Coach Ayinla Johnson of Union Bank of Lagos on Monday?said that his team had restored its pride by whitewashing city rivals, Customs 85-47, in the ongoing Atlantic Conference DStv/Men?s Basketball League.
This goal margin appears to be the highest so far to be handed to any team in the current season.
Johnson told newsmen moments after the match that his team was devastated having previously lost to Customs, and that they had to come for revenge.
“A lot of high expectations is placed on us judging by the calibre of players we have in our team.
“Although we played with eight players, due to some players down with injuries, we were fantastic and we eventually got a decent victory.
“We are getting better every day, and our confidence keeps growing; we are hopeful of doing well at the end.
“We look forward to the next game, we don?t fear anybody but accord every team due respect,?? Johnson said.
Reacting, Coach Scot Nnaji of Customs said his team’s failure to master its newly introduced strategy paved the way for its opponents to win and with high margin too.
“It was not a good outing for us. We did not play well, it was a poor result, we lost a match we ought to dominate and win, having outplayed them in the first leg.
“Union Bank were the better side, they did all they had to do and suppressed all our efforts in all departments of the game,?? Nnaji said.
In another match, Dodan Warriors defeated Police Baton both of Lagos 59-52.
Coach Peter Ahmedu of Dodan told newsmen after the match that his team had to play defensive, considering the assault the Police team had.
“We had to play this way, it was strategic, we did not need to rush or push the game, we just had to take our time and become tighter at the defence.
“We are now top of the Atlantic Conference and with 14 matches to go, we are obviously looking at finishing among the top four,?? Ahmedu said.
Also, Coach Mark Balogun of Police described their loss to Dodan Warriors as a painful one considering the strategy their opponents adopted.
“Dodan Warriors were too defensive today; we were just unable to unlock their defence.
“We have to get our rhythm right, we are playing well, but we are not getting the results we deserve,?? Balogun said.
According to him, Police has a quality team of strong players, but they’ll have to work harder to develop that winning mentality.