Current secondary school national champion, Wesley Girls Secondary School (Girls) and International School (Boys), University of Lagos have emerged the two qualifiers in the girls and boys category from Lagos State for the 2017 edition of the Milo Basketball championship which final event held at the Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos.
Both Schools will be competing in the second stage (i.e. Western Conference) that will be holding in Akure, Ondo State. Other participating states in the conference include Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo, Delta and Kwara states. Each state will send a representative to the girls and boys event. The winners shall be joining the other qualifiers from similarly regional conference to play the finals later in the year.
The Lagos qualifiers started at the district level and featured both private and public schools. Topfield defeated Hebert Macauley High School 14 – 11 in the first girl’s semi-final while Wesley Girls High School who are the current champion recorded a sweet victory over Ilupeju Grammar school. The match ended 17-9
The first boy’s semi-final between Whitesand College, Lekki and Topfield College (Boys) was a keenly contested event as both teams were very determined to get a place in the final with their players showing some mastering of the basic skills in basketball. At the end of the match, Whitesand College won 20 -19. Meanwhile current Lagos State boy’s champion International School, Unilag beat Federal College of Education 25-20 in the other semi-final event.
In the girl’s final match between the current champion, Wesley Girls secondary School and Topfield College (Girl’s), Edward Adaora helped her team Wesley Girls to overcome the stiff challenge posed by the team from Topfield that had Okpomo Onome.
Meanwhile in the boy’s category, it was not an easy victory for International School Unilag who had to rely on the ability of Adeoye Oluwapo as they faced facing eminent defeat in the hands of Whitesand College at the end of the third quarter of the match.
The match ended 30-28 in favour of International School, Unilag. The team from Whitesand who had upcoming talent like Ngini Chidera and Akintoye Emmanuel is coached by Solomon Aluma
Amongst the dignitaries who watched the event included Miss Jessica Godwin of Nigeria School Sports federation, Mr Kolawole Moses, Mr Enitan Oshodi, former commissioner of sports in Lagos state, Mr Adewale Adelekan, Director of Schools sports in Lagos state and Chairman,Lagos state Basketball Association. The Milo Basketball Championship moves to its regional stage.
Girl’s Semi Final (14/3/2017)
Ilupeju Grammar School (9) vs (17) Wesley Girls Secondary School
Topfield College (Girls) (14) vs (11) Herbert Macaulay High School.
Boy’s Semi Final (14/3/2017)
Whitesand College (20) vs (19) Topfeild College (Boys).
International School Unilag (Boys) (25) vs (20) Federal College of Education.
Girl’s 3rd Place
Ilupeju Grammar School (11) vs (22) Herbert Macaulay High School.
Boy’s 3rd Place
Federal College of Education (21) vs (25) Topfield College Boys.
Girl’s Final (14/3/2017)
Wesley Girl’s Secondary school (28) vs (21) Topfield College (Girls)
Boy’s Final (14/3/2017)
Whitesand College (28) vs (30)International School, Unilag.