In a battle of continental newbies, Kator Gar powered Gombe Bulls to their first-ever win on the continent at the ongoing FIBA Africa Zone 3 club championship for men, when they defeated Civil Defenders by 76points to 66points.
The team masterminded by Coach Mohammed Abdulrahman ended the 1st half on a strong note leading their fellow continental newbie by 35 points to 27.
Gombe started the 2nd half where they left off with Abdul Wahab Yakubu weighing in with 11points, 2 steals, and 2 assists.
Former Dodan Warriors captain, Simon Owoicho also recorded 14points, 2 steals and 1 assist for the Bulls on en route their historic win.
Despite the spirited effort from Gideon Omoduku with 19points and 1 assist, Defenders could not salvage a win against a much-experienced Bulls who maintained their lead all through the game.
Speaking after the game, head coach of Gombe Bulls, Mohammed Abdulrahman attributed their win to the new found belief of the team which had to bounce back from their unimpressive display in the 2016 league season.
According to Abdulrahman, “Our target is to get to this stage after our hard work during the regular season. Anything we get going forward will be a bonus but also deserved.”
On his part, head coach of Civil Defence, Temitope Olowosulu traced their loss to the inability to clear all their players before the tournament.
Olowosulu praised his boys for showing the necessary mental strength to withstand the barrage of their opponent towards the end of the 4th quarter.
Ahead of their game against Kano Pillars tomorrow, he promised to give their more experienced side a good run for their money when they face