NIGERIA : DStv PBL: Rockets pick first season win, beat Immigration 67-62

(by Olusegun Ikuesan)

Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos on Wednesday recorded its first regular season win in a Savannah conference pairing of the DStv Premier Basketball League against Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano by 67-62 points.

The Coach Umar Bala tutored side who had dropped twelve of their thirteen regular season games showed great zeal against the visitored when they came calling on Wednesday at the sports facility of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

An elated Umar told our correspondence on phone that his boys just realise that the team cant go on losing week after week.

The former Kano Pillars basketball club points guard and captain gave assurance that the team will be better in the 2011/ 2012 season thanks to a Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) ruling which relegated Plateau Peaks basketball club.

Peaks who lost its week-13 regular season game to Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi by 80-113 points will try its luck in the less fancy national division-one come next season.

Peaks basketball club relegation came as a results of forfeiting two regular season games against Bauchi Nets and Kano Pillars, the team thus become the second casualty in the 2010/2011 season after Delta Force basketball club of Asaba suffered the same fate in the Atlantic conference of the league.

In another week-13 game played Wednesday in the Savannah conference of the DStv Premier League, defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club defeated Niger Potters basketball club of Minna by 107-67 points while Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna edge past Bauchi Nets basketball club by 78-66 points.

Savannah conference regular season will be rounded off on Sunday with two local derbies as Kano Pillars basketball club take on city rival Nigeria Immigration basketball club at the sports hall of the Sani Abacha stadium, Kano, Yelwa Hakws basketball club will go up against Bauchi Nets basketball club at the sport hall of the National Sport Commission centre in Bauchi. Tapgun Rockets basketball club will play host to Niger Potters basketball club of Minna in ABU, Zaria and relegated Plateau Peaks