22 December 2007

NIGERIA : Raptors battle M.D. Abubakar for Rookies' title

The final of the 2007 annual Rookie Basketball Championship hold today (Saturday) at the Nigeria Police College, Ikeja, Lagos with Raptors basketball club battling M.D. Abubakar Rookies for the U-18 boys title at 16.00 hours.

Both sides book a place in today's finals with victories over Jituboh Rookies and Flammers respectively in the semi-finals decided Friday evening.

M.D. Abubakar Rookies defeated Jituboh Rookies in the first semi-final by 49-43 points while Raptors subdued Flammers basketball club by 49-48 points in Over-Time after both had even scores at 39 points apiece at regulation time.

“We are glad to be in the finals declared Raptors head coach, Charles Ibeziako and promised that his boys will not disappoint in the final.

The former Memphis basketball coach, thumb-up Mark Balogun, initiator of the annual championship and call for more support for the competition which he described as the only leeway for youngsters to show case their raw talents.

I.G. Queens and UNILAG girls will slug it out in the third leg of their Best-of-3 series as both sides are tied at 1-1 same with the U-12 boys with UNILAG taking on the Police College Rookies in the third-leg of the series, Jituboh Rookies and Flammers will fight for the U-18 boy's third and fourth placement.

by Olusegun Ikuesan

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