29 December 2014

NIGERIA : Mark D Ball - FCT Angels, Pearl, Experience Maintain Winning Run

FCT Angels, Pearls and Blame it on Experience on Sunday maintained their 100 per cent start to the 14th edition of the Mark D Ball tournament at Otukpo with a well-deserved 38-26 victory Purple Mark of Otukpo on the second day of the event.
The Angels won their first match in the female contest late Saturday night with a 10-point cushion by beating Rockers 39-29.
It was a hard blow for Purple Mark who beat Sweety of Makurdi 33-31 with two seconds left on the clock in their opening fixture.
The star-studded Experience side, winner of the 2012 edition and parading the likes of Ejike Ugboaja, Tunji Awojobi, Osita Nwajah, Igoche Mark and Ogor Odaudu underlined their credentials by narrowly beating Zuba by 36-34 in the second fixture.
The experience the glossed featuring for the national team and top sides in the USA truly counted in their game one against Bethlehem which they also closely won 32-28.
Pearls proved they are contenders for the female crown after they beat Apa Queens at a canter by 41-17.
The Lagos based side clearly ran the rule against One Wing in their one sided first match which they won by an emphatic 61-10 scoreline.
Blazers could not halt their poor run after were gunned down 60-25 by ESPN.
The side had earlier lost two matches on the trot to Apa Flames and Oakland.
Mark D Ball tournament is an annual basketball tournament with a touch of entertainment on Boxing Day through the New Year Eve.
It officially started with a Basketball Clinic for school children numbering over 400.
Twenty coaches led by Adeeka Daudu of Dodan Warriors aren putting the kids through the basics of the game.
One the event coordinators, Mrs Ada Mark Ogbole said they created a data base where the profiles of the children were stored.
"It is not just basketball but lifetime skills that will help in the education of the children. The programme is getting better as some of the products of the clinic from Jesus College, Otukpo and Government Girls Secondary School Gboko, recently triumphed at the Milo Basketball tournament in Lagos, " Ogbole said.
Senate President David Mark who was one of the dignitaries that graced the opening ceremony remarked that he was encouraged to see youth turn up at the annual event, promising that an indoor basketball hall will be built in Otukpo to promote the game.
Senator Mark advised the youth to channel their energy into sport instead of crime.

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