Kano Pillars of Kano, on Monday opened their Savannah Conference Six play-offs with a big win over arch rivals Gombe Bulls with a 104-97 win over Gombe Bulls which came second behind the Kano side after the regular season.
Star man for Kano Pillars, Abubakar Usman, who has also won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the league several times spearheaded his team’s massive score line with 29 points while Lucky Subel, Azouma Dike and Dele Ademola contributed 18, 15 and 12 points respectively to be mentioned among those that scored above 10 points in the game that thrilled fans inside the Murtala Square Indoor Hall in Kaduna.
In the high scoring game on the opening day, Sylvanus Yakubu, also put up a splendid performance to lead his team’s scoring chart with 29 points while Kator Gar contributed 16 points with Ibe Agu and Simon Owoicho scoring 11 and 10 points respectively among the top scorers on the night.
Pillars took all the quarters with a 34-25 points win in the first quarter, 55-44 win in the second quarter, 83-72 win in the third quarter before fighting hard to consolidate in the last quarter with 104-97 win to wrap up the game.
Sylvanus Yakubu of Gombe Bulls described the loss as very painful. “This is a very painful loss. We never planned to lose this game; in fact we came into this competition to beat Kano Pillars first and win all our remaining games.
“Now we have lost this one. We lost because they took care of the ball better than us. We made too many mistakes and were a bit indiscipline coupled with the fact that we were too much in a hurry. We did not play to coach’s instructions.
“We knew it will be tough but we have beaten them twice and they have now beaten us three times. We have resolved not to lose any game after this,” he said.
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