Basketball: Hoopers Coach Sure Of Good Playoffs In Lagos

Rivers Hoopers head coach, Ogoh Odaudu is optimistic his team will do well at the Conference playoffs slated to hold between Tuesday, 7 June – Saturday 11 June in Lagos.

The two-time Nigeria Basketball League Champions will slug it out for a place in the last four in the Atlantic Conference after finishing third in the regular season games.

A confident Odaudu is set out to avoid errors that would dent his side’s chances of playing in the finals of the 2015/2016 DSTV Basketball League.

“We are picking up gradually and the regular season games are for you to make your mistakes and correct them going into the play offs,” he posited.

“You will see a different Rivers Hoopers team when we get to the play offs because we are not going to make the kind of mistakes we made in the league.

“You lose one, you put yourself in a very serious trouble. So we are going to take every game as it comes.”

Meanwhile, the Benue-born coach has called for strict measures to be taken on match officials who falter in their responsibilities.

“They should be stricter on the table officials and the referees. A basketball game is supposed to be played with three referees but we are managing two and when one doesn’t show up entirely, it doesn’t speak well for the game. NBBF should take disciplinary measures on any referee or match commissioner that refuses to show up for any game.” Odaudu concluded.

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