24 December 2007

NIGERIA : M.D. Abubakar lift Rookies trophy beat Raptors 56-46

M.D. Abubakar basketball club at the weekend defeated Raptors basketball by 56-46 points to lift this year Rookie Basketball Championship at the Nigeria Police College, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

Raptors coached by erratic Charles Ibeziako scared the M.D. Abubakar boys when it won the first quarter by 21-19 points but carved in in the second quarter which ended 20-08 points to trail the M.D. Abubakar youthful side by 39-29 points at half-time.

The third quarter rather looked lack-luster as the M.D. Abubakar team won by 09-07 points, both sides continue their tight defensive play as the fourth quarter also provided a low score line of 10-08 points in favour the Raptors side but who succumbed by a 10 points margin.

M.D. Abubakar youthful point guard, Peter Odia kid brother of Nigeria Senior national team and University of Oregon guard, Churchill Odia was adjudged the week long championship Best-Player (MVP) while Tobechukwu Okafor won the most promising player award.

University of Lagos Girls defeated their Rookies counterpart 24-17 points to end the series 2-1.

Secretary of Lagos State Basketball Association, Uthman Ola-Okunnu, Luka Yakubu, Chairman of Chariot basketball club, Mr. Soga, Engr. Akinwande and Abimbola Faniran of Akofa Sports management outfit were among the dignitaries that grace the occasion.

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