NBBF: Hoopers Bounce Back In Convincing Win Over Raiders

Rivers Hoopers have put behind them their slow start at the NBBF Premier League by demolishing new comers Ondo Raiders 85-28 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Kwara Stadium, Ilorin.

Ikechukwu Benjamin led the onslaught with 16 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal including three pointers and 3/4 from the free throw line in 18 minutes.

Solomon Ajegbeyi added 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Ajegbeyi also shot a rare three-pointer late in the game.

Other Hoopers’ players on double digit include; Ronald Alalibo, who had 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist. He also shot 4/8 from the deep while Abdul Yahaya added 10 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Rivers Hoopers failed to score in the first three minutes of the game. They however found their rhythm midway through the second quarter as they took a 22-point lead at half time but not without a huge number of turnovers (10).  The lead was stretched to 30 points in the third quarter as the two-time league champions gave more minutes to their bench players.

The Ondo Raiders who had no player on double figures were out-muscled in the paint 14-38, out-rebounded 36-68 and scored fewer points from the bench 16-61.

Hoopers assistant captain Ronald Alalibo confirmed match rustiness is responsible for their slow start.

“The team have been preparing for this task but inasmuch as we prepared we were match rusty at the beginning of the first quarter and the second quarter. It was much of a struggle for us but towards the end of second quarter we picked ourselves up and we took it from there. I hope we get better going forward.”

Rivers Hoopers next match is against Benue Braves on Tuesday October 22.

Rivers Hoopers To Withdraw From Maiden FIBA Africa Basketball League

Rivers Hoopers To Withdraw From Maiden FIBA Africa Basketball League


Rivers Hoopers have decided to withdraw from the FIBA Africa Basketball League due to financial reasons.

With only a few days left to its opening game, the team is still in Port Harcourt with little or no funding to travel to Morocco to honour the fixtures.

General Manager of the club, Ifie Ozaka, said the club was considering sending a letter to FIBA, notifying them of Rivers Hoopers’ intention to pull out of the competition.

Ozaka, however, urged the club’s sponsor, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike to see to the team’s plight.

A potential withdrawal of Rivers Hoopers from the ongoing FIBA Africa Basketball League will lead to a ban from subsequent FIBA Africa Club competitions and a huge fine for failing to participate.

Rivers Hoopers are scheduled to play against hosts, AS Sale on Friday, March 1, 2019.

NWFL: Obuah Congratulates Rivers Angels For Emerging As Winners

NWFL: Obuah Congratulates Rivers Angels For Emerging As Winners The President, and sole sponsor of Go-round Football Club of Omoku, Felix Obuah, has commended the Rivers Angels Football Club of Port Harcourt for winning the 2015/2016 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL).

Obuah, in a statement signed by his Spokesman, Jerry Needam, in Port Harcourt, said the victory of the Rivers Angels is a testimony that they are truly the “undisputable queens of soccer” in the country, having also lifted the 2016 Women Federations Cup.

He applauded the angels for their hard work and determination which he said, crowned their effort with a third consecutive league victory, adding that the proud Rivers ambassadors have also set a record as the only female team to win the NWFL five times.

Obuah, who is also the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state, added that the victory of the team represents another milestone by Governor Nyesom Wike whose passion for sports development is unrivaled.

He described Wike’s administration as a story of sporting glories, recalling recent achievements by Rivers United FC, who finished second in the Nigeria Professional Football League, as well as the exploit of Rivers Hoopers in the National Basketball League.

Obuah also commended the coaching crew for a job well done, adding that their technical and tactical inputs provided the tonic in the decisive final match against Nasarawa amazons, in which angels won 5-3 on penalties following a deadlock after regulation time.

The go-round FC boss, however charged the girls not to see their victory as the end of the contest but rather a wake-up call for tougher challenges in the new football season.

He also called on the Angels to see themselves as role models for upcoming players in the state and country at large.

“By the feat you just recorded, you have established yourselves as the all-conquering team in the country.

