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First Bank team wins basketball tourney

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

First Bank Female Basketball Team have emerged as the winners in this year’s Sam Oguche Basketball competition after defeating MFM Queens 52-40 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.

The victors also called the Elephant Girls proved too formidable to be surpassed and that reaffirmed their dominance in the game of basketball across the nation by replicating the same form in the Dr D.K Olukoya basketball championship.

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According to a report by NAN, the match, dubbed a one-sided affair by fans, commenced at a fast pace with the former African Champions dominating their opponent in the first quarter by 16-6. The second quarter saw the Bankers consolidating their hold on the lead with another excellent performance, winning 28- 14.

Although the MFM Queens fought back in the third quarter, their resolve had little or no effect as the First Bank Female Basketball team held on to the lead. Cheered on by their teaming fans in the fourth quarter, the Elephant girls showed their resolve to maintain their position as the best female Basketball team in Nigeria and one of the best on the continent, with their victory by 52- 40.

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Satisfied with the performance of the girls, the Coach, Lati Erinfolami, said that the team would continue to work hard to maintain the high standard they are noted for. Erinfolami said, “It was a good game. The girls were determined to excel and that was why they dominated from the beginning to the end. “I will continue to encourage them to work.

This is just the beginning for us this season. “With the team’s current form, it’s safe to say the team will replicate their victory runs in the ongoing Dr D K Olukoya Basketball tournament in Lagos,” the coach added.

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