Hoops & Read basketball club of Lagos have won the 2016 Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Division One League, beating the Defenders 82-60 in the competition’s final match.
In the highly entertaining match played on Sunday at the Indoor Sports Hall of Abuja National Stadium, the winners were clearly dominant.
Hoops & Read, owned and trained by Olumide Oyedeji, a former national team captain and former NBA star, had earlier won the Atlantic Conference of the league.
The Defenders, owned by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), had also won the league’s Savannah Conference comprising seven teams from across the northern region.
NAN recalls that the two teams had been unbeaten during their conference matches.
In the competition’s third-place match, Police Baton of Lagos, owned by the Nigerian Police Force, emerged third in the league after beating Abuja All Stars 45-40.
Speaking after the matches, Oyedeji said “Hoops & Read have fulfilled their set-out goal by proving to the world that good discipline, hard work and love for education have good reward among basketball-loving youths.
“We hope to have committed sponsors in order to survive the DStv premiership league next season and beyond.”
Speaking also, Tijani Umar, the NBBF President, said the 2016 division one league was a success “with the good coordination of the officials and conduct of participating teams’’.