By Emmanuel Afonne
Defending champions `Blame it on Experience’ on Friday saved hope alive in direction of retaining their title on the ongoing 2017 Mark d’Ball basketball competitors in Otukpo, Benue.
The staff which featured the likes of former NBA star Ejike Ugboaja and Mark d’Ball supervisor Igoche Mark, overpowered the Otukpo Blazers 39-34 to maintain a clear sheet on the competitors.
Both groups gave account of themselves as the sport was dragged into additional time after the fourth quarter ended 32-32.
Blame it on Experience gamers sat on the sting from begin to end as Blazers taking pictures guard Friday Haruna, tormented them until the top of the sport.
Team Experience nonetheless, got here from behind to equalise within the fourth quarter, to pull the sport into additional time.
Blazers missed final minutes alternative to win the encounter after Ujor Amyebe missed his free throws which gave the star-studded Blame it on Experience staff the chance to hold the day.
The Blazers staff gave good account of themselves in spite shedding 7-Three, 17-14, 21-23 within the first, second and third quarters.
Former NBA star Ejike Ugboaja gave his finest for staff Experience with 5 rebounds to his credit score.
Efforts by Amyebe and Haruna to save lots of the Blazers yielded no end result regardless of their superlative efficiency within the match.
Captain of Blame it on Experience Igoche Mark advised the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the encounter was probably the most tough match he had performed in latest time.
“You can see that our experience counted at last but the Blazers team was a tough nut to crack,” he stated.
Coach of Blazers Adama Ikwue, hailed the efficiency of his boys however regretted the loss.
He stated: “We are right here to win but when issues didn’t go our approach, so be it; in life, you win some and lose some.
Team Experience had earlier defeated Apo Settlers from Abuja 32-33.
The 2017 Mark d’Ball basketball competitors which started on Dec. 26 with 10 male and 6 feminine groups will finish on Dec. 31.