2013/2014 DSTV Men’s Basketball League: Kada Stars’ coach attributes loss to inexperience


dstv-BasketCoach Sani Turi of Kada Stars of Kaduna State on Friday in Abuja attributed their 95-50 loss to Mark Mentors in the ongoing DSTV Men’s Basketball League to players’ inexperience.

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The match which was a week four match in the Savannah Conference of the league was played at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Abuja National Stadium.

“We lost to a more experienced team, in view of the calibre of my players. Half of the team’s players are rookies.

“`We are rebuilding from last year because we lost 90 per cent of our players from last season.

“So, for this year, we promoted some of our players from the last National Sports Festival (NSF) in Lagos and from the Nigerian Universities Games (NUGA).

“Therefore, it will be difficult for them to now get the grip of matches in the Premier League in the first year,” Turi said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the host side started their dominance of the game as early as the first quarter which ended 26-13.

Mark Mentors went ahead to score 21 points in the second quarter with Kada Stars having 15 points, for a 47-28 scoreline at half time.

The Abuja-based side stepped on the throttle to record their biggest points haul in the third quarter with 27 points, while the visitors had just six.

Coach Turi said his team lost concentration in the course of the game.

“We played better in the first half, and this led to our impressive scores in the first and second quarters, but we lost concentration in the third quarter due to inexperience.

“We had problems adjusting to the rhythm of the game and time was not on our side.

“Now, we have learnt, and we will go back to prepare well towards our next game at home,” the Kada Stars coach said.

On his part, coach Peter Ahmedu of Mark Mentors said his team utilised speed and stamina in overcoming their Kaduna-based counterparts.

“Speed and stamina were our advantage over Kada Stars. But we had a poor start, just like in our previous matches.

“For a team of this magnitude, it is not good to always have a poor start, but this is a crop of new players that we are trying to bring together.

“It is not easy to be able to manage their attitude and character. So, we are just trying to adjust,” Ahmedu said.

NAN reports that Kada Stars will host Plateau Peaks in their week five match on April 4, while Mark Mentors will visit defending champions Kano Pillars.

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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