23 March 2012

NIGERIA : First Deepwater Humble First Bank 81 - 88

Reigning women's league basketball champion First Deepwater during the weekend further humbled former champions First Bank of Lagos 88-81 points in their match decided at the gymnasium of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The win has helped the Oil and Gas girls to frustrate the bid by former First Bank, the Nigeria women league champion to start the move to reclaim the title it lost two seasons ago.
The Elephant Girls as the bankers are known took a first half lead of 47-34 points (23-10 and 24-24) but were confronted by the Oil & Gas ladies who were determined to put paid to the ambition of the Coach Adewumi Aderemi tutored bankers in the third and fourth quarters forcing them to beat a retreat by 19-25 and 15-29 points for a final score-line of 81-88 points.
First Deepwater golden girl and reigning Nigerian women league most valuable player (MVP) Nkechi Akashili stamped her authority as the best combo-guard in the Nigerian league with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists. First Deepwater forward Kelechi Obasi was also spectacular scoring 19 points with 3 rebounds and 3 steals while First Deepwater returnee who dorn the blue and white jersey of First Bank BC last season Magdalene Ukato made her presence felt with 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals to help seal victory for the Coach Lateef Erinfolami side.
First Deepwater opened the first phase campaign with an 87-27 whitewashing of hapless FCT Angels on Day-1 of the league earlier at the Murtala Mohamed Square Sports complex, Kaduna and will battle Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano today.
First Deepwater head coach and former Nigeria international guard/forward, Lateef Erinfolami charged his wards to see the win over First Bank basketball club as the beginning of their quest to win a third straight title.
He urged them not to underrate any team in the league as the league is still a long way to go with the second and final phase yet to be determined. He, however, praised the players for their fighting spirit which led to the big comeback against the former champion in the third and fourth quarters.
In other results of games played Saturday in Zaria, Nigeria Immigration of Kano gave up a brilliant start losing by 41-42 points to FCT Angels of Abuja while Sunshine Angels of Akure humbled Plateau Rocks of Jos by 71-43 points.

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