FirstBank defeat MFM Queens to retain Olukoya Basketball Championship
FirstBank women’s basketball team made it back-to-back final victories over MFM Queens as they defeated their fierce rivals 54-37 to retain the Dr. D K Olukoya Women Basketball Championship, days after doing likewise at the Sam Oguche Basketball Foundation Championship.
The weeklong Dr. D K Olukoya Women Basketball Championship, which was decided at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, on Friday, also saw Marjanatu Musa of the Elephants Girls emerging as the championship’s Most Valuable Player.
Marjanatu also finished with the rebounding title, and deservedly earned her place in the team of the tournament.
HerFirstBank teammate, Ifunaya Okoro, won the championship’s scoring title and also emerged as the winner of the Best Shooter award.
On their way to retaining the Dr. D K Olukoya Women Basketball Championship, the Elephant Girls finished with an unbeaten record, beating Raptors 66-34 in the quarter-finals, before crushing Bayelsa Patriots 77-12 in the semi-finals.
Having suffered defeat at the hands of FirstBank in the finals of the Sam Oguche Basketball Foundation Championship earlier in the week, MFM Queens knew that the final was going to be a tough challenge.
And so it turned out to be as the well-motivated FirstBank, backed by their teaming fans, were up to the challenge and left no one in doubt of their determination to retain the Dr. D K Olukoya Women Basketball Championship.
Satisfied with the outcome of the competition, the Head Coach of the Elephant Girls, Lati Erifolami, said the team is desperate to bring back the glory of basketball to where it was when they compete favourable with the best from the African continent.
“We are on course for greater things,” said the former Nigerian national team star. “Our dream is to bring glory to our sponsor and the country and bring back the days when we used to dominate basketball even in the continent.”
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