The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF has sanctioned Plateau Peaks Basketball Club of Jos and Royal Hoopers Basketball Club of Port Harcourt for actions inimical to the growth of the game.
While Plateau Peaks are to forfeit their Week 4 game against Gombe Bulls for abandoning the match, and for the action of their fans, who switched off the lights at the venue of the game, which prevented the visiting team from taking the mandatory free throws awarded them.
Royal Hoopers are also to forfeit their Week 1 game against Dodan Warriors for not showing up at the venue of the encounter in Lagos.
The NBBF stated that the action of Plateau Peaks supporters “put the game into disrepute and compromised the safety and security of the visiting team and technical officials”, adding that “by walking off the court (Plateau Peaks) had deliberately abandoned the game and frustrated Due Process and consequently, by that action, forfeited the game to the visiting team”.
While acknowledging Royal Hoopers’ prompt response to the query issued them by the NBBF, the federation warned the club that their financial problems were not tenable reasons for not honouring league games and other obligations. The team was warned not to allow a reoccurrence in future as more stringent sanctions will be applied.
Equally Plateau Peaks were strongly warned to ensure that their supporters refrain from actions capable of bringing the game into disrepute “otherwise appropriate sanction will be applied”.
Meanwhile the NBBF has put in place the machinery for the All Star Game scheduled to hold in Lagos on 25 April, 2014, adding that the Local Organising Committee, LOC for the game shall be announced soon.