by Tim Duncan’s 19 points, the second-seeded Spurs claimed victory on the road in Oakland to seal a 4-2 triumph in the best-of-seven series and set up a showdown against the fifth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies.

All five Spurs starters contributed to the victory by registering double figure scores to help overcome unusually subdued performances from Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli.

Parker was a dismal 3-for-16 from the floor but stepped up late in the game, scoring 10 of his 13 points in the final three and a half minutes to help the Spurs over the line, while Ginobli at least contributed 11 assists to his five-point haul.

Stephen Curry top-scored with 22 points for the Warriors but it was not enough to continue the fairytale run of a youthful Golden State side, who will expect to return bigger and stronger next season.

Golden State’s bench added 36 points to the cause, led by Jarrett Jack’s 15.

“We’re disappointed for it to end the way it did in our home court,” Curry told reporters. “We are excited about the foundation we built as a team going forward and we look forward to next year.”