“My players were too stiff and static to move. They were match rusty as a result of inactivity since 2017”, thus declared the Civil Defenders coach, Alhassan Joseph after the team was humbled today by the enterprising FCT Hardrockers in the ongoing Mark D Ball Basketball Championship at the Indoor Hall Package B of Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
The match was the oldies versus young, as the Civil Defenders represents the former, and trailed in all the segments till the final whistle in the match that was delayed for over 4hours owing to power outage.
It’s first and only match so far won 67-65 against the Plateau Peaks was as a result of last minute rally as well as technical deficiency of the Jos players’ handlers. The Suleija Bulldogs handed it 77-71 defeat and went down today against the FCT Hardrockers.
“Now that the NBBF is gradually bouncing back to develop the domestic league, we will come back stronger in the subsequent tournaments”, Embargo said.
Earlier, the Nigeria Customs team compounded the Plateau Peaks woes with a 73-64 defeat to reduce the latter to the whipping team in the tournament. The Jos-based Plateau Peaks is yet to win a match in its three outings so far.