25 October 2007

NIGERIA : St Gabriel's School Emerges Champions

Boys of St. Gabriel's Secondary Commercial School, Ibadan, Oyo State, over the weekend sang the song of victory as they defeated their equally ambitious counterparts from Luminary Schools, Warri, Delta State, 64-59 in a heated encounter at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, where the national champions of the 9th Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship emerged.

"We are the new Milo champions and we will continue to raise our game with the new Milo Actigen-E", the ecstatic Ibadan boys, who happened to be the fifth side from the Western Conference to lift the prestigeous trophy, exclaimed after they were presented with the trophy.

In the girls' category, Luminary Schools, Warri, Delta State, just like their boys' team were not so lucky as they lost the final match by 29-32 points paving the way for the girls of Queen Amina College, Kaduna, to clinch the trophy.

The third place matches, which were equally entertaining and competitive saw boys of Success Private School, Maiduguri, Borno State, defeating those of Ahmadiya College, Kano State, by 22-17 points, while representatives of Yejide Girls' Grammar School, Ibadan, Oyo State, out-played their counterparts from Government Girls' Secondary School, Yola, Adamawa State, by 24-17 points in the girls category.

In his usual generous attitude, Mr. Klaus Wachsmuth, Managing Director and CEO, Nestle Nigeria PLC, on behalf of the company, presented cash prizes of =N150,000, =N=100,000, and =N=75,000 to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placed teams respectively in the two categories, while each member of the teams got a medal for keeps.

Certificates of participation, Milo products and branded gift items were also presented to all the participants in the tournament, including officials and match commissioners. In addition, a pair of basketball uprights was also presented to each of the winning and first runner-up teams in both the boys' and girls' category. This gesture is intended to sustain the students' interest in the game when they return to their respective schools.

Aside the champions, trophies and prizes, for the Most Valuable Player (MVP), Most Entertaining Team, 3-point Shooter, Fair Play, Slam Dunk, and Best Media were presented to deserving individuals and teams.While speaking at the event, Mr. Wachsmuth assured basketball-loving Nigerians of Nestle's continued support.

"Our continued sponsorship of this event is in accordance with our goal of nourishing sporting ambitions and in line with our commitment to youth and sports development. It is also a veritable platform for us all to appreciate the critical link between sports, physical exercises, good health and wellness as well as the learning process", he said.

It would be recalled that this edition of the championship started early this year with the intra-state preliminaries, and then the very competitive conference playoffs, where six teams emerged in each category, making a total of twelve teams which vied for honours at the grand finale.

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