The rivalry between two Festac-based basketball teams resumed on Wednesday evening as the Dream Ballers defeated Festac Basketball Foundation (FBF) 49-34.
FBF was bullied by Dream Ballers in the first half of the game as they struggled to keep up with the attack of the visiting team.
Although FBF tried to get back into the game in the third quarter, it seemed that the Dream Ballers were too tough for the home team to handle.
The Dream Ballers’ center, Mac Martins Odunukwe, said, “The game went well. It’s the first leg of a friendly game. We played a good, coordinated game and played like a team. Although the referee was going to officiate against us, we understand that it’s their home team, so we had to give it our best,” Odunukwe said.
Ijekhuenmen Akere John (Sisqo), shooting guard for the Dream Ballers, spoke for both Festac teams when he said, “The game we played today was a unity, friendly, and fair game. We may have played against each other today, but we are still one. Dream Ballers and FBF are here to stay, and we want to make a team together in Unity.”
Hilary Aigboahaode, combo guard at FBF, said, “It was a good game and it seemed they had better size with two experienced players at the back. Things here are not serious and it seems we don’t understand this game of basketball. The other team was far better than us.
“They have size, a big guy, a good point guard who coordinated the game and a good coach as well. We have to get our acts together on this court if we want to play basketball and take it to the next level. We have to put our minds and souls into this game and play it.
“Although we lost, it was a good game and we will learn from our mistakes and buckle up for other games.”
In response to the return leg, Aigboahaode said, “We have to get those offensive and defensive rebounds because whoever gets those will win the game. We have to play defence as well.”
The game was played at Sprite Court on 23 Road, Festac Town. A return leg will be played on Sunday at Suki Court, 24 Road, Festac Town.