Kano Pillars Basketball Club stunned the reigning champions of the Africa Champions Cup for Men (ACCM), Primeiro D’Agosto of Angola, 75-73 in their opening match of this year’s tournament in Sousse, Tunisia.
Abubakar Usman led Pillars’ winning performance with 16 points, 2 rebound and assists, wing Louis Edem complimented with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
The defending champions claimed the first quarter of the match 15-11, but Pillars hit their stride in the second quarter with both teams ending the time frame 22 points apiece and the Angolans kept a four point advantage going into the half-time break with scores set at 37-33 points.
The Nigerian champions showcased their clear intent to succeed at this year’s tournament after the break. They won the third quarter by 22-13 points and a the end of the third period, Primeiro were already trailing 50-55 on the scorers board.
Though the Angolans bounced back to win the fourth quarter but it was too little too late at that point as the match ended 73-75 in favour of Nigeria’s only representative a the tournament.
Abdulwahab Yahaya added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists with point guard Adeolu Olaiya Ojo coming up with 10 points, 2 rebound and 2 assists.