Scot Nnaji, Head Coach, Nigeria Customs of Lagos Basketball Club, has expressed confidence that the club would be in the Atlantic Conference final six of the ongoing Kwese Basketball League regular season.
Customs had, in a week 13 local derby on Thursday night, defeated Police Barton of Lagos, 73-72 in a converted three-point effort by veteran player, Seyi Ayodele.
Both teams ran neck and neck all through the game which was the best performance from the Batons, who had lost thrice to Customs.
The match took place at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.
Nnaji told the Nigerian Pilot after the match that the team worked hard and deserved the victory.
“We played well, but were sloppy, and that could have caused us the game; so, I had to call my team members together and made them to realise why we must not lose.
“We had to garner every point necessary, as making the final six is a must for the team,’’ Nnaji said.
Nigerian Pilot reports that Customs occupy the third position behind Falcons of Ilorin and Royal Hooper of Port Harcourt in the Atlantic Conference log.
Meanwhile, Emeka Oputa, the Head Coach of the Police team, told Nigerian Pilot that the team’s performance was not satisfactory since it faces a daunting task of escaping relegation.
“I am not happy about the result; it is not enough to play well and go home with no winning points; indeed, it is not a good result.
“We just have to change our mentality and work extra hard to win and escape relegation,’’ Oputa said.
Nigerian Pilot reports that both teams would meet again on Saturday at the same venue for a showdown which is a must-win for the Batons.
In another crunchy match, Nigeria Air Force Rockets overcame Hoops and Read Basketball Club of Lagos, 69-64 to maintain the fourth position.