“You are now the team to beat and this singular achievement has imposed a duty on you to work harder to enable you defend both the federations cup and the nwfl shield,” Obuah said.

He then affirmed that the successful defense of these laurels would instill confidence in Governor Wike to do more and take the club to greater heights.

Coach Odaudu Believes Hoopers Will Perform Well

Rivers Hoopers, Basketball, DSTVThe Rivers Hoopers head coach, Ogoh Odaudu is optimistic his team will do well at the Conference play offs in Lagos.

The two-time Nigeria Basketball League Champions will fight for a place in the last four in the Atlantic Conference after finishing third in the regular season.

A confident Odaudu is working towards avoiding errors that would dent his side’s chances of playing in the finals of the current campaign.

Odaudu believes the team is learning and getting better. “We are picking up gradually and the regular season games are for you to make your mistakes and correct them going into the play offs”.

“You will see a different Rivers Hoopers team when we get to the play offs because we are not going to make the kind of mistakes we made in the league.

“You lose one, you put yourself in a very serious trouble. So we are going to take every game as it comes.”

Meanwhile, the Benue-born coach has called for strict measures to be taken on match officials who falter in their responsibilities.

“They should be strict with the table officials and the referees.

A basketball game is supposed to be played with three referees but we are managing two and when one doesn’t show up entirely, it doesn’t speak well for the game.

NBBF should take disciplinary measures on any referee or match commissioner that refuses to show up for any game.” Odaudu concluded.

The play offs has been moved by one day and will commence on Tuesday June 7 till Saturday June 11.

Basketball: Rivers Hoopers Continue Fine League Form

Rivers Hoopers, Basketball, DSTVRivers Hoopers have continued their fine form in the Nigeria Premier Basketball League with a slim 59-53 win of the Oluyole Warriors in a weary match up in Port Harcourt.

Point Guard, Chimobi Azubuike, scored 16 points while Somto Chukwu Managor and Moses Godffrey added 8 apiece and 6 rebounds in a very close encounter in Hoopers fourth straight win of the season.

The former champions went into the game in confident mood after wrapping up three straight wins. Although both sides started slowly as no shots were made in the first two minutes of the first quarter.

It was Friday’s hero, Ronald Alalibo whose shot in 8:30 opened the basket for both teams followed up by 3-pointers from the opposing side sparked the game to life.

Azubuike’s double shot with less than 40 seconds on the clock ensured the Port Harcourt side head to the second quarter with 15-13 lead.

The Petroleum Engineering student of the University of Port Harcourt continued from where he left off in the first quarter with two straight shot within few seconds of the second .The game was tied in different occasion, 2:57 25-25, 0:54 27-27 before Moses’s three point shot before the buzzer gave Hoopers the lead going to the break 30-29.

Similarly, Azubuike continued with his brilliant performance in the third quarter with two steals and it also recorded tied points from both teams in 6:26 36-36, 5:45 38-38.

The host, however, got a 10-point lead 54-44 in the fourth with less than five minutes on the clock but the Warriors successfully reduced the deficit but could not snatch the win as they were made to do catch up till the end of the game.

The excited Ogoh Odaudu dedicated the double win to Hoopers’ fans.

“It is a great feeling and it’s something we could have done over and over again during the regular season. It is the last time our fans would see us play this season so we had to give them something to go home with. So the double win was not for us but for our fans.

“If you look at both teams you could see that fatigue had set in a little bit because it was a strenuous game yesterday (Friday) both teams burnt themselves out and today (Saturday) fatigue started setting in and it was a slow and unimpressive game but most importantly is that we came out top.” Odaudu said.

Oluyole Warriors coach, Taye Shobolu hopes his team can still make the last four from the Atlantic Conference of the DSTV Basketball League.

“I am not disappointed. My players did their best and you all can see that the score is so close. Delta Force still have a game in Lagos against Nigeria Customs and the outcome of the game will determine our fate.” Shobolu explained.

Rivers Hoopers will next play Conference leaders, Kwara Falcons on May 27 and 28 in Ilorin which will be the team’s last game of the regular season. Falcons have remained unbeaten on home court.