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Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls have qualified for
the 2017 FIBA Africa Club Championship. They
will represent the zone in Tunisia.
At the end of the competition hosted by the
Nigeria Basketball Federation in Lagos between
the 11th and 18th of November, Kano Pillars
Basketball club went unbeaten winning all their 5
games played against Gombe Bulls, Aspac of
Benin Republic, Civil Defence of Abuja, Mark
Mentors of Abuja and Customs of Ghana.
Bulls only lost a game to their arch rival, Kano
Pillars on matchday 4 and beating other clubs to
lay claim to the second space and punch their
tickets to the finals for the first time in their
history.
Gombe Bulls had to wait till overtime against
ASPAC of Benin Republic on their final day of the
competition before picking their ticket to the
finals.
Kator Gar powered his team to another historic
win with 17points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds to
hand Bulls their first ever continental ticket.
Abdulwahab Yakubu with 36 minutes of action on
the court scored 16points and 4 assists while
Sylvanus Yakubu and Ibe Agu both weighed in
with 9 points apiece.
For Pillars, it was a stroll in the park against
Customs whom they blew out in the final game
of the competition played in a round robin
format.
Kano Pillars’ Abdul Yahaya emerged the most
valuable player of the tournament and one of the
tournament’s best five players.
Pillars legend, Abubakar Usman who had a
sterling outing during the competition was also
named as member of the competition best 5
players alongside Customs’ captain, Baniba
Dodzi.
Mark Mentors’ Victor Ocheibi, Bulls’ Kator Gar
completed the list

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