08 July 2013

Nigeria: International School Lagos, St. Judes Win Milo Basketball Championship

International School, University of Lagos and St. Jude's Girls Secondary School, Amarata in Bayelsa on Saturday emerged winners of the 15th Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championships, held in Lagos.
International School, reaching their first ever finals after so many years of trying, defeated St. Joseph Secondary School, Makurdi, Benue, 56-47 in a closely contested match.
Similarly, St. Jude's Girls, also playing in their first finals, defeated Government Secondary School, Gboko, 26-18.
The two newly crowned champions were arguably the best sides in the competition.
Coach Earnest Ijeoma of International School, said after their momentous victory that the team worked hard to achieve the feat.
"We qualified as one of the best losers team during the western conference finals held in Ibadan, we were not given a chance to go far in the competition.
"We are proud and over-joyed for winning this competition it means a lot to us," Ijeoma said.
Coach Nelson Torunarigha of St. Jude's, said that his team performed excellently.
"It has being a wonderful tournament for us from the state preliminaries to the conference finals and the grand final.
"Our victory in all the stages means so much to us and most especially, to grassroots sports in the state, I applaud my players and salute their courage," Torunarigha said.
International School received medals, the Nestle trophy worth N150, 000; Adidas sports shoes, Milo products and a trip to the U.S. for a competition.
Boluwasope Faniran of International School was picked as the most valuable player for boys.
St. Joseph's Secondary School, Makurdi, Benue, received N120, 000, sports shoes, Adidas canvass, Milo products and a trip to the U.K. for their effort.
Government Secondary School Minna, Niger came third in the competition, defeating the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, International School, 51-36.
The Niger boys received N100, 000; Adidas sports shoes, Milo products and a trip to the UAE for a competition.
St. Jude's received the winners' medals, the Nestle trophy and Adidas sports shoes for each player in the team.
They also received cash reward of N150, 000, Milo products and a trip to the U.S. later in the year.
Bridget Dibiya was named the most valuable player for girls in the competition.
Government Secondary School Gboko, Benue received medals, a cash gift of N120, 000 and Adidas sports shoes for each player, Milo products and a trip to the UK.
Yejide Girls Grammar School, Ibadan, Oyo State, defeated Government Day Girls Secondary School, Samaru in Zamfara, 24-23.
The Ibadan girls received Adidas shoes for each player and N100, 000.
They will also feature in a tournament in South Africa later in the year.

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