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Rivers Hoopers claim historic third place finish at 2024 BAL

Posted : 02 June 2024

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Coach Ogoh Odaudu of Rivers Hoopers couldn't hide his joy after his team's remarkable performance, which led them to secure third place, marking Nigeria's first-ever podium finish at the Basketball Africa League in Rwanda. 

The Nigerian champions, Rivers Hoopers, concluded their journey at the 2024 BAL with a resounding 23-point victory over South Africa's Cape Town Tigers, sealing third place and making history for Nigeria with an 80-57 triumph on Friday night. This victory not only fulfilled the KingsMen's ambition of a top-three finish but also marked Nigeria's inaugural podium appearance at Africa's premier club basketball championship.

For the team from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, it was a night to remember. In addition to their stellar performance on the court, Hoopers' head coach, Odaudu, received the prestigious accolade of BAL Season Four Coach of the Year.

Reflecting on the achievement, Odaudu expressed his elation, stating, "I feel really good and excited; nobody gave us a chance, and now being voted coach of the year is the icing on the cake." He continued, "We are extremely excited. I am proud of my team and how they came out today after the semi-final loss. They came out firing today."

The triumph not only brought pride to Rivers Hoopers but also marked a significant milestone for Nigerian basketball on the continental stage. It showcased the talent and determination of Nigerian players and coaches and highlighted the growing stature of basketball in the country.

This historic achievement is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and resilience of everyone involved with Rivers Hoopers, from the coaching staff to the players and the management. It serves as an inspiration for future generations of Nigerian basketball players and provides a platform for the sport to flourish further in the country.

As Rivers Hoopers celebrates their remarkable accomplishment, they also look forward to building on this success and continuing to elevate Nigerian basketball on the global stage. With their eyes set on even greater achievements, they remain determined to make their mark in the world of basketball.


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