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.
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.
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.