Posted by News Express | 8 March 2016 | 2,920 times
The African Basketball League (ABL) officially tipped off on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, with the Dakar Rapids of Senegal making history by winning the first game of the league.
Vector, CDQ and a host of other entertainers bounced around a giant stage and entertained fun lovers who came in their hundreds to support the new big thing in Nigeria, ABL
In his opening speech, the CEO of ABL, Ugo Udezue, welcomed the six participating teams; Lagos Islanders, Stallions and Lagos Warriors from Nigeria, Dakar Rapids from Senegal, Abidjan Ramblers from Cote d’Ivoire and Izobe Basketball Club from Libreville.
The double header weekend attracted distinguished personalities such as Senator Ben Murray Bruce, Jeffery Daniels, Jay Jay Okocha, Sasha, Sound Sultan, and Matthew Ohio of Industry Nite.
Stallions’ player J. Felando made history by becoming the first player to score a point in the league. He made a 2pt field goal 23 secs into the game.
Felando ended up playing for 34 mins with 29 points and 11 rebounds. He ties the record of most points in a game with Dakar Rapids’ Gavin Schuman.
Felando alongside his team mate and captain Akin Akuntunde had double doubles – 29pts, 11 rebounds and 17pts, 18 rebounds – respectively.
Dakar Rapids had two players who made 20+ points – Schuman 29, Niang 26. Stallions had the most 3 points as they made 8 out of 20 attempts. The visiting team won with just one point (69-70) and became the first team to win a game in the league.
In the second game played on Sunday, Afam Muojeke and Mark Hill combined for 51 points to lead the Lagos Islanders past the visiting Abidjan Ramblers.
It was an electrifying atmosphere at the Landmark Event Centre as the Lagos Islanders rallied in the fourth quarter to cut the lead and eventually win the game. Lagos Islanders scored the first point and 2.16sec into the first quarter, Jacobs made a 2pts layup shot to tie the game 4-4. Afam Muojeke emerged leading scorer for Lagos Islanders with 28pts, 7 rebounds while Jourdain led for Abidjan Ramblers with 22pts, 8 rebounds.
The next game is Lagos Warriors vs Libreville Izobe on Thursday, March 10, at the Landmark Event Centre. Tip off time is 7pm.
The ABL is proudly supported by TRACE, Union Bank, Wakanow, Cornerstone Insurance, Cruz Vodka, Lagos State Government, BEAT 99.9FM and ASKY Airline.
•Photo shows action from the opening weekend of the African Basketball League (ABL).
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