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Teams’ quality thrills Dare as quarterfinals begin tomorrow


Sports Minister, Sunday Dare at the weekend praised the quality of action displayed by the teams featuring in this year’s Zenith Bank Women Basketball Final Eight, saying the teams have shown that Nigerian basketball was on the right direction.

The minister was a surprise visitor to the venue at the weekend where he watched some of the games. He praised the level of competition exhibited by the teams, while promising to aid the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) in their bid to grow the sport.
Meanwhile, Customs of Abuja defeated Delta Force of Asaba in the third game of Match Day 3 by 58 to 51 points,  with Josette Anaswem scoring 26 points, four assists and five rebounds. Delta Force’s Agbotan Success scored 19 points, four assists and four rebounds.

Reigning champions, First Bank thrashed Plateau Rocks 84 to 40 points in a one-sided game at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.


Okoro Ifunanya led the onslaught against the ladies from Jos with 16 points, two assists and three rebounds. Gloria Umeh’s 18 points and four rebounds were not enough to help Plateau Rocks as they finished bottom of group A without a win.

First Bank topped group A, Customs finished second, Delta Force settled for third, while Plateau Rocks finished last.

MFM Queens after two losses, came out all guns blazing against hapless BlackGold in their last group game.

A dominant display from Obenten Blessing with 20 points, one assist and seven rebounds gave MFM a 97 to 31 points win over BlackGold.

Experienced Nzekwe Oluchi came through with 14 points, two assists and four rebounds as MFM finished third in Group B.

The quarterfinal games of the Zenith Bank Women League National Final 8 will commence tomorrow.

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