Basketball: Hoppers Reclaim Top Spot In Atlantic Conference
Rivers Hoopers have continued their upward bounce on the log in Kwese Premier Basketball League Atlantic Conference.
The team are now at the summit of the log after they out-rebounded Delta Force in a 74-79 win at the Asaba Township Stadium, Delta State on Thursday.
Emmanuel Balogun led the floor for the Hoopers as he scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals.
Ronald Alalibo added 13 points and 7 rebounds while Buchi Nwaiwu made his first double digit of the season scoring 10 points and 2 blocked shots.
It took until well into the third quarter for the KingsMen to establish their dominance.
In all, Hoopers suffered a total of 32 turnovers, 14 more than their opponents, but made 47 rebounds, scoring 7 of their 21 three points shots with three of the 7 from Alalibo in the second half.
Kevin Ikhalo finished with a game high 23 points and 6 rebounds for Delta Force and Ibrahim Oyebamiji added 12 points and 5 steals while Philip Nwosu contributed 10 points and 6 steals for the Asaba-based side.
Despite a late rally by Force in the last quarter (25-17), Hoopers held on to leapfrog Kwara Falcons on top of the Atlantic conference after the Ilorin-based side lost earlier in the day to Oluyole Warriors in Ibadan.
The KingsMen have now won four games in a row since the emphatic loss to Falcons on May 25 in Ilorin.