ABL: Abuchi inspires Defenders to 67-59 over BC Terreur

ABL: Abuchi inspires Defenders to 67-59 over BC Terreur

Ibe Abuchi Agu led posted a double double and game highs 23pts and 15rebs to fire Nigeria’s Africa Basketball League debutants, Civil Defenders to a 67-59 opening day win over BC Terreur in group B.

Abuchi, who recently returned from the FIBA World Cup qualifiers with D’Tigers, propelled the Defenders after a lackluster first quarter performance were they trailed by more than half in a 7-18 against BC Terreur.

The Nigerian side struggled to get their shooting rhythm on from the 3pts range and ended up with a 0-14 record.

But they made up for the lapses with good defensive play in the post; really both ends coming off tops in the head to head battle.

Meanwhile, only one other Defenders player posted double digits; Ochebi Okpe scored 13points and was 9 off the board, 7 of those from a defensive position.

Next up for the Nigerian side is the battle against ES Rades for a spot in the next round.

Defenders (2) go up against ES Rades (1) on Saturday at the Hall des Arts Loisirs et Sports, Cotonou at 3pm [local time].

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