21 November 2011

NIGERIA : Defenders Pick NBBF Premier League Ticket

Defenders basketball club of Abuja have won the remaining ticket to the 2012 DSTV/Nigerian Basketball Premier League.

The Abuja-based team, owned by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), achieved this on Friday by winning the Savannah Conference Group of the 2011 National Basketball Division One Championship.
They will be replacing Plateau Peaks in the Premier League's Savannah Conference next season after the Jos team were relegated at the end of last season.
The Defenders thus joined the Nigeria Customs who had on Thursday qualified for the Premier League after topping the Atlantic Conference Group of the national championship.
The championship is the avenue for lower league teams to seek a place in the Premier League.
It was not an easy feat for the Defenders as they finished with seven points from four matches alongside two others, Benue Braves of Makurdi and the FCT Rocks of Abuja.
The Defenders, however, triumphed on the basis of their results against the two teams.
In the final group matches played on Friday, the Defenders beat AHIP Giants of Kano 79-58, while Benue Braves of Makurdi defeated Kada Princes of Kaduna 80-51.
In the final classification for the group, Benue Braves finished second, FCT Rocks third, Kada Princes fourth and AHIP Giants fifth.
Nigeria Customs of Lagos had topped the Atlantic Conference Group, with the Police Bombers of Abuja finishing second and the Oluyole Warriors of Ibadan third.
The competition ends on Saturday with the Atlantic Conference Group winners, Nigeria Customs, taking on the Savannah Conference Group winners, the Defenders.
The match will determine the winners of the championship.

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