NIGERIA : DStv PBL: Ikyaator 20 points rally Comets over Dodan Warriors

(by Olusegun Ikuesan)

Comets basketball club continue its impressive run in the Atlantic conference of the DStv Premier Basketball League crowning a glorious outing against Dodan Warriors basketball club in a local derby in Lagos on Saturday.

Comets and Nigeria national team point guard, Orseer Ikyaator led the former Nigeria league champion challenge with 20 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds as the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored side went past the Warriors in a week-4 pairing of the league with an 83-81 points victory.

The exciting game saw the Comets winning the first and third quarters by 21-20 and 20-17 while it lost the fourth quarter by 24-26 points and even scores in the second quarter by 18 points apiece.

Comets combo-guard Obum Darlington added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, Michael Udo recorded a double double figure of 13 points and 11 rebounds, Comets and Nigeria national team forward Dennis Ebikoro had 13 points and 4 rebounda while Seun Akinwale contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds for the Comets win over the Warriors to maintain its leadership of the Atlantic conference with a 4-1 record.

Dodan Warriors and Nigeria national team guard, Mohammed Bukar led the floor with 22 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds teammates Oladipupo Oshunnubi and Benin Republic import Romaric added 15 and 12 points respectively.

In other games played at the weekend Delta Force basketball club of Asaba recorded its first win of the season with a 73-63 points victory over Chariots basketball club of Lagos at the sports hall of the Asaba Township stadium.

Union Bank basketball club picked an away win over city rival Islanders basketball club in Lagos by 67-47 points. Defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club defeated visiting Bauchi Nets basketball club by 67-31 points in Kano as Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi continue its search for a place in the final-8 playoffs of the 2010/2011 season of the DStv league with a 98-55 points victory over Immigration basketball club of Kano thus pushing the Immigration side further down the ladder of the Savannah conference.

Two more away wins were recorded by Kada Stars basketball club and Plateau Peaks basketball club.

Kada Stars defeated its host Niger Potters basketball club of Minna by 77-72 points to stay top of the Savannah conference just as Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos recorded a 63-59 points win over city rival Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos at the sports hall of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to reknew its final-8 hope.