Team Nigeria ranked sixth, ninth at World School Basketball Championship
In their first appearance at the yearly World School Basketball Championships holding in Serbia, Nigeria’s Bishop Dimieari Grammar School of Bayelsa, finished in sixth place among the 19 boys’ teams at the International School Sports Federation (ISF)-organised championships.
The girls’ team, St Jude’s Girls Secondary School, Amarata, won their classification match to finish in ninth place ahead of India.
The boys’ team, led by John Wilberforce, were outstanding in Belgrade, getting up to the quarterfinal before losing to Brazil. Their efforts fetched them the sixth position despite losing their final classification match to Chinese Taipei, a team they had lost to in the group stage.
The Asian team dominated all the quarters to emerge victorious at 51-42 ahead of the Nigerian side. Wilberforce, who has been outstanding in the competition, again showed his stuff with 14 points and four assists ahead of Bassey Ekpo, Live betting who dunked 14 points as well.
The girls’ team, described as the unluckiest team in the competition as Turkey edged them out of the quarterfinal spot with a single point, showed their class against India with 65-31 points to finish in ninth place, ahead of the lively Indian team. The girls, led by their captain, mobile shop bet Idubamo Beggi, dominated all the quarters with the captain, scoring 17 points.
The president of the Nigeria School Sport Federation (NSSF), Olabisi Joseph, commended the teams for their conduct on and off the court, saying she was impressed by the leadership of the world body, betting tips today who believed the team gave a good account of themselves.
This is the first time Nigeria is competing in the championship, as the only African team with 19 other nations, including Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Nepal, North Macedonia, Serbia, bet of the day Slovenia, Chinese Taipei, and Turkey.
General Manager, Team Nigeria, Godwin Abari Adagbo, said, “That match we lost against Bulgaria affected us from a medal finish, but we were determined to finish with a win against India. This team is full of young but smart players. sports betting app We will not underrate any opportunity going forward and will surely do better next time.”