Adedokun International School Wins Milo Basketball Competition (Western Conference)0
WITH what they experienced during the final of the Western Conference of the Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship, Lagos team – International School, Lagos (ISL) believes Ogun’s Adedokun International School, Ota has what it takes to rule during the grand finale.
Even before the Conference final played at the Liberty Stadium, Coach Ernest Ijeoma of ISL never doubted his lads ability to dominate the Ogun team, but his hope was dashed when the Ogun team confirmed their dominance in the explosive encounter.
Ijeoma blamed his team lose to his players, saying, “they refused to follow my instruction throughout the match.”
“I want to be sincere with you that the Ogun team will be unstoppable when it comes to the grand finale because they have some fantastic players that every coach will be willing to have in his team. They are fully fit in all department of the game and they are going to be a worthy champion when the finale holds in July,” Ijeoma admits.
“Despite the Ogun team’s performance, I think my players failed to follow my instructions and this caused the loss. But in all, we are hoping that we will get one of the wildcards to be part of the Lagos finale,” he added.
To emerge champion in the boys’ event, Adedokun International School Ota, Ogun State defeated ISL 35-29 points in an explosive encounter.
An elated coach of Adedokun International School, Akindele Peter, whose side played without a reserve after some members of the team were screened out by the organisers, attributed the victory to God’s favour.
“It is just unbelievable. Most especially after our opponent has asked us to forget about the game knowing that we don’t have reserve players. But the boys’ determination kept them going,” Peter said.
The side’s most enterprising player, Oyebamiji Mustapha, who was unsurprisingly adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the competition said the team would continue fighting with just five players at the finals proper in Lagos, but hope that two of their players would have returned by then.
In the female category, Westend Mixed Secondary School, Asaba, Delta State defeated Yejide Girls Grammar, Ibadan, Oyo State by 16 to 12 points to qualify for a place in the Lagos finale and also cart away a giant trophy and N30,000 cash prize.
According to the Coach of the school, Mfon Kenneth, “the victory did not come as a surprise because we started preparation very early and the girls really trained hard for this competition. All we need to do now is to work on the grey areas as the school prepares for the Lagos finals,” Kenneth said.
Ogene Esther of Westend Mixed Secondary School was voted the MVP in the girls’ category.
According to the Brand Specialist, Beverage Category of Nestle, Folorunsho Osho, what was witnessed in Ibadan has shown that the finale promises to be exciting with the best teams across the country converging in Lagos for the main trophy.
Source: The Guardian Nigeria
Battle for the coveted cup will see twelve teams which emerged champions in the four conferences nationwide slug it out at the Indoor Sports hall of the National stadium, Surulere, Lagos between 6th and 11th of August. The first place winners (male and female category) will receive a sum of N 150, 000 each, while the second and third place teams will get N 120, 000 and N100, 000 respectively. A special basketball camp will also be organized by the National Basketball federation for the best 50 players of the tournament which will be held between 12 and 14th of August.