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First Bank picks up a narrow win against Groupement Sportif Des Petroliers

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Magdalene Ukato (#9) who scored 8 points for First Bank in the 66-64 win fights for a rebound. (Image: fiba.com)

Chioma Udeaja was three boards shy of a double-double, dropping 12 points and pulling down 7 rebounds to help First Bank Basketball Club to victory in a close game that ended 66-64 against Groupement Sportif Des Petroliers.

First Bank opened its campaign at the 2016 FIBA Africa Champions Cup with a win against Clube de Desportos D’A’Politecnica on Saturday 26 November. Though First Bank lost to a stronger Clube Desportivo 1 de Agosto 76-62 on Sunday, the Elephant Girls rebounded against Groupement Sportif Des Petroliers in a game that swung both ways through three quarters before First Bank closed it out with a two-point win in the fourth period to finish 66-64.

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Chioma Udeaja (#14) grabs one of her seven boards for the game. (Image: fiba.com)

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Atosu Upe, once again, led First Bank in scoring with a team-high 20 points, in tandem with sharpshooting Nkechi Akashili’s 15 points, to help the Elephant Girls to a 2-1 record in the tournament.

Forward, Nkem Akaraiwe, who was quiet on the offensive end with just a field goal for two points was active on the board, pulling down six rebounds to protect the paint area.

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Atosu Upe (#5) went off for 20 points after being quiet in the previous game. (Image: fiba.com)

Olayinka Sanni, the 2008 WNBA Champion for the Detroit Shock, logged in 1:04 minutes in her first action for First Bank after missing the first two games of the tournament.

First Bank will take a one-day rest on Tuesday before taking on United States International University on Wednesday 30 November. The last time both teams met was on 1 December 2015 which First Bank won 89-63. The United States International University lost their first game against Clube de Desportivo 1® de Agosto 41-98. At the time of this report, the United States International University were trailing Clube de Desportos d’A’Politecnica 41-53 in the fourth quarter.

 

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Adekunle Binuyo
Just a fanatical hoop head lost in the art and science of the game.
Adekunle Binuyo
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Just a fanatical hoop head lost in the art and science of the game.

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