Hoop­ers hun­gry for vic­tory as basketball league sea­son ends

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Rivers Hoop­ers Basketball Club says it is aim­ing for vic­tory as the reg­u­lar sea­son of the 2016/2017 Kwese Pre­mier Basketball League ends on Satur­day.

Rivers Hoop­ers and Kwara Fal­cons are cur­rently 1st and 2nd re­spec­tively on the At­lantic Con­fer­ence log.

The league teams were in for a tough bat­tle at both ends of the ta­ble, with the top two bat­tling for supremacy and the last two strug­gling to sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion.

The Hoop­ers’ Me­dia Of­fi­cer, Queen John, who dis­closed in a state­ment she is­sued yes­ter­day, said that Hoop­ers had lost four games in the league, one less than their near­est ri­val, Kwara Fal­cons.

She said a win in their last two games would en­sure the Kings’ Men end the reg­u­lar sea­son at the top of the At­lantic Con­fer­ence ta­ble.

John quoted Hoop­ers’ coach Ogoh Odaudu as say­ing that the last two games would pre­pare those games for the Con­fer­ence VI play-offs.

“From now, it is prac­tice for us and we are try­ing to put in place all the things we are go­ing to do in the play-offs.

“We are go­ing to ap­proach the two games the way we have ap­proached every other game at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.

“We are not say­ing be­cause we have qual­i­fied so we should go out there and lose the two games.

“It will not send a good mes­sage to our spon­sor and the play­ers. So, we are go­ing to go all out and keep that win­ning men­tal­ity go­ing into the play­offs,” she fur­ther quoted coach Odaudu.

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