Basketball: Kano Pillars Beat Champions, Primeiro, 75-73 in their 2013 ACCM Opener.

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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.

Kano Pillars Basketball Club.
Kano Pillars Basketball Club.

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.

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