Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), has expressed shock at the death of Nigerian basketball legend, Peter Aluma, who passed on at the early age of 46. NBBF President, Musa Kida, while reacting to the death of the former Comets Basketball Club player and Liberty University Hall of Fame member, noted that his death was shocking and heart-rending.
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We are once again saddened by this unfortunate incident which has thrown the basketball family into a state of mourning as we never expected that the basketball world would be mourning so soon after the demise of Kobe Bryant. Peter Aluma was one of the best ever centres that ever graced the Nigerian basketball scene during the golden era of Comets before traveling to the United States of America in search of greener pastures. Our thoughts are with his family members and his loved ones. We can assure them that they are not alone during this trying period. We mourn with themMusa Kida
Late Aluma is remembered for the crucial role he played in helping Liberty University’s basketball team win their first Big South Conference (BSC) title and automatic NCAA Tournament bid during his freshman season in 1994, finishing his career with 1,715 points and still holds the program record for career number of 366 blocked shots. He would go ahead to form part of D’Tigers’ 1998 FIBA World Cup squad.
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A one minute silence was observed in honour of Aluma and Kobe Bryant (who equally passed on recently in a fatal helicopter crash), before the commencement of the final of the Total Basketball League between Impressions and Reformers which held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National stadium, Abuja, on Sunday, February 2, 2020.
Aluma, during his playing days featured for Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns before plying his trade in Venezuela with Toros De Aragua and later Gomel Wildcats Sozh, in Belarus.
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