Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls have qualified for the 2017 FIBA Africa Club Championship. They will represent the FIBA Zone 3 in Tunisia at the tip off for the African club playoffs.
Kano Pillars Basketball club went unbeaten in the competition that featured six teams from Nigeria, Republic of Benin and Ghana. Pillars won all their 5 games played against Gombe Bulls, Aspac of Benin Republic, Civil Defence of Abuja, Mark Mentors of Abuja and Customs of Ghana.
Bulls only lost a game to their arch rival, Kano Pillars on matchday 4 and beating other clubs to lay claim to the second space and punch their tickets to the finals for the first time in their history.
Gombe Bulls had to wait till overtime against ASPAC of Benin Republic on their final day of the competition before picking their ticket to the finals.
Kator Gar powered his team to another historic win with 17points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds to hand Bulls their first ever continental ticket.
Abdulwahab Yakubu with 36 minutes of action on the court scored 16points and 4 assists while Sylvanus Yakubu and Ibe Agu both weighed in with 9 points apiece.
For Pillars, it was a stroll in the park against Customs whom they blew out in the final game of the competition played in a round robin format.
Kano Pillars’ Abdul Yahaya emerged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and one of the tournament’s best five players.
Pillars legend, Abubakar Usman was also named as member of the competition best 5 players alongside Customs’ captain, Baniba Dodzi. Mark Mentors’ Victor Ocheibi, and Bulls’ Kator Gar complete the list.