FIBA Africa Zone 3 Champions Rivers Hoopers have been drawn in GroupA of the 2019 NBBF Premier League tagged “President Cup”.
Hoopers will play against two Lagos-based teams Lagos Islanders and Police Baton, Benue Braves and new comers Nigeria Army Rockets and Ondo Raiders in Group A.
13 teams who honoured NBBF’s invitation to participate in the competition were drawn into two groups. Games will be played in a round robin format with top two in each group advancing to the semi-finals, the winners will play in the final.
Host Kwara Falcons were drawn in Group B alongside Nigeria’s representative at the 2019 Africa Basketball League Civil Defenders, Niger Potters and new comers; Invaders, Coal City and Raptors.
Reacting to the draws, Rivers Hoopers Head Coach Ogoh Odaudu is wary of the debutant teams in Group A of the President Cup.
“The draw looks easy but it is not easy. We have Islanders who have a lot of experienced players in their team, we have the Police Baton also a similar team they have been there like forever, playing together so it’s not going to be easy. It is very dangerous playing against teams that you do not know like the Army team, Benue Braves we have not seen them in a while, the Ondo Raiders I don’t have an idea what they look like but I won’t say it as an easy draw until we play them. It’s going to be difficult but we will take each game at a time,” said Odaudu.
Odaudu added, “Our target is to win as many games as possible and come out of the group then see if we can get to the semi-finals and then the final. Except you are just here to participate the objective for every team is to come and win and our objective is to win, and win.”
Rivers Hoopers will begin their group game against Ondo Raiders on Monday at 4pm.